Thursday, April 9, 2009

Starting a Portfolio?

Hello there. I am a 38 year old male living in Texas (Houston area) and seriously thinking of going back to school for Architecture. I have B.A.'s in Anthropology and English that I acquired in 2003. I have read many of the surrounding schools web sites and am feeling a bit overwhelmed about going forward with trying to get into a program. They talk about projects and a portfolio to submit with my application and I have no experience in this field of any kind. Which way do I turn next?

Graduate programs for individuals with a degree in a unrelated discipline are not expecting to see architecture in your portfolio, but rather wish to see creativity. Many require a drawing course prior to admission or enrollment. Typically, you can a ART course (drawing, figure / life drawing, etc.) Taking the course will generate materials for your portfolio.

You may also wish to purchase Portfolio Design by Harold Linton -- --

Another idea is to take a summer program available by many architecture programs.

Do not worry about your lack of experience in the field. Think about the creativity you have used within your degrees and past work experiences. Also, visit the programs, talk with professors and students about the admission process and how you can best prepare for admission.

I am hesitant to share the following but -- -- has discussion forums where prospective students share their stories.

Finally, a good resource is Becoming an Architect: A Guide to Careers in Design. Best.

Dr. Architecture

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