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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.

Questions? Contact studentaffairs@arch.columbia.edu.

APA Student Representative Committee

The Student Representatives Council (SRC) of the American Planning Association provides a means for Urban Planning students’ interests to be represented within APA and promote student participation in the organization. Events will include 1-2 networking events per semester (i.e. happy hour, something casual and social), an educational tour (i.e. Newtown Creek, Freshkills), and a day of volunteering / community service.

Regina Alcazar
Savannah Wu

Black Student Alliance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (BSA+GSAPP)

The purpose/mission of BSA+GSAPP is to support the advancement of students who self-identify as members of the African diaspora, to succeed both academically and socially during their tenure at GSAPP and beyond; enabling them to ultimately become a valuable network resource to current and future students after graduation, as alumni. The goal is to provide a community and source of collegial support mechanisms at GSAPP that actively promote the interest of the black students, alumni, and future students. It is also the aim of the organization to provide a platform for the promotion of scholarship and creativity in writing, architecture, design, real estate, finance, urban planning, historic preservation and the allied arts. The organization will also seek to foster dialog and collaboration among black designers both within and beyond Columbia University.

Ife Vanable


CC is a bi-weekly student-run print publication that enables views of GSAPP students to be freely shared.

Please attend CC’s meetings to learn more about contributing to the publication as an editor, graphic designer, writer, web designer, or coordinator. Meetings are open to all Columbia students and collaborations with other student groups and Columbia schools for production methods and content are encouraged.

Douglas Hartig, dmh2211@columbia.edu

(GSAPP chapter of ArchiteXX)

ArchiteXX is a national women’s organization aimed at bridging the gap between academia and practice. Here at GSAPP, it is an independent, student run organization. We are committed to using the ArchiteXX platform to expand and diversify our communal academic endeavors by injecting the voices of inspiring women who practice in the field of design.

Adina Bauman

HYPHEN Magazine

HYPHEN was born out of the urge of not only wanting to provide a voice for GSAPP students, but also a platform for the GSAPP experiment outside of the walls of Avery Hall. At its core, GSAPP teaches its students to not only answer tough questions, but more importantly be the ones asking them. With HYPHEN, we intend to do precisely that; each issue seeks to create a discourse around a specific question or problem by breaking from traditional forms of representation and story-telling. We believe it is critical to not only engage the field of architecture but also other stakeholders involved in the subjects we explore in order to paint a more inclusive and cohesive picture around topics of the built environment. Thus, we encourage the use of any visual medium that best ignites a conversation, whether written, drawn, photographed, or otherwise, to establish a deeper level of understanding between various disciplines.

HYPHEN seeks to re-define the narrative surrounding architecture. Through non-specific methods of story-telling and through the inclusion of diverse voices we believe that a new publication can emerge with originality, purpose, and intentionality. HYPHEN refutes the idea of representation overthinking. HYPHEN discards the notion that the polemic is the most effective entry-point into architectural theory, it may be the fastest but it is the least productive. HYPHEN will interrogate the hyper macro and the hyper micro, working inwards from the peripheries of “architecture” and thereby defining the middle ground through its own extremities. HYPHEN invites you to read, to be in between discourse, and to fulfill the implied.

HYPHEN MAGAZINE is currently looking for motivated GSAPP students to join its editorial team as well as for contributions to its first call to entry “Ruralism Dialogues.”

Please get in touch and help us start something amazing: editors.hyphenmagazine@gmail.com

Academic Advisor
Professor Mark Wigley, Dean Emeritus

Founding Editors
Alina Abouelenin
Matthew Brubaker
Ian Wach

Hospitality Experience Leisure & Lifestyle (HELL)

We are living in the golden age of travel. Business and leisure travel has grown exponentially, and the hospitality industry is in a rapid expansion mode to meet the increasing global demand. The Hospitality Experience Leisure & Lifestyle (HELL) Club at at Columbia’s MSRED program represents a diverse group of real estate professionals that will focus on the development aspect of the industry. One of the key development goals in hospitality is to create distinctive and unique experiences which delight, intrigues and exceeds expectations. HELL strives to understand the techniques and creative process required to deliver a product the market will welcome while rewarding investors. The group holds round-table discussions with industry leaders and conducts site tours to observe how hotel operations and architecture fuse the ideal guest experience.

Quinn Mann Montano
Lora Wenlu Li
Gino Hourani

International Real Estate Club

The world is becoming smaller through better connectivity and technology. Global Real Estate markets could provide opportunities for future investments and ventures. The International Real Estate Club at Columbia’s MSRED program aims to foster lifelong friendships while learning insights and investment strategies to bring our projects on a global stage. Through in-depth sessions with expert industry speakers and social events with our diverse alumni network of past and current MSRED students, we will create a platform where ideas develop and people connect.

Teodor Cataniciu
Zhen Wu

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.

Maria E Perez Benavides
Nelson De Jesus Ubri
Alice Fang
Mariana Hinojosa
Luis Miguel Pizano-Andrade

For more information, connect with us at: latin.gsapp@gmail.com

Program Council

M.ARCH 3rd year:
Allison Fricke, af2912@columbia.edu
Kate McNamara, kmm2310@columbia.edu

M.ARCH 2nd year:
Elie Zeinoun, ez2265@columbia.edu
Alina Abouelenin, aa3567@columbia.edu

M.ARCH 1st year:
Max Goldner, mpg2151@columbia.edu
Adam Vosburgh, akv2118@columbia.edu

Jinish Gadhiya, jpg2173@columbia.edu
Oscar A Mayorga Caballero, oam2115@columbia.edu

Hala Abukhodair, ha2538@columbia.edu
Sushmita Shekar, ss5880@columbia.edu

Jumanah Abbas jma2255@columbia.edu
Caitlyn Campbell cc4485@columbia.edu

M.S. HP, 2nd Year:
Caitlin Rudin Gardenie, cer2182@columbia.edu
Laura Garnier, log2102@columbia.edu

M.S. HP, 1st Year:
Will McCallum, wm2421@columbia.edu
Rachel Ericksen, rpe2109@columbia.edu

M.S. UP, 2nd Year
Ri Le, rl2999@columbia.edu
Jean Kim, jk3458@columbia.edu

M.S. UP, 1st Year
Yuning Feng, yf2511@columbia.edu
Elaine Mingsum Hsieh, emh2249@columbia.edu

Teodor Nicolae Cataniciu, teodor.cataniciu@columbia.edu
Meghan Taylor-Steshyn (Vice President), mmt2183@columbia.edu
Zahid Tapia (Secretary), mmt2183@columbia.edu
Bennett Heller (Social Coordinator), mmt2183@columbia.edu
KJ Kuang (Social Coordinator), jk4338@columbia.edu

James Samuel Piacetini, j.piacentini@columbia.edu

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.

Most recently, QSAPP explored the problem of LGBTQ homeless youth and its intersection with design which resulted in a publication. All interested students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend meetings and events and reach out to our organizers for more information.

Please contact the organizers via email: qsapp.gsapp@gmail.com
Dalton Baker: db3177@columbia.edu
Alek Tomich: at3328@columbia.edu
Nelson De Jesus Ubri: nd2584@columbia.edu


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.

Lane Adams
Pawel Jankowski

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.

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: Chongyuan Wang
Vice Presidents: Luyun Shao and Shiyu Ma
Secretary: Yuan Gao
Treasurer: Mingye Cheng
Communication Officer: Zhengzhe Jia


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.

Kirthana Sudhakar
Conor Allerton
Maya Ephrem

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.

Anacelle Bautista
Angel Eng
Erin Purcell
Sam Huff

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