Entering the College of Architecture and Planning, you will find a diverse and stimulating atmosphere. The student clubs and organizations contribute to that atmosphere. They are a great way to network and meet your peers, because as they say, sometimes it comes down more to whom you know than anything else.

Here are prominent student organizations you might be interested in learning more about.

National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

“We add strength to the voice with which we can speak against apathy, bigotry, intolerance and ignorance; against abuse of the natural environment; and for the unempowered, the marginalized and disenfranchised.” 

Started by black architects nearly 50 years ago, NOMA’s purpose is to minimize the effects of racism in the architecture profession. The student-run branch, known as the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS), is a student group whose aim is to foster a community of educated and empowered designers, who recognize and speak up against racism, bigotry, and injustice in the profession. NOMAS is an organization that champions diversity and inclusivity, and which recognizes the creativity, success, and excellence of socially equitable design practices which have been ignored for so long. Through advocacy, community engagement, and professional development, NOMAS challenges its members to advocate for justice and equity in their profession and communities.

NOMAS Purpose:

  • To foster communication and fellowship among minority architects through educational, social, and charitable programs and projects.
  • To fight discrimination and other selection policies being used by public and private sector clients to unfairly restrict minority architects’ participation in design and construction.
  • To promote the design and development of living, working, and recreational environments of the highest quality for all people.

For more information or to join our email list contact us at: Noma.cudenver@gmail.com


All for Women in Architecture (AFWIA)

An organization that is focused on the work of women architects. The mission of the group is to bring to light some of the forgotten women architects from history as well as the work of other women architects to date. The organization shall also be conducting presentations, discussions, and other events in the light of architecture by women. The organization shall be serving the department and university by preparing the students to enter the industry as soon as they graduate and to prepare other genders about the awareness of being a female architect in the industry. There are many male and other gender architects who have promoted the growth of some of the women architects who shall be hailed and talked about through this organization. All for Women in Architecture is a social group bringing awareness and broadening perspectives about works of women in architecture, hence it is open to all genders with a male participant as the vice-president of the organization. It will serve the CU Denver community through awareness and the opportunity to participate in different events.

President email: izna.manzoor@ucdenver.edu

Vice President email: Yasir.abdulah@ucdenver.edu

Secretary email: Isabella.James@ucdenver.edu


American Institute of Architecture Students

The AIAS CU Denver Chapter is an outgoing group of architecture students interested in investing extracurricular time in being more engaged in the world of architecture. Our members have established and participate in various student committees where they can learn more about and make a difference in their specific areas of interest, such as the Committee on the Environment for those interested in sustainable design, and many others. Furthermore, AIAS members have access to more design competitions and networking events than many others.

AIAS CU Denver Chapter Facebook page


American Planning Association Students (APAS)

The intent of the organization for Planning students is to bring together students interested in the field of planning and facilitate connections between them and the professional planning community. The spirit of the organization is to allow you to explore your potential in the field and to have a lot of fun interacting with your fellow students.

President email: sara.kohles@ucdenver.edu

APAS CU Denver Chapter Instagram page

APAS CU Denver Chapter Facebook page


American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA)

ASLA CU Denver is the student chapter of ASLA at the University of Colorado Denver. Our mission is to further the profession of landscape architecture through student leadership, education, service, and professional interaction. We strive to promote the mission and goals of ASLA and ASLA Colorado.

ASLA CU Denver Chapter Facebook page


WTS Colorado Student Chapter

WTS Colorado Student Chapter is about bringing people together - all genders and disciplines - to elevate women in leadership and advance transportation equity and innovation. WTS Colorado Student Chapter provides opportunities for students to engage with like-minded students and professionals in the transportation field through networking events, participating in mentoring and job shadowing opportunities, and engaging with fellow students in social and service activities. This organization is open to all students interested in the transportation field and welcomes students from the University of Colorado Denver and Metro State University, with the goal of reaching out to students at other universities throughout Colorado.

President Email: emily.hoopes@ucdenver.edu

WTS Colorado Students Facebook Page

WTS Colorado Students Instagram Page


Design-Build Institute of America-CU Denver Chapter

Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Student Chapters are dedicated to promoting widespread and successful utilization of the design-build project delivery method in shaping the built environment. To accomplish this goal, they are committed to fostering interdisciplinary education and communication relative to integrated facilities delivery.

DBIA CU Denver Chapter website



Students for Classical Architecture

Students for Classical Architecture promotes discussion regarding how best to incorporate architectural fundamentals into a contemporary curriculum and supports architecture students around the world who would like classical educational opportunities offered in their universities.

Students for Classical Architecture Facebook page


CU Denver Urban Horticulture Club

The Urban Horticulture Club represents student interest in the practices of horticulture in the urban context of Denver, Co. We invite any student to join and participate. The club's mission is to educate the students attending University of Colorado Denver in the practices and philosophies of horticulture. To build stronger ties within the community through collaborative work and service. To introduce, rediscover, and develop horticultural practices in an urban environment.

CU Denver Urban Horticulture Club Facebook page