Interior design students are encouraged to join allied student organizations including:

  • American Institute of Architects Student Chapter (AIAS)
  • American Society of Interior Design (ASID)
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)

These organizations offer opportunities for students to network with peers and professionals and engage in practice-related activities such as seminars, continuing education programs, lectures, fundraisers, and community outreach opportunities.

Some of the activities sponsored and/or organized by student organizations include:

  • IN.Dex – a student-initiated campus vendor fair for product and materials suppliers to showcase their goods to students faculty and professionals.
  • USGBC sponsored competitions – focused on energy efficiency and sustainable design ideals.
  • AIAS - participation in San Antonio’s Luminaria, an event to showcase area artists and their work.
  • AIAS - participation in a Sand Castle Competition in Galveston, Texas.

United States Green Building Council

United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Students encourages students from any discipline to come together to learn about and promote green building practices. We are transforming the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life. We aim to be in the words of Steven Moore, “transdisciplinary” and — as such — membership is open to any student. We welcome you. We can improve designs, implementations, building practices, technologies, and professional practices.

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UTSA IIDA Campus Center

UTSA’s IIDA Campus Center

Design students at UTSA can join and participate in the International Interior Design Association, and the student chapter of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA Campus Center). UTSA’s IIDA Campus Center was the first student chapter established in Texas. Its aim is to foster camaraderie among peers and serve as the nucleus of the students’ networking for internships and professional careers.

IIDA Campus Center Activities

  • Imagine That Fundraiser – a theme-based annual fundraiser for the IIDA professional organization in support of scholarships and other funding needs. Students don’t just attend, but are also active in planning, soliciting donations, and event set-up.
  • Olympiad – family-focused event and design competition
  • TX/Ok Student Day in Houston TX – participation in design charette and portfolio review by professionals
  • IIDA and the Texas Association of Interior Designers – participated in a trip to meet with state legislators in Austin, Texas.
  • Career-focused Workshop – Session to develop presentations, portfolios, resume-building skills, interviewing tips, and professional etiquette.
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Tau Sigma Delta CSM Honor Society

Tau Sigma Delta (Honor Society in Architecture and Allied Arts of Design) was organized in 1913 and serves as the honor society in Architecture and allied Arts, including Landscape Architecture and Interior Design. The Tau Omega Chapter at UTSA was formed in 2003 and celebrates excellence in scholarship for students in nationally accredited programs of architecture, interior design, and related disciplines. Membership is by invitation only and is limited to students with high academic standing in junior, senior, and graduate years of study. Each year the chapter leadership reviews student achievement and invites students with high GPAs and within the top 20 percent of their class into the honor society.