Career Development

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

Kristen Frambes  Director of Alumni & Professional Relationships

Kristen Frambes
Director of Alumni & Professional Relationships

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 her at kframbes@andrew.cmu.edu for more information or with any questions.


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 Carnegie Mellon CPDC.

Architecture students are introduced to the CPDC in the First Year Seminar course in the Fall semester and are assigned to CPDC Career Consultant Jimmy Fabrizio to assist with career and professional development during their time in the SoA.

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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 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. 


Architect Licensing Advising

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

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

  • A presentation about architecture licensure to students in the First Year Seminar course;

  • Formal presentations each academic year about IDP 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, IDP, and/or the ARE; and

  • Communication about licensure and changes to IDP 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 summer internships before graduation. Most of our students gain internship experience prior to graduation.


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 CDPC, 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 SoA website and the AIAS CMU website.