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Clubs and Organizations

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Joining a student organization is a great way to get involved and meet new friends. NewSchool students are passionate about what they do – inside and outside of the classroom. We offer a variety of both social and career-focused organizations and students are also invited to form their own.

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AIAS Student Chapter

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) chapter at NewSchool is a student-run organization interested in enhancing the educational experience for architecture students on campus. AIAS works closely with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Architecture Accreditation Board (NAAB) to create exciting opportunities for NewSchool architecture students to become involved with the professional architecture community.

AIAS Annual Events

AIAS plans several events throughout the year with the goal of exposing architecture students to the professional architecture community and giving them opportunities to network and grow as professionals. Events include:

  • Napkin Sketch Auction
  • Faculty Dinner
  • Firm Tours
  • Shadow an Architect

Napkin Sketch Audition

One of the biggest annual events for NewSchool’s AIAS chapter is the Napkin Sketch Auction. Every year, NewSchool’s AIAS chapter invites
well-known architects from around the world to donate a sketch on a napkin. The napkins are then auctioned off to support AIAS.

The auction was inspired by the tradition that architects and designers can receive inspiration and sketch on something as simple as a napkin to communicate their ideas. Over time, these napkins have become pieces of art containing the essence of their projects. The event celebrates this tradition by inviting famous and local architects to submit a sketched napkin to be auctioned. All proceeds go towards funding students to attend national, leadership and professional conferences.

Alpha Rho Chi Chapter

Alpha Rho Chi is a professional co-educational college fraternity for students studying architecture and related professions. The fraternity’s name is derived from the first three letters of the Greek word for “architecture” — alpha (A), rho (P) and chi (X). Alpha Rho Chi was founded on April 11, 1914, when students at the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois joined to form a national organization for Architecture and the allied arts.


In the Summer of 2012, a petition was submitted to start a chapter of Alpha Rho Chi at NewSchool. While in Colony status, the group was required to complete a philanthropic event, a professional event, draft by-laws and incorporate with the state of California. The Numisius chapter of Alpha Rho Chi at NewSchool was installed on May 3, 2014.

Alpha Rho Chi participates in campus events and volunteers in the community with organizations such as Art San Diego, Maker’s Quarter and Boy Scouts of America Badge Clinics. You can also identify members on campus by their Azure and Sanguine pyramid pins.

Construction Management Student Association

The Construction Management Student Association (CMSA) at NewSchool creates opportunities for students interested in Construction Management to become more involved with the Construction Management professional community and develop their professional leadership skills.


CMSA organizes several events during the year that allows students to interact with local professionals as well as enhance their education outside of the classroom. Events include:

  • Field trips to local construction sites
  • Educational seminars and lectures
  • Opportunities to interact with local professionals
  • Activities to develop leadership and professional skills
  • Community outreach activities

Construction Specifications Institute Student Chapter

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) at NewSchool gives Architecture and Construction Management students an opportunity to expand what they are learning in the classroom. The goal of CSI is to provide extracurricular activities that complement the existing curriculum.


The objectives of CSI include:

  • Organize educational activities to coincide with existing curriculum.
  • Develop opportunities through lectures, tours, and networking events that complete the educational experience.
  • Proactively collaborate with other student organizations to maximize networking.
  • Provide access to Intern Development Plan (IDP)-approved programs and event

Student Council

Student Council members are the official student representatives of NewSchool of Architecture & Design. Student Council aims to promote social, cultural, and educational programs, advocate for student interest, provide leadership opportunities, and participate in shared governance.

Join Student Council

Student Council is actively seeking students interested in serving as official student representatives of NewSchool. If you’re interested in learning more about the Student Council, email