The Alpha Rho Chi Bronze Medal
Since 1914, Alpha Rho Chi, the National Professional Fraternity for Architecture and the Allied Arts, has promoted the profession of architecture by encouraging students to excel. To honor their achievements, the Alpha Rho Chi Medal is offered each year to over 100 schools of architecture, whose faculty select a graduating senior they feel best exemplifies these qualities.
In 1931, the Grand Council of Alpha Rho Chi established the Alpha Rho Chi Medal to "encourage professional leadership by rewarding student accomplishment." The Fraternity provides the medal to selected schools of architecture throughout the country to be awarded to the graduating senior who has shown an affinity for leadership, performed willing service for the school or department, and gives promise of real professional merit through his or her attitude and personality. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded annually to graduating seniors at accredited schools of architecture in the United States and Canada and at schools with an active chapter of Alpha Rho Chi Fraternity, and is judged by the faculty of that school of architecture as best exemplifying these qualities.
The members of Alpha Rho Chi firmly believe strong leaders are just as essential as strong designers to the architectural professions. It is vital to our efforts to produce individuals committed to public service, as well as individuals committed to maintaining Architecture and the Allied Arts as noble professions. We also assert that high scholastic achievement is not necessarily an accurate measure of leadership or service. The Alpha Rho Chi Medal commends those students who show true professional merit beyond the design studio and their academic career.
It is our privilege to offer the 2013 Alpha Rho Chi Medal to your school for award to a graduating senior. We are accepting nominations via online form.
Multiple and Replacement Medals
Alpha Rho Chi provides one medal without charge to each school of architecture. A second or replacement medal costs $40.00. Alpha Rho Chi requests that schools limit nominations to no more than two students in a single year.
If awarding two medals, please complete the nominations form for each additional nominee and then pay in one of two ways:
- Pay with Visa/MasterCard using our secure form.
- Pay by check. Make the check payable to "Alpha Rho Chi" and send to the address below.
Delivery and Deadlines
Every effort will be made to deliver the engraved medal to you within four to six weeks from receipt of your nomination form. If you need a "rush" delivery, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm the order and to communicate carrier (UPS, FedEx, etc.) information. Please note that most rush carriers do not deliver to P.O. boxes and require a physical address.
The deadline for this year's medals program is June 30, 2013. However, if you need more time to determine your nominee, please contact us prior to the deadline so that necessary arrangements can be made.
Recognition of Winners
Alpha Rho Chi appreciates a presentation befitting of the award during your Commencement exercises or honors ceremony. An Alpha Rho Chi officer or appointed representative would be pleased to present the medal if scheduling permits. See our Officers page for a list of regional contacts.
A list of winners are published annually in our national journal, The Archi, as well as on this website.
Richard L Jenkins
Worthy Grand Scribe
Alpha Rho Chi
PO Box 4671
Olathe, KS 66062
The Medal Design
The medal is cast in bronze and was originally designed by sculptor and Alpha Rho Chi member Merrell Gage. It portrays Athena seated upon an Ionic capital with a skyscraper resting in the palm of her hand. The words "Alpha Rho Chi" are arranged in an arch over her head.