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Portfolio Standards

The portfolio is a means of presenting your best work to be analyzed by the review committee for admissions into the Department of Architecture's graduate-level programs. It must be representative of the person submitting it. It stands on its own merit.

The portfolio should demonstrate the breadth and depth of your skills, and may include architectural work done in academic settings or in practice, or any work in the visual arts in two- or three-dimensional execution.  

Portfolio files submitted as PDFs must be less than 50MB in size.

For admission to the MArch - 2 Year

The portfolio must document competence in the comprehensive design of buildings (according to the NAAB 2012 Conditions for Accreditation). Those applicants who do not meet the level of proficiency in comprehensive design required for admission to the MArch - 2 Year will be considered for admission to the MArch - 3.5 Year with advanced standing.

Comprehensive design, as defined by the NAAB, is the “Ability to produce a comprehensive architectural project that demonstrates each student’s capacity to make design decisions across scales while integrating the following student performance criteria: Design Thinking Skills; Technical Documentation; Investigative Skills; Ordering Systems; Historical Traditions; Accessibility; Sustainability; Site Design; Life Safety; Environmental Systems; and, Structural Systems.”

For admission to the MArch - 3.5 Year

Applicants may have little or no architectural or visual art material.  In this case, they may either complete a design assignment to be administered after applications are due or they may submit a portfolio that should include evidence of excellence in other areas. Applicants should submit work which best represents your creative ability and interests. Papers, research or other materials are invited as evidence of scholarly, academic or creative work.

All work must carry the name of applicant, date of work and an indication of whether the work was an academic, professional or personal project. If the item is part of a group effort, the specific role of the applicant should be included.