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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

Sustainability Club
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

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

The organization is to function as a platform for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas about national, regional, and international planning and design issues in Latin America. The group serves to connect Latin American GSAPP students, faculties and alumni who are interested in sharing their broad and diverse cultural expressions.

For more information, you may contact:
Laura Postarini (M.S. UP ‘19)
Pauline Claramunt (M.S. UP ‘19)
Guilherme Rocha Formicki (M.S. UP ‘19)
Tyrene Calvesbert (M.S. UP ‘19)
German Morales (M.SRED ´19)
Nelson de Jesus (M.Arch ´21)
Carolina Almeida (MAAD ‘19)

We are currently looking for fellow students from other programs to join the Latin GSAPP Association, so please contact us if you are interested! Visit our facebook group for more details.

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:
Rebecca Green, rag2201@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.

This year (Fall 2018-Spring 2019), QSAPP is exploring the problem of LGBTQ homeless youth and its intersection with design. We will be publishing a document on the subject in the spring. We will also have an event in the spring semester commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. We welcome all interested students, faculty, and staff to attend our meetings and events and reach out to our organizers for more information!

Dalton Baker

Please contact the organizers via email: qsapp.gsapp@gmail.com


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

Students of Color Association (SOCA)

The GSAPP Students of Color Association (GSAPP-SOCA) seeks to develop and expand the academic, social, and career advancements of students of color in the areas of Architecture, Planning, Preservation, Urban Design, and Real Estate. The group is a safe space for students of color, including people who identify as African-American, Native American, Asian American, Latinx, and Pacific Islander. GSAPP-SOCA aims to foster a network and community with all other forms of diversity, including LGBTQ students, low-income students, and allies.

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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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