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Student Organizations

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

All groups must be advised by a GSAPP Program Office and/or the GSAPP Student Affairs Office. The administration is available to support student groups, process event approvals and forward communications.

Please reference the Student Organization Handbook for information and resources, or contact studentaffairs@arch.columbia.edu with any other questions.

6on6

6on6 is a student-led organization for all current and incoming students in all programs at GSAPP. Historically, it used to happen on the 6th floor of Avery at 6pm on Fridays – thus the name.

Although the name and time were preserved to carry on with the tradition, the location expanded to encompass venues beyond campus. With the current pandemic situation, 6on6 is still bringing everyone together through its virtual 6on6 zoom lounge.

Attend to learn more about 6on6 and its collaboration with the various student organizations at GSAPP.

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: planning.org/join

Co-Chairs Regina Alcazar and Sebastian Salas

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.

Ife Vanable
Contact email: bsagsapp@gmail.com
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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.

Co-President: Maxwell Djakasaputra
Co-President: Alex Cutrona
Communication Chair: Kylie Pond
Membership Chair: Weicheng Wang
Finance Chair: Jeffrey Adler
Finance Chair: Nailantei Leperes
Social Media Chair: Mustafa Kamil
Social Chair: Olivia McCaughey
Marketing & Graphics Chair: Yeshu Tan
Alumni & Mentorship Chair: Nash Taylor
Company/Site Visits Lead: Reed Gordon
RE Trek Lead: Agnes Cheung
M.Arch Liaison: Begum Karaoglu

The East Asia Real Estate Club

The East Asia Real Estate Club is an inclusive club bridging the gap between East Asia Real Estate and Columbia Students. We will engage speakers discussing current real estate matters in East Asia, provide networking opportunities, tour Asian architecture and development around New York, and create a bond with our other MSRED students who are still in Asia and couldn’t make it here due to visa issues. The club is open to anyone, especially those with a passion for East Asian Culture.

David Holiner
Yeshu Tan
SiQi Zhang

GreenSAPP

The mission of GreenSAPP is to promote a greater emphasis on and engagement with the topic of climate change in the curriculum and student life at GSAPP as we step into our roles as leaders in shaping the built environment.

GreenSAPP was founded in 2019. We pursue a number of different projects ranging from campus sustainability initiatives to curricular research.

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Caitlyn Campbell
Adam Vosburgh
Hayes Buchanan

GSAPPX+

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.

Charlotte Yu
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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.

Eric Iglesias
Joshua Gonzalez

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.

President: Daanish Lalani

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.

Co-director, Outreach: Luis Miguel Pizano-Andrade
Co-director, Secretary: Alice Fang
Special Projects: Anays Gonzalez Sanchez
Events: Osvaldo Delbrey
Communications: Maria Perez Benavides
Alumni Advising Chair: Pablo Taberna

contact email: latin.gsapp@gmail.com
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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.

Alek Tomich
Nelson De Jesus Ubri
Contact email: qsapp.gsapp@gmail.com
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Real Estate Private
Equity Club

The Real Estate Private Equity Club at Columbia’s MSRED program is committed to bringing accomplished leaders from across the real estate private equity industry to campus, to engage with Columbia’s real estate-focused student body and community. Our goal is to provide a platform to drive meaningful discussion, through dynamic events and speaker presentations that educate and inspire Columbia’s future real estate private equity business leaders.

Lavy Rosenthal

(re)titled project

(re)titled project is made up of student writers and editors who wish to engage in written theory, criticism, and architectural discourse during their time at Columbia GSAPP. (re)titled is structured as a loosely organized collective of individuals and groups that take on or collaborate on various independent projects. At its core, (re)titled project is a space for students to engage ideas, build community, share the resources needed to realize their visions, and ultimately to lower the barrier to entry associated with engaging canon. Any student can join. Diverse views and unique voices are paramount to the success of the group. There will be semi-regular talks and discussion series about writing, publishing, and agency within the broader sphere of architectural academia.

Academic Advisor
Professor Mark Wigley, Dean Emeritus

Founding Editors
Alina Abouelenin
Matthew Brubaker
Ian Wach

contact email: retitledproject@gmail.com

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.

Contact Kelly Connelly for more information.

UP Program Council

The Urban Planning Program Council is composed of a group of planning students elected by their peers, who act as coordinators and communicators between the students and the faculty and administration.

Elaine Mingsum Hsieh
Yuning Feng
Shih Yu Liu
Eve Passman
Derek Brennan

contact email: up_council@arch.columbia.edu

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.

President: Xifan Wang
Treasurer: Hui Lu
Secretary: Jiuyu Wang
Liaison Officer: Caili Li
Event Planner: Hanzhang Yang
Media Officer: Angel Yin

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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.

Geon Woo Lee
Zeineb Sellami
Tihana Bulut

Contact email: urban.submissions@gmail.com

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.
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