Each month, the AIAS highlights the outstanding dedication and accomplishments of one of its members. The Chapter Leader of the Month can be a Chapter President or any member who has shown tremendous leadership.



Rahmah Davis was born in Baltimore, MD. At the age of 11, she had the gracious opportunity to learn and live in two different countries. At a young age, she developed an interest for drawing and wanted to draw everything. Her father challenged me to draw the Taj Mahal. The beauty and perfection of the building amazed Rahmah. The drawing itself did not come out as expected, but the idea of design being experienced for a lifetime stayed with Rahmah.

As chapter president of AIAS Morgan State University, Rahmah’s primary aim is to fulfill the purpose and mission of AIAS but with a little twist. Her team came up with the CASE Plan method. They are in a special case where students are remote and surviving a pandemic, this method aims to spark Creativity, initiate Action, to Serve and to Educate. This Plan is achieved through Architect Wednesday, Bear Aid Tuesday and an upcoming Professional Development Series. There is still a lot to be done, more to learn, and opportunities for growth.

Shannon DeFranza Northeast Quad Director says that Rahmah is committed to meeting the needs of her members and her board. “Before her involvement in AIAS, she revived a Muslim organization on campus in her first two years at her university, working to create community. Seeing her leadership potential, she was recruited to run for Secretary of her AIAS chapter, a role which she won and fulfilled. Rahmah strives to solve social problems through architecture and design. As the current student liaison for AIAS Baltimore and a recipient of the AIA/BAF Fellow Leadership Award, she feels a responsibility to create change- or at the very least to initiate it. She continues to strengthen that relationship with AIA Baltimore and works to strengthen communication between students and her school’s administration, showing the value of studio culture- even while fully remote,” says Shannon.



Rumba Orange best represents my personality because its warm, bright, and makes you want to dance. Plus whom doesn’t like Orange with a little bit of Blue? (Morgan State colors)