I’m Chrissie, and I am a newly licensed architect from Pennsylvania. My mission is to help architects and designers demolish their debt, make smart investing decisions, and achieve financial freedom. This blog is for you if you…

  • Have student loans, credit card debt, or other debt that you want to get rid of.
  • Want to make smarter spending or investing decisions but aren’t sure where to start.
  • Need motivation in achieving your financial goals.

What you can expect

Personal Finance

A weekly article on topics like student loan debt, credit cards, retirement accounts, and more.

ARE 5.0 & More

Discussion on issues specific to architects, like paying for the ARE exams, professional dues, and affording conferences and continuing education.

My Journey

My personal journey in tackling massive debt and building savings while chasing my goals.


A judgment-free community of like-minded creatives working to become their happiest, wealthiest selves. ​

ArchiFinance is about the intersection of personal finance and the field of architecture, including my journey in paying off debt, building up savings, and becoming a licensed architect.

My purpose in writing about personal finance from an architect’s perspective has two parts.

First, I want to share everything I’ve learned in the last several years about personal finance. After graduating and getting married, we were dealt a pretty hard hand when it came to my husband’s unexpected and serious health issues. Combined with some unwise decisions, I started my new life with an overdrawn bank account, six figures in debt and no savings to fall back on when I lost my job. I decided then it was time to educate myself. I spent a lot of time in the personal finance community online. I discovered others’ journeys and read as much as I could about paying off debt, saving, and investing.

Second, I want to be open about sharing my journey with you and be accountable for my goals. You’ll be seeing posts about my student loan debt, how much it cost to get my license, and how I manage my money. In three years, I’ve managed to pay off $8,000 in credit card debt, build emergency savings, and save over $7,000 for retirement. I try to approach money simply and mindfully: my mantra is “Start where you are, use what you have, do what you can.”

I want to share my experiences because it’s time to remove the stigma in our field when it comes to talking about earning, spending, and saving.

My goal is to help create more financially wise and wealthy architects. I hope you’re one of them.

*Last updated July 2019

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