The Department of Architecture is home to four registered student organizations. These
are the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), the Construction Specifications
Institute Student Affiliate (CSI-S), the International Interior Design Association
Campus Center (IIDA), and the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students
These organizations sponsor various events throughout the academic year including
workshops, special lectures, and site visits to architecture and design offices and
built and under construction projects. They offer an opportunity to meet other students
and practicing professionals through participation in both educational and recreational
Membership in AIAS, CSI-S, IIDA and NOMAS is open to any student in architecture,
interior design, or a related area of study. Students may join at any time.
Each year, the Department brings prominent local architects and designers into the
design studios to expose students wide-ranging ideas and design concepts. Students
also participate in the professional development lecture series in concert with AIA
Memphis, Memphis Heritage, Inc., and others. Visitors under this program include Antoine
Predock, Will Bruder, Merrill Elam, James Cutler, Marlon Blackwell, Julie Snow, Italian
architect Andrea Ponsi, Canadian architect Bryan MacKay-Lyons, Gary Cunningham, and
Lectures and other events sponsored by the College of Communication and Fine Arts
are available for students as well. Students have worked on installations with acclaimed
artists includingh Todd Slaughter, Michael Shaughnessey, and Terry Allen as well as
architect/artist Coleman Coker.
Advanced elective design studios are available in which journeys are taken both within
the United States and abroad. Special emphasis is placed on study abroad in Italy,
Switzerland, and the Netherlands. Also, formal and informal journeys are scheduled
over fall and spring breaks as well as other times during the academic year.
Help the Community
Through a variety of programs, students may become involved in special community projects.
Examples include an urban design project for a local Community Development Corporation,
a series of revitalization proposals for Memphis Housing Authority, prototype designs
for low cost infill housing for City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community
Development, various riverfront projects, an artist ranch in Mississippi, an urban
revitalization and design plan for West Memphis, Arkansas, an urban design plan for
Covington, Tennessee, and several smaller individual projects.
Many students also participate in the University Honors Program as well as the Department
of Architecture Honors Program, earning Honors distinction on their diploma. For more
information on departmental honors, please contact Professor Michael Hagge. Please
visit the University Honors Program website for more information on university honors.
Examples of student work may be seen in the display cases and in the design studios.
Visitors are welcome.