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 five boards have slowly built up the association up to where we are now.
Now ARGUS is directed by 6 students on a part-time and voluntary basis. It has around 100 student members, as well as an increasing number of practitioners, architectural firms, PhD-students and academics.
The board manages the 5 committees that are part of the association, e.g. the ARGUS Expo & Annual Committee; the Night of Philosophy Committee; the Excursion Committee; the ARGUS Paper Committee; the Monthly Event Committee. (The PhD-Day Committee existed before year 2016/2017). 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. The ARGUS board changes every year. Each board is responsible for finding suitable successors.