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Student Organizations

Student organizations at Columbia GSAPP support our community and enhance the academic experience.

All groups must be advised by a Columbia GSAPP Program Office and/or the GSAPP Student Affairs Office (studentaffairs@arch.columbia.edu). The administration is available to support student groups, process event approvals, and forward communications. Please reference the Student Organization Handbook for general information and resources.

The open resource Why Publish? Reframing the Stakes of Student Publications records and archives part one of a GSAPP Publications-hosted workshop that was held on July 26, 2022. Part two, Sharing Proposals, was held on Friday, October 7, 2022. Visit the event page to learn more.

AAD Student Committee
The AAD Student Committee ensures that AAD students, alumni, and prospective students are connected through events and activities. The role of this important organization is to intellectually engage with others whilst further stewarding possibilities and opportunities that the AAD program has to offer. The AAD Student Committee aspires to further engage as peers through different social media platforms, events, activities, and discussions. Our goal is to enrich, preserve, and build the AAD Legacy.
Benjamin Akhavan
Fahad Al-Dughaish
Noor Begum
Michelle Clara
Marie Christine Dimitri (Faculty Liaison)
Behruz Hairullaev
Jasmine Jalinous
Adjacent is focused around the idea that your architectural education can extend into many facets of professional deployment. At Adjacent, we use discussions, workshops, and social events as catalysts towards open and transparent conversations. We believe in sharing knowledge and tapping professional networks to gain insight into a variety of professional environments, adjacent career paths, market conditions, and ultimately, how students can take steps towards their dream careers.
APA Student Representative Committee
The New York Metro Chapter’s Student Representatives Committee (SRC) of the American Planning Association provides a means for Urban Planning students’ interests to be represented within APA and promotes student participation in the organization at the local and national levels. SRC presents a host of networking and professional development opportunities for students at New York City’s five urban planning schools and emerging planning professionals, including conferences, Q&A sessions, company tours, as well as the annual end-of-year APA Student Showcase. All urban planning students are eligible for an APA Student Membership.
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APA Student Representative Committee’s 2022 Alumni event in San Diego
Asia Real Estate Club
The Asia Real Estate Club is an inclusive club bridging the Asia real estate market with Columbia Students. We engage Columbia students in the real estate industry by bringing keynote speakers, organizing immersive tours, and providing networking opportunities as well as holding social events. The club is open to anyone, especially those with a passion for the exciting real estate markets and practice in Asia.
ASAPP is a student organization within the GSAPP, to provide a community for students who self-identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander and those interested in API area issues. We plan to promote more API students in architecture planning and preservation careers, help the API students speak, organize academic, social, career, and cultural events, and explore opportunities outside of school, aiming to build a strong and supportive API alumni network.
Yidan Li
Gertie Ma
Ziying Zhu
Black Student Alliance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (BSA+GSAPP)
The mission of the Black Student Alliance at Columbia GSAPP is to support the advancement and improve the experience of students who self-identify as members of the African diaspora by providing community, acting as a source of collegial support, and crafting meaningful, interrogative spaces for the many voices of the black GSAPP community to speak, engage in deliberate, careful, and shared modes of study within the school, and explore forms of exchange beyond the institution. Actively promoting the interests, scholarship, and creative production of black students, alumni, and future students at GSAPP, as well as black faculty, designers, scholars, and practitioners, BSA+GSAPP aims to cultivate a culture that supports affiliation for the development of a robust black alumni network.
President: Jennah Jones
Vice President: Fukunda Mbaru
Secretary/Historian: Syeeda Simmons
Alumni/Fundraising Chair: Kelsey Jackson
Events Chair: Laurin Moseley
Communications Chair: Sina Araya
Events Committee Members: Allon Morgan, Kayla Parsons
Alumni/Fundraising Committee Member: Geoffrey Hull
Design Driven Development
The Design Driven Development Club aims to bring together individuals passionate about architectural design and real estate to foster a holistic, design-centric approach to real estate development. Considering the creative and analytical processes involved in development are integrally connected, this club meets with design-driven developers to study the correlation between design excellence and ROI while also learning how to navigate developer and architect relationships. While developing an understanding of the value of design in the field of development, this club also explores the architect as developer, design-build and developer as constructor business models.

Design Driven Development Club visits Sumaida + Khurana, a New York-based development firm founded by Saif Sumaida and Amit Khurana
GreenSAPP’s mission is for students to engage with the climate-centered resources and community of Columbia and New York City. The organization gathers interested students across GSAPP for discussion, events, and site visits related to green built environment topics, including climate adaptation, green building, net zero, environmental conservation, and community engagement. GreenSAPP serves as a platform for green student initiatives and leadership as we step into our roles as leaders in shaping the built environment.
Chair: Sharon Mathews, MSUP
Co-Chairs for Events: Kenji Takahashi Ho, MSRED; Sianne Lau, MSRED
Co-Chairs for Communications and Outreach: Kavyaa Rizal, MSUP, Simar Kaur Kochhar, MSAAD.
GSAPP 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. GSAPP AIAS aims 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.
Graduate President: E.J. Shin
Undergraduate President: Dana Lee
Graduate Vice President: Mariam Jacob
Undergraduate Vice President: Berre Yildiz
Graduate Treasurer: Val Flanon
Undergraduate Treasurer: Marcos Valenzuela Cuevas
Graduate Secretary: Danyel Hueyopan
Undergraduate Secretary: Isabelle Clark
Undergraduate Board:
Eleanor Ding
Davis Hodge
Daniel Esler
Michelle Wang

GSAPP GAP brings together students from all programs who are interested in creating a more equitable built environment. It is a platform to bridge critical connections between our work and the communities we impact. In order to accomplish this in a holistic and comprehensive way, we emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration and approach the gaps between our programs as areas of opportunity to explore, expand, and/or connect in new ways.

We engage in site visits, participate in community events, and host guest lectures to learn from local practitioners who are already implementing this community-oriented intersectionality. GAP fosters opportunities to tangibly work toward a socially-conscious built environment.

NOMA (National Organization of Minority Architects) is an association comprised of designers, architects, and allied professionals involved in creating a more diverse and inclusive design industry. The GSAPP NOMA Student Chapter utilizes professional and social programs to become a more equitable institution and connect students to the greater NOMA community. Our chapter promotes inclusivity through learning environments, professional development opportunities and social awareness through every design discipline.
Co-chairs: Maria Doku, Eric Hagerman
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NOMAS’ first meeting on January 26, 2022
GSAPPX+ is a student-run initiative led by womxn that champions learning and unlearning through the power of conversation. GSAPPX+ cultivates a discourse that highlights and amplifies a diversity of voices engaged in the fields of design and the built environment. We use a combination of casual meetings and external events to nurture a collective notion of gender equity and individual empowerment to inform an inclusive and collaborative future.
Hospitality Development & Investments Club
The Hospitality Development & Investments Club explores topics across market environment, fiscal strategy, and design vision in order to understand how the industry is building with respect to consumer preferences. We organize lively events to experience hotels and venues firsthand as well as bring in world-class professionals within the industry to educate us on their insights across GP, LP, operational, and architectural relationships. We look forward to your engagement with our wonderful club and its active members!
Impact Investing Club
By creating opportunities for GSAPP students to engage with and learn from mission-driven professionals whose work has a double bottom line—a quantifiable social impact as well as a financial return—the Impact Investing Club seeks to educate those whose immediate and long-term post-GSAPP professional goals are to become investors and developers with a purpose.
International Real Estate Investment Club
The International Real Estate Investment Club aims to explore the nuances of investing in global real estate markets by harnessing the unique backgrounds of our members and promoting diversity of thought.
JSAPP is a demographic based club for Jewish Students to be able to connect and have a space of our own. Our mission statement: JSAPP seeks to create a connected and prosperous Jewish Community within the GSAPP student body. JSAPP will be a means of a represented collective for the minority of Jewish Students at Columbia GSAPP. We seek to further Jewish design excellence within the field of Architecture, Planning, Preservation, and Development while upholding the values of “Tikkun Olam.”
Juice Bar
Juice Bar is a quarterly student publication that is interested in articulating, questioning, and altering the value of and relationship between language and design. It is an archive of what we are thinking, doing, and making at architecture school, and a place to talk about it.
Core Members:
Anoushka Mariwala
Juliana Yang
David Zhang
Latin GSAPP Association
LatinGSAPP is an interdisciplinary student organization dedicated to the promotion, discussion and reflection of contemporary issues and ideas in Latin America. We recognize the importance and timeliness of thoughtful practice and research in the region of Latin America and by Latin Americans across the globe. Our primary objective is to raise awareness of this work and encourage cooperative involvement.
Markets & Coffee Club
The Markets & Coffee Club was born from the need to foster greater confidence and knowledge amongst our students when attending networking events, speaker events, and job interviews. Establishing a casual but educative conversation between the real estate finance theory learned in class and integrated with current events in the market can make the learning process fun and beneficial to students that want to learn more outside the classroom. Professor Munsell and Professor Cohane are the moderators of the club. Both are highly motivated professors that love to teach and certainly inspire students to do better and to want to learn more.
Masaha is a student association that investigates contemporary issues facing the Arab world. Using the historic Saha as precedent, Masaha creates a platform where diverse perspectives coexist to question and redefine the many Arab identities. The association aims to connect creative students across disciplines to contribute to the improvement and development of scholarship that focuses on the Arab world. In an existential time where we are witnessing cities being flattened to the ground, while others ascend vertically and unsustainably, we offer this platform for people who are interested in learning about our past, present, and future issues that continue to shape our cities and shape us. Masaha is a non-profit, non-political, non-religious professional organization that is open to all GSAPP students.

Academic Advisor:
Ziad Jamaleddine

Omer Gorashi
Mariam Mahmoud

MSRED Industrial Development Club

The Columbia MSRED Industrial Development Club seeks to promote interest and engagement in the development and financing of different types of industrial assets, such as warehouses and distribution centers, airports, and renewable energy.

The club will support education on this sector of development by inviting speakers from different parts of the industrial design and development process, facilitating site visits, and promoting networking opportunities. The club hopes to inspire a deeper knowledge and appreciation of this very important type of development!

PEEL Journal
Peel is a digital journal published by students from the MSAAD program. It sets itself to become a platform to discuss architecture as much more than an aesthetic art - to peel away the superficial layers and reveal the core impacts architecture has on our world. As such, and in relation to the AAD curriculum core, PEEL focuses on the notions of what it means to practice architecture and aims to expand the understanding of topics that can be engaged by it.

The Core:
Ahamed Abrar
Aashka Ajmera
Danyel Hueyopan
Yiyang Liao
Aditya Mehta
Pietro Rosano
Chih-Yu Wen
Zheng Xiang

Faculty Advisor: Mark A. Wigley

PropTech Club
The Columbia MSRED PropTech Club intends to bridge the gap between the rapidly evolving technology sector and the traditional real estate built environment. Through speaker series, networking opportunities, and company tours, this club will introduce students to the innovative companies that are shaping the landscape and the people behind them. Leveraging the diverse backgrounds of its members, we will work to understand new ways of improving the current efficiency of our industry by introducing creative ventures and revolutionary ideas. In connecting the current generation of industry leaders with the future generation, we hope to foster the interest and exposure of the PropTech sector in the real estate industry.
Queer Students of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (QSAPP)
QSAPP (Queer Students of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation) is a student organization that seeks to foster both conversation and community among LGBTQ students, their allies, faculty, and alumni of GSAPP. We actively explore contemporary queer topics and their relationships to the built environment through an engagement with theory and practice. Recently, QSAPP explored the problem of LGBTQ homeless youth and its intersection with design which resulted in a publication. This academic year, as part of a mission to support structural change, QSAPP will initiate a project we are tentatively calling Disappearing Queer(s); an exploration of individuals and spaces that have fostered queer activism and have been part of the lived experiences of queer people in New York City, with a particular focus on communities and neighborhoods that are underrepresented in the queer canon. All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend meetings and events and reach out to our organizers for more information.
Global Real Estate Club
The Global Real Estate Club is an organization dedicated to connecting students who are passionate about real estate development and are interested in pursuing it as a career. The Club welcomes students interested in development who may not yet have a focus but are eager to pinpoint their interest within the industry.
The organization facilitates networking opportunities with alumni and industry professionals in development, project management, asset management, acquisitions, and construction. The Club also aims to provide educational opportunities for members through guest speakers from industry leaders and alumni, a series of career workshops, in-person site visits, mentorship, and social events.
Real Estate Alternatives Club

The purpose of the real estate alternative investing club is to highlight, learn about and discuss real estate opportunities that are not traditional investment properties.

Some examples of alternative real estate investments include:

  • RV Parks, Mobile Home Parks, Self Storage
  • Glamping
  • Real estate crowdfunding
  • Mortgage investing
  • Real estate syndications

Alternative real estate investments can be a good option for investors who are looking for higher returns or diversification benefits. However, it is important to do your research and understand the risks involved before investing in any alternative real estate investment.

Real Estate Portfolio Management Club
The club meetings will focus on entrepreneurship, management, and strategies for managing portfolios of real estate assets, including, but not limited to, real estate developments, real estate equity investments, real estate debt investments (mortgages, mezzanine, and commercial mortgage-backed securities), credit facility strategies, and distressed debt investing. We plan to meet regularly and hold small classroom-like discussions, exploring both practical and theoretical topics, intending to prepare each other for careers as fund managers, whether for a private equity firm, a hedge fund, or to manage our own real estate portfolios in the future.
Real Estate Private Equity Club
The Real Estate Private Equity Club, associated with the Columbia GSAPP MSRED program, is committed to bringing accomplished leaders from across the real estate private equity industry to engage with our real estate-focused student body and community.
The Club’s goal is to provide a platform that drives meaningful discussions through dynamic events and speaker series presentations. Through enhancing the knowledge of prevailing market trends, gaining an understanding of current industry practices, as well as building and strengthening relationships, the organization hopes to educate and inspire future real estate private equity business leaders.
Repositioning & Adaptive Reuse Club

The Repositioning & Adaptive Reuse Club explores diverse approaches to repositioning and adaptive reuse within the real estate sector, encompassing historical and contemporary perspectives.

By inviting industry-leading guest speakers, organizing insightful site visits, facilitating thoughtful panel discussions, and conducting case studies, the Club aims to expose members to the intricacies of an investment strategy at the forefront of industry innovation and creativity. Additionally, the Club seeks to foster a deep comprehension of how this strategic approach can generate immense value amidst changing times and dynamic economic environments.

The GSAPP Student Council is an elected student body, made up of representatives of every program at the school. Student Council representatives are elected every Fall and serve a full calendar year, until the following Fall semester or until a representative graduates.
Sustainable Development Club
The Sustainable Development Club aims to educate and proliferate innovative approaches to environmentally-focused development practices. Subjects covered include energy efficiency and generation, water and resource conservation, environmental resiliency and response to natural disasters, nature conservation, and designing healthier communities. Sustainability topics are covered from a wholistic viewpoint considering the financial, design, legal, and social implications. Club activities include monthly meetings and social gatherings; lectures from industry leaders and innovators; site tours; and educational briefings. The club is open to all members of the greater Columbia University community and welcomes diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Urban China Network
Urban China Network (UCN) is an student organization founded in May 2013 by a group of Columbia GSAPP Urban Planning students with a strong interest in China’s urban issues. UCN aims to bring students, scholars as well as practitioners from various disciplines in the Greater New York area into the discussion of China’s urbanization, and ultimately to facilitate the communication between cities in China and the U.S.
Co-President: Wei Xiao
Co-President: Zhiyang Chen
Treasurer/Financial Officer: Kelly Hu
Media and Design Officer: Yuan He

8th Urban China Forum
Smart City and Info Universe

November 7, 2021

URBAN Magazine
URBAN is a magazine created, edited, and published by students of Columbia University GSAPP’s Urban Planning Program. As a forum for discussion among the students, faculty, and alumni of the program and GSAPP, each semester’s publication opens its pages to all realms of urban planning.
Senior Content Editor: Olivia Jia
Senior Design Editor: Felipe Urrutia
Senior Outreach Editor: Ethan Floyd
Urban Observation Squad
Taking advantage of this diverse city that we are in, we hope to bring together curious individuals from across the GSAPP community to explore different areas of NYC in organized walking trips guided by predetermined themes.

During these trips, participants will be encouraged to produce photos, videos, audio recordings, sketches, or other creative outputs. In this way, we hope to produce a dialogue between different perspectives via the curation of an end-of-semester exhibition, website, or zine. In the academic setting, we, as GSAPP students, intimately interact with the built environment, but are limited by the outputs and projects required by our classes. We hope this student organization can be a space that transcends academic disciplinary boundaries and encourages creative dialogue amongst students from different backgrounds.

Officer: Andrew Cronson

Urban Planning Program Council
Women in Real Estate Development
Women in Real Estate Development [WiRED] Club at Columbia’s MSRED program aims to connect, encourage and inspire female professionals in the commercial real estate space. This group promotes and organizes both on and off-campus events that foster women executives in a historically male-dominated field.

Events will include but not limited to lectures by female leaders, site tours and social gatherings. While the group is geared towards female students, our events are opened to the entire MSRED community so everyone can benefit from our supportive environment or knowledgeable speakers.

Co-Presidents: Sonia Leung & Katrina Lee
Social: Christina Bicks
Speaker: Adrienne Van
Marketing & Communications: Nell El Souri