ARGUS is the student association of the Architecture master track of the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at Delft University of Technology.
ARGUS aims to provide a platform where its various members, including students, alumni, practitioners, PhD-candidates and academics can connect, exchange ideas and explore architecture and its peripheries. We do so by organizing in-depth monthly events such as excursions, lectures, workshops and debates, and by means of a monthly paper. In this way, we hope to contribute to the architecture discourse.
The association (then ‘praktijkvereniging’) was established in 1995 to critically review the architecture education of that time. Its name derives ‘being argus-eyed’, meaning to be ‘vigilantly observant’. This critical attitude is something we still value highly within ARGUS.
The association as we now know it is based on a restart in 2010, following a two-year hiatus after the faculty building burnt down in 2008, and with it the association’s data. The previous six boards have slowly built up the association with a structure of five to six board members managing the different committees that were part of the association. In each committee, one board member is responsible for the quality control of the work done by the committee, and helps the committee in organizing its tasks.
In the year 2016-2017 this rather rigid structure of the board supervising the commitees lef to difficulties in the organising of ARGUS. In the end of the academic year the board meetings thus became public and turned into the ARGUS open meeting. The hierarchical structure with
Starting from the open board meetings they became the embodiment of ARGUS as the ARGUS Open Meeting. A meeting every first and third Wednesday of the month where everyone is welcome to bring in new ideas, get updates on the ongoing projects and get to know the other persons active in ARGUS. The ARGUS Open Meeting is organised and facilitated by the Core Team, a working group specifically dedicated to the help that everything runs smooth and keep and provide knowledge for the other teams. The other Working Groups set their own goals and work autonomously for their projects such as the Night of Philosophy, this years excursion to Venice or the fourth edition of the ARGUS Annual.