In 1914 architecture students from the University of Michigan and the University of Illinois combined forces to form a national organization that would further their professional education. the result: Alpha Rho Chi Alpha Rho Chi derived its name from the first three letters of the Greek spelling of the word "architecture"—alpha (A), rho (P) and chi (X). Discover what Alpha Rho Chi has to offer. Our chapters across the country have repeatedly earned the top award in the Greek fraternal systems for academic excellence. Our brotherhood—unique in its membership of men and women—strives to achieves fellowship and unity by perpetuating merit in studies and rigor in tradition. For us, there is no compromise, no uncertainty and no regret. For us, personal and collective strength is of the essence. Our numbers are small but sufficient. We are not an elitist organization. We believe in equality of gender and race. We strive to uphold standards and ethics of the design world and society in general. So if you have the inclination, a love of the arts, and a desire to succeed, seek us out and understand why this brotherhood is forever.
Alpha Rho Chi (APX) prepares its members to live up to the demands and expectations of the business world. Members learn to live and work with other people and to share experiences and ideas, By practicing tolerance, consideration and mutual respect, they observe and develop principals of leadership, service, communication and human relations. Alpha Rho Chi provides programs that compliment and expand a student's academic training. Programs offered include résumé and portfolio workshops, tours and lectures. I.M. Pei, E. Fay Jones and R. Buckminster Fuller are among the prominent designers that have been featured at APX sponsored events. Alpha Rho Chi is able to fund numerous scholarships through the Alpha Rho Chi Foundation. The Foundation also sponsors the Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal program. This medal is awarded each year to a graduating senior at every accredited college of architecture to encourage professional leadership.
A major benefit of Alpha Rho Chi membership is the opportunity for association with the alumni and faculty. Through first-hand information and contemporary experience, these professionals are able to assist in defining academic, personal and career objectives. Student members have the opportunity to visit design professionals' offices and construction sites and to meet people involved in the building industry. Faculty, many of whom are initiated members of APX, also serve to council students in career path decisions. Alpha Rho Chi members enjoy strong faculty support because our local chapters help bridge the gaps, real or imagined, between students, faculty and practicing professionals. Student membership in Alpha Rho Chi is an instant access to peer support from upper classmen. With the help of older and wiser members, a student can gain critical insight into the expectations of the upcoming years of study.
Alpha Rho Chi connects students and professionals to one another across the country and even across the globe. APX members form an extensive professional network of architects, interior designers, landscape architects and engineers, thus ensuring that there is always a friendly face in any new environment. Our alumni associations sponsor casual and formal alumni gatherings on a regular basis. Our chapters sponsor alumni, faculty and student gatherings, sometimes co-sponsored with other student professional organizations. Each and every event is an opportunity to make contacts within the profession. Our annual convention is a primary opportunity to renew old friendships and form new associations with other Alpha Rho Chi members, with national vendors and with national firms.
Alpha Rho Chi fosters a forum for social interaction beyond the typical academic experience. The single most important aspect of becoming a member of APX is the opportunity to establish both professional and social relationships that will continue long after college. These lines of communication provide opportunities for students and professionals alike to grow in ways unique to Alpha Rho Chi. Activities outside of the classroom or studio encourage the mutual respect and support necessary for a lifetime of opportunity and friendship. The strong ties of brotherhood set Alpha Rho Chi apart from other professional organization, yet a shared professional interest in architecture and the allied arts differentiates Alpha Rho Chi from other greek letter societies.