Student Organizations

College life is more than books and classwork! Get involved on campus by joining a student club or organization.

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Student Organizations

Student organizations are a great way to network, build your resume and further explore your interests outside the classroom. Being part of a student organization can help you make important connections with your peers (who are also future professional colleagues), with local professionals through mentoring programs, field trips and with national student and professional organizations that may help you with your long-term career plans and goals.

Student organizations are also a lot of fun and a fantastic opportunity to enhance your university experience, meet other students who share your interests and give back to the community. There are over 1000 clubs and organizations at ASU. Visit ASU Student Organizations to explore all the opportunities.

Some student organizations also have service and volunteer components that help build homes for Habitat for Humanity, survey inner city neighborhoods about transportation planning or design and build play areas for children. These experiences enhance your classroom learning experience and help you become a part of the design and arts community.

Browse the list of Design School student organizations and clubs.

For more information about participating, contact club representatives directly.


American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched progressive programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of 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.


For information about membership email AIAS-ASU.

Follow the AIAS on social media.

National AIAS website


Alpha Rho Chi

Alpha Rho Chi is a national professional coed fraternity for architecture and the allied arts. We unite students and encourage them to develop through professional experiences, mentoring and community service while being a social outlet geared towards design.

The mission of Alpha Rho Chi according to our national constitution is “to organize and unite for educational professional development purposes the students of Architecture and the Allied Arts in the universities and colleges of America and the alumni members of this fraternity in order that this fraternity may promote the artistic, scientific and practical proficiency of its membership and the profession.”

Example of activities include:

  • Professional events with our alumni such as dinners and firm tours;
  • A small mentoring program that meets in social and professional settings (going bowling or attending a lecture together);
  • Group critiques to help each other better our studio work;
  • Community Service projects; and
  • Social gatherings such as movie nights and dinner intended to help students step away from the intensity of class work and have fun with friends who can relate

For information about membership email the chapter.

Alpha Rho Chi national website.

Follow Alpha Rho Chi on social media.

American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

Founded in 1899, the American Society of Landscape Architects is the national professional association representing landscape architects. Beginning with 11 original members, ASLA has grown to more than 16,200 members and 48 chapters, representing all 50 states, US territories and 42 countries around the world.

ASLA promotes the landscape architecture profession and advances the practice through advocacy, education, communication, and fellowship.

What is Landscape Architecture?

Landscape architecture encompasses the analysis, planning, design, management and stewardship of the natural and built environments. Types of projects include: residential, parks and recreation, monuments, urban design, streetscapes and public spaces, transportation corridors and facilities, gardens and arboreta, security design, hospitality and resorts, institutional, academic campuses, therapeutic gardens, historic preservation and restoration, reclamation, conservation, corporate and commercial, landscape art and earth sculpture, interior landscapes and more. Landscape architects have advanced education and professional training and are licensed in 47 states.

Public Relations and Advocacy

ASLA works to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the profession of landscape architecture. ASLA is an active advocate for the profession at the local, state, and national levels on public policy issues including licensure, livable communities, surface transportation, the environment, historic preservation, small business issues and more.

ASLA National website and ASLA ASU blog

ASLA ASU website

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Graphic Design Student Association (GDSA)

The purpose of the Graphic Design Student Association (GDSA) is about unity. All students in the Visual Communication Design program are considered members of the GDSA and are invited to attend any programs it may sponsor. The GDSA provides a link between visual communication design students, faculty and the professional community. It gives students a chance to meet together and discuss current events or changes within the visual communication program. The meetings are conducted in an open agenda format and anyone interested in visual communication design is welcome to attend and provide valuable input. The GDSA will also provide an opportunity to promote transdisciplinary activities and a general unification of not only Visual Communication Design students, but also students throughout the entire Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

The GDSA carries no affiliation with any political, religious or governmental organizations. The GDSA is governed by students, affiliated with students and participated by students.

Mission: "Promote class unity while achieving academic and design excellence"

For more information, please contact us by email.


Graphic Design Senior Student Association (GDSSA)

The GDSSA brings the combined knowledge of its members into a shared experience, ultimately realized in a collaborative public exhibit.

For more information, please email us.

Follow the GDSSA on social media.


Industrial Designers Society of America ASU Student Chapter (IDSA)

The mission of the ASU student chapter of IDSA is to unify, inspire, provoke and expand the horizons of ASU Industrial Design students. IDSA/ASU provides students with resources, interaction and experiences, to elevate their design skills.

  • Workshops
  • Industry interaction
  • Critiques
  • Student outreach
  • Mentor programs
  • Social events
  • Supply drive

What is Industrial Design?

Industrial Design is the professional service of creating products and systems that optimize function, value and appearance for the mutual benefit of user and manufacturer.

Industrial designers develop products and systems through collection analysis and synthesis of data guided by the special requirements of their client and manufacturer. They prepare clear and concise recommendations through drawings, models and descriptions. Industrial designers improve as well as create, and they often work within multi-disciplinary groups that include management, marketing, engineering and manufacturing specialists.

National Organization website

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International Interior Design Association ASU Student Chapter (IIDA)

The mission of IIDA is to foster a synthetic relationship between academia, students and professionals thus creating an agenda to raise the standards of our education and the design profession.

Activities: portfolio workshops, mentoring, co-sponsorship of annual career fair, firm and project tours, trade shows, etc.

National Organization website

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Herberger Institute Student Council

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts Student Council believes in serving the institute as a whole. We are an organization that uses programs and student-inspired activities to support students throughout the different phases of their academic journey. Working closely with the institute and the Undergraduate Student Government (USG), we connect the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts to ASU while creating an environment that is supportive of our different creative paths.

Herberger Institute Student Council Website: