Founded in 1914, Alpha Rho Chi is the nation's only co-ed professional fraternity dedicated to architecture and the allied arts. Alpha Rho Chi got its name from the first three letters of the Greek word for architecture. "The brotherhood—unique in its membership of men and women—strives to achieve 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. We believe in equality of gender and race. We strive to uphold standards and ethics of the design world and society as a whole. 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." Link to national fraternity website: https://www.alpharhochi.org/
At The Pennsylvania State University
In 1953, a group of students at Penn State formed the Vitruvius Architectural Society. The society was named after the Roman architect and engineer Marcus Vitruvius Polio, who is famous for his 10 Books on architecture. In 1955 the society became a chapter of Alpha Rho Chi. The Vitruvius chapter is one of the most academically diverse, with brothers majoring in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Architectural Engineering, Art History, Graphic Design, Art, Media Studies, and Computer Science.