Architect Licensing Advising

Alexis McCune Secosky  Architect Licensing Advisor

Alexis McCune Secosky
Architect Licensing Advisor

The SoA Architect Licensing Advisor Alexis McCune Secosky is responsible for providing guidance to students interested in beginning or continuing the path to professional architecture licensure. Students are encouraged to start their NCARB Record prior to graduation, begin the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), and learn about Architect Registration Exam (ARE). 

Students learn about the path to licensure in the following ways:

  • A presentation about architecture licensure to undergraduate and graduate students at orientation and in the First Year Seminar;

  • Formal presentations each academic year about AXP and the ARE open to all students in the School of Architecture;

  • Weekly Architect Licensing Advising open office hours available for students to ask questions about licensure, AXP, and/or the ARE; and

  • Communication about licensure and changes to AXP and the ARE through newsletters sent to undergraduate students.

Although the SoA's curriculum does not include internships as an academic requirement, we strongly encourage our students to engage in paid summer internships before graduation. Most of our students gain internship experience prior to graduation.

Contact Alexis at for more information or with any questions.

Career Development

Kristen Frambes  Director of Alumni & Professional Relationships

Kristen Frambes
Director of Alumni & Professional Relationships

SoA students benefit from a range of career-development resources during their time at Carnegie Mellon.

Kristen Frambes, Director of Alumni & Professional Relationships, serves as the career development point of contact for the SoA. Students and alumni can turn to her as a resource for internship and job searches, available opportunities, and networking and building relationships with SoA alumni and alumni firms.

Kristen also administers the Opportunity Knocks newsletter with job and internship opportunities for current students and alumni.

Contact Kristen at for more information or with any questions.

American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

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The CMU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) elects a Professional Development Coordinator, an executive board position, to collaborate with the campus Career and Professional Development Center, the school's Architect Licensing Advisor, and professionals from the architectural community in Pittsburgh to provide career development programming and professional networking to its members.

The CMU chapter of AIAS creates a connection between students and the professional and academic world of architecture by offering members a diverse set of events and experiences including firm visits, local and national networking opportunities, community service build initiatives, and exposure to cutting edge developments within the field of architecture. More information available on the AIAS CMU website.

CMU Career and Professional Development Center 

The Carnegie Mellon University Career and Professional Development Center (CPDC) provides career consulting, coordinates professional development programming, and hosts career fairs throughout the academic year. Information on all available employment opportunities for CMU students and alumni can be accessed online through Handshake, the central recruiting tool for the CPDC.

Architecture students are introduced to the CPDC during orientation and in the First Year Seminar course and are assigned to CPDC Career Consultant Caedyn Busche to assist with career and professional development during their time in the SoA.


Each spring semester, the CPDC hosts the Creative Arts and Opportunities Conference (CAOC) career fair for students in the College of Fine Arts. CAOC attracts architecture, design, and technology companies to recruit our students for paid summer internships and full-time employment opportunities.

In partnership with the CAOC, the SoA also hosts Interchange each year. Interchange is a recruiting event for the School’s undergraduate, Master’s, and PhD programs that invites employers to tour our labs and studios to view students’ design and research work. Employers have the opportunity to meet and greet with our students, as well as conduct on-site interviews.