| October 2nd, 2014

A portfolio is a collection of work that demonstrates your potential for creative studio work, which your academic records, like test scores and GPA’s, cannot reveal.

It is a fundamental requirement to the majors in Architecture or Industrial Design. Designing a decent portfolio is probably the most important step before embarking on the hunt for jobs or internships. In this case quality means more than quantity. Some of the problems students face is being able to distinguish between the projects that are worth keeping and those that need to be killed.

Or should they include all the projects they’ve worked on? What aspects in the design process highlights strengths of the student and should the attention be geared towards that? There are multiple answers for each question depending on each student. Just as no individuals are alike, no portfolios are alike. Portfolio represents individuality and the potential to creative studio work.

There is a lot of pressure and anxiety placed on architecture students to make good portfolios based on our own understanding of design. Professors and graduates can help students since they have much more experience in the field of architecture. A  workshop once a month in which students are able to have conversations on what actually a good portfolio is when it comes to elemental aspects like layout, what should be showcased and even simple thing as line weight representation could help students compile a strong portfolio. Examples and labs could help develop an interest in not only matching precedent design portfolios but surpassing them, thus creating a better architectural presentation that reads well into the student. And architectural presentations show jurors in a review or employers in an interview on not just what they present but how they present creative design solutions.

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