AIAS is a national organization focusing on professional development for architecture students. By connecting with architecture students from schools across the country, and with practicing professionals, AIAS prepares students for the future. The Ball State chapter focuses on creating connections by holding numerous yearly events within the College of Architecture and Planning, as well as by attending national conventions and visiting professional offices. AIAS provides a great opportunity to further develop passion and knowledge pertaining to the architectural profession.
Emerging Green Builders (Affectionately known as EGB) is the official Ball State student chapter of the USGBC (U.S. Green Building Council).
Our chapter promotes green design principles throughout the College of Architecture and Planning, Ball State University, and the state of Indiana. We are an interdisciplinary group of students, each with unique talents and diverse backgrounds. Together, we discuss passive design and renewable energy, as it relates to the world around us, in order to become the future leaders in the green building industry.
We regularly take tours of LEED certified buildings, receive lectures from practicing architects and LEED APs, and volunteer with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. If you are interested in building greener communities or want to find out more about our group come to one of our meetings! Meetings are typically held on Mondays at 5:00pm in the College of Architecture and Planning, on the first floor atrium.
The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) is an interdisciplinary organization that seeks to advocate diversity within the design profession by promoting academic excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members. As part of the Indianapolis local chapter, not only does NOMAS contain a diverse group of architecture students, but it also consists of landscape architecture and urban planning students. NOMAS encourages students to increase and refine their design capabilities, which helps give them confidence and assurance to continue pursuing a career in one of the three design fields.
Every year, NOMAS holds weekly meetings where members gather to discuss projects and influential figures in the design fields. They also participate in various group and individual activities at these meetings. There are opportunities for them to present their projects to receive feedback from their peers. Outside of the meetings, members partake in fundraisers to gain funds for the organization by selling donuts, coffee, and other goods to students around the university. Moreover, they do community service around the City of Muncie. As the student branch of the parent professional organization, the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), the organization participates at the annual NOMA National Conference for the Student Design Competition Program and networking opportunities.
GLUE is the student publication of the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. Initially an architectural publication dubbed glUe in 1999, the journal lived on for ten years before ceasing to exist. glUe laid dormant for five years, slowly slipping away from the collective memory of CAP. In 2014, a group of students revived the journal, expanding its pages to all departments and rebranding as GLUE Publication.
GLUE aspires to showcase the hard work of the students and faculty of CAP. With each issue, one can view the evolution of design. With each page, a moment in design is preserved, archiving the fruition of the year's work.
GLUE's revival coincided with the 50th anniversary of our college, a monumental celebration that brought on lots of change. As CAP evolves, GLUE becomes more and more relevant. GLUE documents our growth as a school, compiling moments large and small, that glue CAP together.
Freedom by Design
Freedom by Design (FBD) is a student run organization under AIAS whose goal is to provide its members with community service and project experience. FBD works primarily in the Muncie community with clients that have difficulty moving around their homes due to various physical disabilities. We provide various small home improvements such as railings, wheelchair ramps, etc. to help improve the daily lives of our clients. Projects are completed with no cost to the homeowner.
In Freedom by Design, students are able to be involved in all stages of the design/build process. FBD members are responsible for fundraising, locating materials, budgeting the project, and communicating with the client. Members also create the construction drawings and handle the physical construction of the project, too.