Tau Sigma Delta was organized in 1913 at the University of Michigan at the suggestion and guidance of the faculty in Architecture and Landscape Design who selected the first group of senior honor students to be the founding members. After three years of trial, the system of elections was extended to other universities.
With gradual growth, it became necessary for the best interests of the schools at which chapters became located, to extend elections to honor students who were majoring in a degree in departments allied with Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Also, for the continuity of the workings of the chapter from term to term, it became proper to elect from the junior groups who were about to become seniors. Thus Tau Sigma Delta developed from a senior honor society in Architecture and Landscape Architecture to become inclusive of both juniors and seniors in Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Architectural Design, Landscape Architecture, Painting, Sculpturing, Planning, Decorative Design, Interior Decoration, and all the arts allied with Architecture.