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Student Organizations


The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architectural education. The mission of the AIAS is to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture.

The mission of the AIAS is:

To promote excellence in architecture education, training and practice. We celebrate our membership in several ways. Members of the AIAS have the opportunity to have their work published in CRIT, Journal of the AIAS the only international journal devoted to the work and critical thoughts of architecture students.

To foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines. We host an annual convention, FORUM, which provides students with the opportunity to learn about the issues facing architectural education and the profession, to meet students and professionals with common interests, and to interact with some of today’s leading architects and designers.

To enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration. Through the Freedom by Design™ program, we are organizing our members to be good citizens in their communities.

To organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. We serve as the sole student voice in the decision making process of such organizations as The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).


The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is a club/organization for Architecture students. Find more information on their website,

The AIAS FIU Chapter is a non-profit, student run organization that focuses on promoting excellence in architecture education, training and practice. Check out their Facebook for updates and event information.

President: Monica Vega,
Vice President: Carla Escobar,
Social Chair: Brad Alvarez,
Treasurer: Alejandro Grudzinski,
Secretary: Bernice Chavez,

Faculty Advisor: Jaime Canaves,


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Instagram: @aias_fiu (


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Alpha Rho Chi is a co-ed, social and professional fraternity for students of architecture and the allied arts. With chapters all over the country, Alpha Rho Chi is the largest Social Professional Architecture fraternity in the United States. Located at Florida International University, Miami Florida, we welcome students from the College of Architecture and the Arts to become a part of our family, although all majors are welcome with an interest in architecture and the allied arts. Over the course of a year we are involved in various activities on and off campus including lectures, workshops, philanthropic events and much more.

The many benefits of Alpha Rho Chi include leadership experience (perfect for resumes), advice within the programs of the PCA-SOA, and friendships that will last far beyond graduation.

Alpha Rho Chi derived its name from the first three letters of the Greek spelling of the word “architecture”—alpha (A), rho (P) and chi (X).

Discover what Alpha Rho Chi has to offer. Our chapters across the country have repeatedly earned the top award in the Greek fraternal systems for academic excellence. Our brotherhood—unique in its membership of men and women—strives to achieve fellowship and unity by perpetuating merit in studies and rigor in tradition. For us, there is no compromise, no uncertainty and no regret. For us, personal and collective strength is of the essence. Our numbers are small but sufficient. We are not an elitist organization. We believe in equality of gender and race. We strive to uphold standards and ethics of the design world and society in general. So if you have the inclination, a love of the arts, and a desire to succeed, seek us out and understand why this brotherhood is forever.

Our vibrant character as a Fraternity, focused on architecture and the allied arts, shines ever forward in the city of Miami and beyond. We are surrounded by the unique energy that is our major, and with it are able to provide a positive impact in the community as well as within Florida International University. Our events are numerous and fun, whether professional or leisure, and simply cannot be listed here. Join us in the fun and become a member of the Nicon Chapter of Alpha Rho Chi today!

The following is additional aspects of our Fraternity that may or may not be included on the website. It is entirely up to the Web Designer.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX) prepares its members to live up to the demands and expectations of the business world. Members learn to live and work with other people and to share experiences and ideas, By practicing tolerance, consideration and mutual respect, they observe and develop principals of leadership, service, communication and human relations.
Alpha Rho Chi provides programs that compliment and expand a student’s academic training. Programs offered include résumé and portfolio workshops, tours and lectures. I.M. Pei, E. Fay Jones and R. Buckminster Fuller are among the prominent designers that have been featured at APX sponsored events.
Alpha Rho Chi is able to fund numerous scholarships through the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation. The Foundation also sponsors the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal program. This medal is awarded each year to a graduating senior at every accredited college of architecture to encourage professional leadership.

A major benefit of Alpha Rho Chi membership is the opportunity for association with the alumni and faculty. Through first-hand information and contemporary experience, these professionals are able to assist in defining academic, personal and career objectives. Student members have the opportunity to visit design professionals’ offices and construction sites and to meet people involved in the building industry. Faculty, many of whom are initiated members of APX, also serve to council students in career path decisions. Alpha Rho Chi members enjoy strong faculty support because our local chapters help bridge the gaps, real or imagined, between students, faculty and practicing professionals.
Student membership in Alpha Rho Chi is an instant access to peer support from upper classmen. With the help of older and wiser members, a student can gain critical insight into the expectations of the upcoming years of study.

Alpha Rho Chi connects students and professionals to one another across the country and even across the globe. APX members form an extensive professional network of architects, interior designers, landscape architects and engineers, thus ensuring that there is always a friendly face in any new environment.
Our alumni associations sponsor casual and formal alumni gatherings on a regular basis. Our chapters sponsor alumni, faculty and student gatherings, sometimes co-sponsored with other student professional organizations. Each and every event is an opportunity to make contacts within the profession.
Our annual convention is a primary opportunity to renew old friendships and form new associations with other Alpha Rho Chi members, with national vendors and with national firms.

Alpha Rho Chi fosters a forum for social interaction beyond the typical academic experience. The single most important aspect of becoming a member of APX is the opportunity to establish both professional and social relationships that will continue long after college. These lines of communication provide opportunities for students and professionals alike to grow in ways unique to Alpha Rho Chi. Activities outside of the classroom or studio encourage the mutual respect and support necessary for a lifetime of opportunity and friendship. The strong ties of brotherhood set Alpha Rho Chi apart from other professional organization, yet a shared professional interest in architecture and the allied arts differentiates Alpha Rho Chi from other Greek letter societies.

Worthy Architect (President): Michael Peisel,
Worthy Associate Architect (Vice President): Agustin Martins,
Worthy Scribe (Secretary): Brian Rivera,
Worthy Clerk (Secretary): Anica Lompre,
Worthy Estimator (Treasurer): Luis Marenco,
Superintendent: Maria Sol Rivera,
Sergeant-in-Arms: Ruben Pacheco,
Faculty Advisor: Malik Benjamin,






The National Organization of Minority Architect Students at FIU is here to provide students with another avenue that will allow various cultures within a specific career to unite. We give students an opportunity to create relationships with both architect students and professionals throughout the nation. We participate mostly in social gatherings, informational seminars, and competitions. The ultimate goal in having this organization, is to inspire students to continue pursuing their career goals while simultaneously allowing their culture to influence their work in an innovative way.

For more information visit our website:

President: Santasha Hart,
Vice President: Alexa Marie-Monfort,
CSO Representative: Jorge Rodriguez,
Secretary: Jasmin Jenkins,

Faculty Advisor: Mark Marine,




Image courtesy of the Tau Sigma Delta National Chapter.

Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society

Sigma Xi Chapter



Founded in 2003, the Sigma Xi Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta [TSD] is the multi-disciplinary Honor Society of the School of Architecture at The Florida International University College of Architecture + The Arts.

The inaugural chapter of the national honor society was founded in 1913 at the University of Michigan to celebrate academic excellence in the study of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. TSD has since expanded its mission to include most of the design disciplines and all the allied arts. Nationally, there are over 80 active university chapters. At Florida International University, Tau Sigma Delta honors the academic accomplishments of students in the departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design.  


Tau Sigma Delta was established to provide a national collegiate honor society open to students of all American colleges and universities with accredited professional programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and all of the Allied Arts and professions. Its mission is to celebrate excellence in scholarship, to stimulate intellectual and creative achievement, and to recognize those students who attain high scholastic standing in their respective design disciplines.

Based on academic performance, students in the final 2 years of their first professional degree programs are invited to become members of Tau Sigma Delta. Students rank in the top 10% of their respective departments.

Tau Sigma Delta Medals:
In 1969, the National Chapter of Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society established an award for distinction known as the Tau Sigma Delta Medal. Three medals were designated for three categories of recognition. The medals and categories of recognition are as follows:

  • Gold Medal 
    The Gold Medal is awarded only by the National Grand Chapter to a professional with a record of high distinction in design in the field of architecture, landscape architecture or the allied arts. The selection is made by the National Grand Chapter of the Society, and the award is presented annually as a part of the ACSA Annual Meeting.
  • Silver Medal 
    The Silver Medal may be awarded by individual chapters of Tau Sigma Delta at their discretion to a professional with a record of distinction in design. The selection is made by the membership of each chapter, including students and faculty members.  Additionally, the Silver Medal may be awarded by the National Grand Chapter to members of the society who have distinguished themselves by outstanding service to the society, or to the field of architectural education.
  • Bronze Medal
    The Bronze Medal is awarded by each individual chapter of Tau Sigma Delta to a graduating student who has distinguished him/herself in design excellence and scholarship. The selection of the recipient is made by the student membership of each chapter.  At Florida International University, the Bronze Medal is awarded at Commencement each year. 

From the Tau Sigma Delta website:


Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society

Sigma Xi Chapter |  2014-2015 Executive Board:

President: Andrea Rivera,
Vice President: Monica Vega,
Secretary: Ruth Brooks,
Treasurer: Carla Escobar,

Faculty Advisor: Professor Marilys Nepomechie: