The department supports two student organizations, AIAS and PDS, on the UMKC Campus.
The American Institute of Architecture Students
(AIAS) is a national student organization for students studying
architecture and related fields. Many times the professionals serve as
mentors to students on various capacities. Every year students attend
national and regional AIAS meetings around the country.
Planning and Design Students (PDS) is a student
organization for students studying Urban Planning and Design. The
students interact with the local APA (American Planning Association)
chapter in a variety of activities. A group of students attend the
national conventions that are held in various locations around the
country every year.
The American Public Works Association
(APWA) is a student organization that consists of a multi-disciplinary
group of students (i.e. Engineering, Geosciences, Public
Administration) from across the campus. The APWA's national office is
in Kansas City, and UMKC is the first campus to initiate an APWA
student group. This organization allows students to interact with
private industry, as well as governmental agency professionals.