The fraternity row complex at San Diego State University combines housing and activity centers for eight separate fraternities into one master development. The design’s objective was to maintain individual identities for each of the fraternities, while achieving economies inherent in shared housing and support facilities.
The site design is organized around a central four-story
student apartment structure, with eight, two-story chapter houses surrounding it. This configuration defines individual activity courtyards and private space for each fraternity. The chapter house provides each fraternity
with its own identity on the street and also accommodates chapter business and social activities.
The project was programmed and designed, beginning in 1998, through a series of interactive workshops with both undergraduate and alumni fraternity members, as well as multiple work sessions with SDSU Foundation staff and members of the community at large. While each chapter house is designed to meet specific needs of an individual organization, many common goals and objectives evolved from these workshops and provided the overall direction for the design concept.