The Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture provides numerous resources for its students. College-wide resources include an annual career fair, advisors and liaisons, and student organizations. Details on these resources can be found below.
Additional resources–such as writing and math assistance, a food pantry, student advocate groups, and more–are offered through the University of Oklahoma. For student convenience, a few of these resources are listed below.
Each year more than 30 firms attend the Christopher C. Gibbs College of Architecture Career Fair, where they recruit skilled students from across the college for both permanent positions and internships. Information about the upcoming career fairs can be found below.
Save the Date for Future Career Fairs
Spring 2024: February 22
Fall 2024: TBD
American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)
The American Institute of Architecture Students is the official voice of students studying the profession of architecture and design. In addition to providing work and learning opportunity, we work with the college to better suit the student culture.
Student Officers: Hannah Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org; Morgan McCurdy, email@example.com
Faculty advisor: Sam Callahan, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Construction Student Association (CSA)
The CSA strives to make leadership, scholarship and citizenship a regular part of our members’ lives through industry networking, community service and classwork.
Members of the CSA are encouraged to give back to the local community by volunteering their time with organizations like: Habitat for Humanity, Adopt-A-Street, and the Cleveland County Christmas Store. Students also contribute to the club by volunteering at events like the Skeet Shoot, the Career Fair and the Golf Tournament.
The CSA welcomes not only Construction Science majors but minors, Interior Design, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Regional & City Planning and graduate students.
President: John Henry Donnelly, email@example.com
Vice President: Andrew Harrison, firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty advisor: Matt Reyes, email@example.com
Interior Design Student Association (IDSA)
The mission of the Interior Design Student Association is to promote excellence in interior design education, and professional practice, as well as foster an appreciation of design and its related disciplines. The organization works to enrich the Norman community in a spirit of collaboration, and bring interior design students together to advance the art of design. The OU Interior Design Student Association incorporates student chapters for the interior design professional organizations of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID).
Faculty advisor: Elizabeth Pober, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)
The National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) mission is to champion diversity within the design professions by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its members.
Faculty advisor: Dave Boeck, email@example.com
Society for Urban Design Students (SUDS)
Faculty Advisor: Shawn Schaefer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (SCASLA)
The Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects is a subset of the national organization, American Society of Landscape Architects. The purposes are as follows: (a) To promote professional and intellectual stimulation among the students by services as a vehicle for exploration of ideas outside the formal classroom contents; (b) To facilitate the exchange of information between the faculty, staff and students in the department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Oklahoma (c) To promote good fellowship through sponsorship of social activities; (d) To assist new landscape architecture students and visiting educators through such activities as determined by the executive committee or as the membership may direct.
Faculty advisor: Leehu Loon, email@example.com
Student Planning Association (SPA)
The purpose of the Student Planning Association is to provide a forum for applied learning and the development of professional planning practice.
Each semester, SPA holds several meetings to exchange ideas and fun events to promote the planning program at the University of Oklahoma. Often SPA participates in volunteer events such as the City of Norman’s tree giveaway and the Big Event.
Faculty advisor: Charles Warken, firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Green Building Council Student Chapter
The USGBC is dedicated to educating, activating, and engaging students and connecting them to their community. The world is larger than our campus and our impact should be as well. The USGBC believes that being a good steward of our environment begins locally.
For more information please contact the Faculty Advisor: Lee Fithian, email@example.com
University of Oklahoma Student Resources
The Compass Network is an initiative aimed at helping undergraduate students overcome personal challenges to their success at OU. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with one of our staff to create an action plan to address issues or roadblocks. Students can contact us directly at (405) 325-8103 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Students can also be referred through the Compass Network website.
Gibbs Design Activism Awards
Gibbs College hosts the “Gibbs Design Activism Awards,” which allows students to propose a student-led project that critically engages topics of community, social and economic concern within the built environment.
Our Faculty-in-Residence program allows students living in university housing to receive mentorship from current OU faculty. In this program, faculty members and their families live in apartments in the residence halls and plan events for the residents. OU is one of only a few universities in the nation to have this program!
Gateway to College Class
This class helps high school students transition to college. Taught by some of the most enthusiastic and well-known professors on campus, the three primary study areas include success in academic life, success in personal life and success in accessing OU resources. For more information, visit ou.edu/univcoll.
Gender + Equality Center
OU’s Gender + Equality Center provides resources for the LGBTQ+ community. The LGBTQ+ Community Lounge, located on the first floor of the Oklahoma Memorial Union, is a place where people of all identities within the LGBTQ+ community can gather together in an accepting environment.
OU Food Pantry
The OU Food Pantry aims to solve food insecurity for OU students, faculty, and staff. Located right next to the Residence Halls, it is easily accessible and open every Tuesday and Wednesday from 5 – 6:30 p.m.
OU Writing Center
Available to assist all students with any writing, whether it is a class essay, an application, or just for fun. With multiple locations and the availability to make appointments, help is always available at the Writing Center.
Project Threshold (Trio)
A resource that is extremely helpful for first-generation students, Trio includes academic advisement, financial aid information, enrollment assistance, computer lab acess, tutoring, and free printing.
Sooners Helping Sooner
One Sooner Family. One Big Way to Help. Sooners Helping Sooners is a student led initiative to raise money for an OU Emergency Allocation Account. This fund was created to help students who find themselves in extenuating circumstances and in need of emergency financial assistance. Examples of such circumstances can include apartment fires, the death of a family member, and emergency medical care, among others. The goal of SHS is to come together and show compassion and support so that every Sooner has an opportunity to succeed at OU.
Graduation coaches meet regularly with students to discuss academic services on campus, goal setting, career and major choices, getting involved on campus and leadership skills training. To learn more, click here.
Mission is to guide students in realizing academic, professional, and personal goals as they progress toward graduation and beyond. There are more than 400 student organizations to choose from, including groups that celebrate your culture and background and others that are tied to your major.