Student Clubs

Architecture Department Student Clubs

The following student clubs are based in the Architecture Department. In addition to the student clubs listed below, there are additional clubs associated with the CAED and each department. For a full list of these clubs go to the CAED Student Clubs web page.

Alpha Rho Chi (APX)

Founded in 1914, Alpha Rho Chi (APX) is a national co-ed social and professional fraternity for students of architecture and the allied arts. Though the chapter mostly consists of students from throughout the CAED, Alpha Rho Chi welcomes members of all years and majors having an interest in architecture or a related field. APX promotes success and love of the profession by creating lasting bonds between members at both local and national levels.  Alpha Rho Chi offers events such as professional workshops, faculty socials, national convention, local volunteer work, retreats and member socials, firm and job site visits, and alumni networking. Most years recruitment occurs only during Fall Quarter, though a second recruitment is occasionally held in the Spring.

Alpha Rho Chi meets Sundays at 7:00 PM in Building 05, Room 100.


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The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) is an independent, nonprofit, student-run organization dedicated to providing unmatched progressive programs, information, and resources on issues critical to architecture and the experience of education. The AIAS is the student affiliate of the AIA and your link to professionals in the fields of architecture and environmental design. The AIAS aims to promote excellence in architectural education, training, and practice; to foster an appreciation of architecture and related disciplines; to enrich communities in a spirit of collaboration; and to organize students and combine their efforts to advance the art and science of architecture. 

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Construction Specifications Institute Student Club (CSI)

The Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) is a professional organization comprised of a cross section of architects, contractors, engineers, specifiers, material suppliers, and more. There are 146 chapters and more than 15,000 members.

CSI uses the diversity of its members to exchange knowledge and to help advance the process of creating and sustaining the build environment. The formats created by CSI are used as the standard for organizing and communicating information in the construction industry.

The Cal Poly chapter of CSI was started in 1970 by a group of architecture students under the guidance of architect and professor, Jack Lewis. Lewis was a former CSI President and started the organization to allow Cal Poly students access to the diverse wealth of knowledge offered by CSI.

The Neel Resources Center (NRC), now located in the architecture building, was started by the Cal Poly CSI chapter in 1970. Run by students and Fresno Chapter volunteers, the "CSI Library" was used to help students find plans, specifications, product information, and material samples for design projects and writing specifications.

At Cal Poly, we bring in product representatives and speakers to discuss new technology and issues concerning the construction industry. Cal Poly CSI also provides tours of buildings on campus as well as of local firms. There are plenty of networking and traveling opportunities as well — we’re always fundraising to send our members to the West Region Conferences and the annual CSI Convention.

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National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

NOMAS is the student branch of the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA). NOMA’s purpose is to champion diversity within the design profession by promoting the excellence, community engagement, and professional development of its professional and student members. NOMA is all about opportunity – members become part of a network of over 500+ professionals and over 50 student chapters nationwide. This extensive network provides members with opportunities to network and develop crucial professional relationships. The mentorship and support openly shared between the professional members and students is truly unique and often leads to internships and full time employment opportunities upon graduation.

Instagram: @calpolynomas

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Updated 10.13.2021 (CT)

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