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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JAN. 04, 2015
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How to Make a Great Architecture Portfolio

An architecture portfolio exhibits your skill, talent, and creativity. A portfolio gives potential employers and school administrators, in school applications, your first impression. Whatever the situation, ensure that your portfolio presents you in the best way possible. Here are ways to make great architecture portfolio.

Gather Your Best Works

Collect all your work and select the best works to include in your portfolio. After you select your best work, choose the most relevant work for the situation at hand. Organize your work starting with the most recent in a simple and easy to follow presentation. For example, include slides of pictures that show each project in whole and the complete job where applicable. If space allows, include the client brief and technical information to support your designs.

Consider Your Audience

Understanding your audience helps you prepare a great portfolio. Audiences in both academic and professional settings look for unique and outstanding portfolios. Knowledge of your audience’s expectations helps you tailor your portfolio accordingly. Research your audience’s expectations then figure out the best method to use to demonstrate your abilities and capabilities. For instance, portfolios for graduate school programs should focus on academic accomplishments, while portfolios for employment should emphasize on practical skills and professional achievements. Different portfolios work for various audiences. Always conduct a background research on your audience and understand their expectations to avoid making a fool of yourself with your portfolio.

A great architecture portfolio portrays versatility, a variety of interests and a wide range of skills. To ensure you demonstrate these qualities, include a variety of works like CAD drawings, designs, and blueprints. Diversification and mixture of projects is preferred in any presentation. A variety of works will aid in validating your versatility and well-rounded interests. However, ensure you maintain a balance between the varieties and avoid overusing one project or using too many projects.

Be Organized

Once you select your presentation material to meet your target audience, come up with an organizational formula that will help you connect all your work and impress your audience. Arrange all your material to exhibit your talent, creativity, professionalism, versatility, and uniqueness. Organize your work to tell a story that your audience can follow with ease. Create breaks within your work to allow your audience rest and take notes if necessary. For example, you can use famous works between different projects to indicate a shift from one project to the next. There is no standard way to organize your work and you can explore your creativity to the maximum.

Keep it Simple and Clear

An impressive architectural portfolio is simple and clear. It communicates clearly without looking like you are trying too hard. Use clear quality images and minimal wording. Make your presentation simple even for people without a background in architecture unless the brief requires that you tailor it in a specific way.

Overall, when making your portfolio you should consider the following: mode of presentation, size, format, variety of images, portrait or landscape, balance and binding. Your audience also plays a big role in preparing your portfolio.

 

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