Our mission is to organize and unite students of architecture and its allied arts as well as to provide professional and networking opportunities not normally found within the campus environment.
Iktinos hopes to expand its membership and create a wide network of professionals.
Alpha Rho Chi is a national professional coed fraternity for the students of architecture, and the allied arts. It was founded in 1914 to organize and unite in fellowship the architectural students in the universities and colleges of America so as to promote the artistic, scientific, and practical knowledge of the younger members of the profession.
Alpha Rho Chi chapters are located at universities with accredited schools of architecture. Chapter namesakes honor skilled ancient Greek, Roman, or Egyptian architects who have contributed to the foundation of architecture.
You can visit our national website at www.alpharhochi.org
Co-founding the Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity with the Anthemios Chapter at the University of Illinois-Urbana, the Iktinos Chapter was formally installed at the University of Michigan on June 5, 1914.
Our Chapter is named after Iktinos (or Iktinus), an Athenian architect of the fifth century B.C. He was involved with Phidias, Kallikrates and others assisting Pericles in the execution of great public works. With Kallikrates, he designed the Parthenon, the unrivaled culmination of Greek Architecture, which was completed in 418 B.C. Iktinos was also the architect of the beautiful temple of Apollo Epicurius at Cassae, near Philagalia in Arcadia, and the Shrine of Eleusis in which the mysteries were celebrated.
The Iktinos Chapter shares its cadencey mark with Anthemios, as we share the title of Founding Chapter. The Label (Three Prong Rake) represents the first born. To differentiate between the schools, the Iktinos Chapter is designated by the sinister position (left of wearer), while the Anthemios Chapter is designated by the dexter position (right of wearer). The Iktinos Chapter places the label in the Second Quarter of the Crest over the white Rose to designate the feature that Iktinos contributed to the Coat of Arms.