Student Activities and Organizations

A list of all student organizations and their contact information can be found on the Cornell University Student Organizations website.

  • AAP Ambassadors aims to give prospective students the best first impression and to ensure that the friendship continues to thrive beyond Cornell days. AAP Ambassadors host guided tours of the college as well as orientation events that spark the conversation between the college's three departments. Learn more by contacting aap-admissions@cornell.edu.
  • Art Majors Organization (AMO) facilitates the exchange of ideas between art students of all years in the Department of Art. It brings together a community for artists to cultivate, foster, and encourage passion, and an interest in fine art. The club hosts events geared toward encouraging interactions between art students — undergraduates and graduates alike. Contact the Department of Art for more information.
  • Association is a student-run publication featuring the work of students, faculty, and alumni across the disciplines of architecture, art, and planning, with a particular interest in cross-disciplinary projects that demonstrate the connections between these fields.
  • The Association for Preservation Technology is dedicated to advancing the application of technology to the conservation of the built environment. 
  • Big Red Bikes is a student-run, nonprofit organization providing bike share service to the Cornell community. Students working in Big Red Bikes have the unique chance to impact Cornell's campus as part of an innovative business practicing social entrepreneurship. The staff is made up of students studying urban planning, business, engineering, and much more.
  • Convivium is a graduate student group that organizes a series of dynamic gatherings for any student interested in discussing matters of architecture, urbanism, and their relationships to cultural production.
  • The Cornell Association of Ph.D. Planners represents Ph.D. students in city and regional planning and historic preservation planning.
  • The Cornell chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) aims to engage and promote activism among the architecture student community on campus while representing the voice of architecture students to the world. Contact the Department of Architecture for more information.
  • Cornell Journal of Architecture (CJoA) is a critical journal of architecture and urbanism that is produced by editors in the Department of Architecture. Established in 1981, the journal has been the locus of critical discussions emanating from the study of architecture at Cornell.
  • Cornell University Sustainable Design (CUSD) is a student-led initiative that promotes education through action, empowerment, and innovation with design-build projects while utilizing an interdisciplinary, research-based approach to create resilient structures in the built environment and realize a future of ecological, social, and economic sustainability.
  • Design Connect is a multidisciplinary student-run organization that partners with local municipalities and nonprofits to provide design and planning services to communities in upstate New York.
  • History of Architecture and Urbanism Society (HAUS) is a group of Ph.D. students that coordinates a variety of topic-focused events, including a lecture series, film series, symposia, and field trips.
  • The International Planning Student Organization (IPSO) is a forum for learning, discussing, and exploring international planning issues in a diversity of contexts. It exists to build relationships with international development students in other departments of Cornell University, as well as other universities; to provide a better opportunity to link planning theory and practice, and reinforce cohesiveness within the International Studies in Planning (ISP) concentration within the Department of City and Regional Planning.
  • The Living Room is a student organization focused on inspiring lively debate within the Department of Architecture and across the university through the coordination of events that bring scholars, academics, and practitioners from the field of architecture and related disciplines to participate in public discussions on predetermined topics. Invitees are chosen by students and for students in an effort to appeal to a more engaged audience. Contact the Department of Architecture for more information.
  • Medium Design Collective is a platform for interdisciplinary design at Cornell University and empowers creative individuals through design.
  • National Organization for Minority Architects Students (NOMAS), the student group under the leadership of the National Organization of Minority Architects, is designed to expose architecture students of color to the history, culture, and practice of professional architects of color.
  • The Organization of Cornell Planners (OCP) is a graduate-level student group that facilitates constructive dialogue among students, faculty, and staff within the Department of City and Regional Planning and Cornell University. Their goals are to build ties between students and planning practitioners; to identify critical resources and make them accessible for graduate planning students in their academic and professional pursuits; and to foster cohesion within the department through an annual town hall event, social activities, workshops, and information dissemination.
  • The Organization of Urban and Regional Studies (OURS) is for undergraduates within the urban and regional studies program. Although this organization has members who are Cornell students, the organization is independent of the university.
  • Planning Students for Equity and Inclusion (PSEI) is a graduate, student-run organization with a vision of more equitable planning through the inclusion and support of diverse viewpoints and experiences. PSEI actively discusses and advocates around issues of diversity (race, gender, access, social justice, equity, etc.) in the Department of City and Regional Planning, across campus, and in the field of planning through monthly #RealTalk programs, guest speakers, movie nights, and other activities.
  • The Preservation Studies Student Organization promotes historic preservation education and advocacy efforts throughout the Cornell community and the wider preservation profession.
  • Thumbnail is an open forum for the exchange of ideas, based on the model of PechaKucha.
  • The Women's Planning Forum plays host to alumnae in the field and sponsors career workshops. The group arranges seminars, receptions, and special events, such as a grant-writing workshop and internship preparation seminar.