Student Life Resources

Carnegie Mellon University provides a full range of resources to support our students’ academic, financial, health, and technology needs. Check out CMU’s Student Experience site for more information about life on campus, information about what’s happening in Pittsburgh, student housing, academic coaching, and resources for planning a visit to campus.

SoA Student Organizations

The following organizations at the Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture support and enrich student life in the SoA community. These groups offer various opportunities to get involved and collaborate with fellow students beyond the classroom.

Additionally, Carnegie Mellon offers more than 350 clubs and organizations to serve the academic, social, physical, and spiritual well-being of our student population. CMU students are passionate about their interests, with organizations devoted to everything from athletics to business to board games and music.

The American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS)

The CMU chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (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.

AIAS CMU President
Chitika Vasudeva

AIAS CMU Advisor
Alexis McCune Secosky


Freedom by Design™ (FBD)

Freedom by Design™ (FBD) is a community service program of AIAS that uses the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions. The CMU chapter of AIAS has an FBD program that provides real-world experience through working with clients, learning from local licensed architects and contractors, and experiencing the practical impacts of architecture and design.

FBD Director
Alison Katz

FBD Advisor
Alexis McCune Secosky


National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS)

The CMU chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) provides a community of purpose for students by championing diversity, advocating for an education that considers the socioeconomic consequences of design, and connecting students to minority professionals in the field.

Connect with the Pittsburgh chapter of NOMA to learn about upcoming events, meetings, and workshops.

NOMAS-CMU President
Taylor Latimer

Erica Cochran



inter·punct is a platform for ideas, theory, and discourse - sometimes about architecture and sometimes at its periphery. The group was founded by students at Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and has released two issues - para·meter (2013) and inter·view (2016).

inter·punct Co-Editors
Christoph Eckrich

Gil Jang

inter·punct Advisor
Mary-Lou Arscott

inter·punct Advisor
Spike Wolff

Undergraduate Architecture Student Advisory Council (SAC)

2nd Year Representatives
Jason Garwood |
Melinda Looney |
Lydia Randall |

4th Year Representatives
Vincent Derienzo |
Cassandra Howard |
Ryu Kondrop |

SAC Advisor
Erica Oman

1st Year Representatives
Brian Hartman |
Amy Hu |
Vishesh Pagarani |

3rd Year Representatives
Carol Huang |
Olivia Werner |
Ellen Zhu |

5th Year Representatives
Ghalya Alsanea |
Ali Katz |
Hugh Lee |

Graduate Student Assembly Committee (GSAC)

The Graduate Student Assembly Committee (GSAC) is the student body that represents graduate students within the School of Architecture. GSAC oversees the planning and funding of graduate social events and offers programs that benefit SoA graduate students. Representatives meet once a month with Graduate Coordinator and GSAC Advisor Darlene Covington-Davis and School Head Steve Lee to address the concerns of graduate students and develop solutions.

GSAC liaisons to the CMU Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) advocate on behalf of SoA to the greater GSA network, connecting students with opportunities and funding. Campus wide, GSA and departmental committees strive to improve academic support and collegiate activities for graduate students.

SoA graduate students are invited to speak with their representatives about the changes they would like to see in their programs or facilities.

GSAC Representatives

GSA Liaisons

MAAD/MSCD Representatives

M.Arch Representatives

MSBPD Representatives

MUD Representatives

MSAECM Representatives

MSSD Representative

Ph.D. Representative

Architecture Peer Mentors (APM)

Architecture Peer Mentors (APM) connects first-year students with upperclassmen to encourage a community of mentorship, learning, and inter-year collaboration. Mentors assist students in their transition into the School of Architecture, establishing an early, mutually beneficial relationship.

APM Coordinators
Susie Kim

Vincent Derienzo

Veronica Hernandez Garrido

APM Advisor
Heather Workinger Midgley

SoA on Slack

Students are invited to connect with the School of Architecture on Slack. Use Slack to check the status of a plotter, ask questions about software, post links to cool articles, get critique on a studio project, organize a snack run, or anything else you might think of. Sign up at and access on your browser or as a desktop app.