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This was done a month ago for last year's applicants and I think someone should start this for applicants for 2017. So how is everyone doing?
27/ M / American / BFA
Applying for M.Arch II this fall
GRE: taking in October. Will be my first and last.
INTERNSHIP/WORK: 1 year each. + other design jobs.
Schools im interested in: MIT, MICHIGAN, BERKELEY, UCLA, Washington Univ.,
LORs: 3 from professors, 1 currently boss
SOP: 10% (I have bunch of paragraphs I have to refine.)
Portfolio: 40% (I have the projects I am going to use. Just gotta arrange them)
Any tips/comments/suggestions or sharing of experiences would be really helpful.
Best wishes to all fellow applicants!!
You're going to out-source your M.Arch SOP writing?
Fuuuuuuuck.... lazy students is lazy before they even become students.
That shit's fucked up yo. Don't go to grad school if you can't even write a fucking page talking about your life and interests.
25/ M / American - Hispanic /
Currently: M.ARCH I from UPENN (fully funded)
PAST: BFA Interior Design
Applying for M.Arch II fall 2017, possibly dual with MLA I (waiting on information from GSD)
Schools interested in: GSD
LORs: need to request, 5 total, mix of professors and past boss
Portfolio: 10% collected projects but need to design the book
I came to UPENN without a background in architecture and the program served as an intensive bootcamp with a very niche focus. I am looking forward to dive deeper into my personal interests and research at a school that places more emphasis on thesis and individual research, something lacking from Penn's program. In addition, many of the projects at Penn fell under the formalist and speculative realm of architecture and I am looking forward to a more pragmatic approach with the opportunity of undergoing in depth research/theory.
Applying to graduate schools, especially the first time around, is an arduous and difficult process. I wish everyone good luck and perseverance!
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@misunderstood - so you are in M.arch I already but transferring to GSD? That means your courses wont transfer and you might lose your full funding right? Are you okay with that? Also, is GSD the only school you are looking into?
I am finishing my M.ARCH I @ UPENN in May and am looking to pursue the M.ARCH II/Thesis at GSD with the possibility of MLA concurrent degree (depending on the longevity of the program). I'm only looking at the GSD because it would be a good compliment to my current education since both schools have different pedagogical approaches and it places a great deal of emphasis on interdisciplinarity. My main concern is to attend a program that holds a lot of value and resources into their thesis program and researching topics related to my personal interests.
@march'17 Looking at your list of programs you are interested in, this collection of accepted architecture grad school portfolios might be helpful for you.
Good luck with your applications!
holy fucking shit. save yourself 97 bucks, go to issuu, search for your school, and done.
what's with all these advertisements and spams? No other applicants? Are they too busy or is no one else looking to be an architect anymore? did DeTwain and Non Sequitur scare everyone off? haha jk.
Surprised about the spam too. It might be a bit early still for people to start sharing information.
Does anyone know if its good or bad to use more than 3 recommenders?
This is because in some applications they say that you can add up to 5 recommenders, so do you think more than 3 is too much?
I was wondering the same, to be honest. I think it all comes down to how good the recommendations are. You want to obtain recommendations from professors/colleagues who truly know your ability and potential to show you in the best light possible.
I am curious too. If you are unsure about one of the recommenders then should I ask another recommender for an extra recommendation and have 4 total? I am thinking of submitting 4 total for my top school because I am not sure how one of the recommenders is going to write about me. I know the fourth one will be a strong letter.
Hello! I'm here!
24/ F / American / Bachelor's Degree in American Studies
GRE: Took last weekend, 157 Q / 167 V
INTERNSHIP/WORK: Work in a firm now, admin, otherwise unrelated except for graphic design work.
Schools im interested in: Top 4 are University of Minnesota, University of Texas @ Austin, UPenn, Syracuse. Others include RISD, UCincinnatti, and UMichigan.
LORs: Not yet, will ask 2 professors and probably someone from my current job.
SOP: 1% got an idea yesterday but haven't started writing...
Portfolio: 25% narrowed down projects, starting design/editing.
My questions for you peers of mine:
1. how many schools are you applying to? 7 seems like so many, but I applied to ~9 undergrad!
2. Did your recommenders send you their letters or do you ask them to upload them for you? It seems really rude to ask my former professors to upload their letters to many different places.
@MDB666 I am applying to 6 schools. Reusing one SOP for a few schools.
I just asked my recommenders to write letters for me. I am assuming that they would follow the link provided by schools and fill out the LOR online. I think they will upload the letters as well? I've asked to write for up to 3 schools per recommender.
Do you live in the Northeast?
24/ F / Saudi / BsArch
Applying for different master programs in different schools.
GRE: taking in October.
INTERNSHIP/WORK: 4 Months internship + 10 Months work.
Schools im interested in: Pratt, GSAPP, GSD, MIT, Berkeley, UPenn, SoA and Yale.
LORs: 3 from professors, 1 current boss
SOP: only the outlines. I am still not solid.
25/ F / American / BFA in Interior Design
Applying for M.Arch III this fall
GRE: took back in June, retaking in Oct.
INTERNSHIP/WORK: 3 years of work
Schools i'm interested in: WashU, UMICH
LORs: 2 from professors, working on the last one
SOP: Have an outline, working on fleshing out
Portfolio: 30% - still picking my best projects and refining
@march'17 - nope, live in the midwest. thanks for sharing abt recommenders, makes more sense now.
23/ M / American / BS Arch
Applying for M.Arch I this fall
GRE: 153 V, 159 Q, 4.0 AWA
INTERNSHIP/WORK: 2 internships, 1 full time after grad
Schools I'm interested in: Yale
LORs: 1 professor, 2 bosses
SOP: I have the idea... need to start writing
Portfolio: Been working on it since May. Started asking for opinions in September
22 / M / American / B.S. Biology
Applying for M. Arch I
GRE: 162 V, 161 Q, 5.0 Writing
LORs: 1 Professor, 1 boss, 1 co-worker (former professor of art history/architecture at GA Tech)
Schools I'm Interested in: IIT, SAIC, Columbia, Pratt, U of Washington
Portfolio: This is my biggest concern. As someone who comes from a non-design background, I've been exploring a bunch of different avenues of creative expression for the past 6-8 months. I think this may be my weakest element of my application, but I also know it's the most important. Am I going to be disappointed when acceptance letters come around in March?
cwesleystein - I think you have good chances because rest of your app elements are very good. I'd say just look at a lot of non-design background portfolios on issuu and try to get to that level. gl!
25 / F / Indian / B.Arch
Applying for M. Arch II or MAUD
GRE: 159 V, 160 Q, 5.0 AWA
GPA: 2.33/4.0 [how is everyone converting your GPAs? Mine is in Percentage-79% and when I used this page to convert http://www.rapidtables.com/calc/grade/gpa-to-letter-grade-calculator.htm , it gives me 2.33..which is very low i guess.. Because I topped my class & graduated with First class with distinction. but my GPA tells I'm below average]
Internship: 2 internships of 6 months each.
LORs: I have'nt asked anyone yet. but sure of 2 professors & 1 boss giving me a decent LOR
Schools I'm Interested in: GSD, MIT, Yale, GSAPP, Sci-Arc, RISD, UCLA [no harm in Dreaming]
Portfolio: 5% I have all hand drawn old drawings from undergrad. need to either do them again digitally or start putting the same in a proper format.
your GPA is great! why are you looking at IIT and SAIC? these schools are very expensive and you will be in a huge amount of dept, not that any other school is cheap. but if you are looking at these why not look at UMichigan, Wash U, UIUC and UIC which are all in the Midwest area. for portfolio i would say enroll in a community college drawing course. Schools want to make sure you understand basic design principles. Even take a look at design courses online at coursera. focus on basic design topics and make them clean, dont worry about architectural design yet. scan your drawings in and clean them up in illustrator/photoshop and organize a small portfolio. Check out AWWARDS.com and try to mimic the designs you see there for your portfolio lay out.
Thanks! I chose IIT because the curriculum is compelling to me, I liked a lot of the projects from their M Arch students, and I like Chicago. SAIC was just another option in Chicago bc my partner wants to move there (admittedly not the best reason for applying). Columbia and Pratt are just as expensive though. I appreciate your advice. I've been sketching a lot of my favorite buildings in my city and designing some furniture in SketchUp as well.
well good luck! i would go check out the campus of each school. I really didnt like IIT but the program is well known in chicago and the graduates seem to do fine. Plus Wiel Arets is bad ass. But SAIC is in a much better location and if you are moving out their with your partner it will be much easier finding something where both of you would be happy since SAIC is downtown close to michigan ave. and IIT is southside. UIC is also right out side of the loop and i really enjoy what the students create there if you like design theory and if you can get in state it is much cheaper than other options.
Hi everyone! Glad to connect with other M. Arch hopefuls :)
29 / F / Finnish / B. Sc.
Applying for M. Arch
TOEFL: N/A (exam on Nov. 5th)
GPA: 4/5 (That's my Finnish GPA. Using the WES iGPA Calculator to convert it into a US score I got 3.35/4.)
LORs: 2 from my old professors guaranteed, 1 from the Finnish Red Cross pending (I've been a volunteer for a long time, and will likely get a LOR from my "boss".)
PH: 10% (Still not a clear idea of what I'm going to write, but I got some bullet points from where to start.)
Schools I'm Interested in: UC Berkeley
Portfolio: 10% (Ideas and some drafts.)
I moved to the States only a few months ago and the moving and settling in has taken me some time, that's why I am so much behind with this application process. I recognise that my chances in getting into UC Berkeley are pretty slim (I was at the Open House last week, and they told us that they receive like 900 applications and only about 65 get in), but I am determined to give my all and try my best. Right now, the plan is to get all the recommendation letters by the end of October, to get a good score in TOEFL on Nov 5th, to finish the portfolio by end of November and to finish writing the SOP and PH by the first week in December. We'll see how that goes, I'm nervous but also super excited! :DGood luck to us all!
Ok, time to start this.
26 / M / Chinese / Bachelor of Art + M.Arch
Applying for: M.Arch II & M.UP / MAUD
GRE: 153 V + 163 Q
INTERN / WORK: 3 Summer Internships & 1+ year full time
LORs: potentially 3 professors, plus 1 former boss
SOP: 1% (have several fragment ideas in my mind)
PORTFOLIO: 60% (basically refine the drawings from an earlier draft)
Schools interested in: GSAPP / YSoA / GSD
Will anyone include projects from current/former working experience into their portfolio? The project I am working on is pretty cool and has awarded an intl. prize, but I am not sure if the school only expect to see an applicant's academic work or an overall practice.
Good Luck everybody!
Anyone applying to Berkley
"The portfolio may contain up to 12 pages (8-1/2"x11"-format) of design content. Please note that beyond 12 pages, your portfolio may not be reviewed. Title page and/or table of contents may be submitted, and will not count toward the 12 pages of content.
Note to M.Arch applicants: The portfolio may be in a two-page spread format, and any dimensions may be used. Please keep in mind the review will take place on monitors of varying size."
I was wondering; Has anyone submitted a portfolio with more pages or different format and got in? most of the "admitted" portfolios I've seen on issuu are way over 12 pages, anyway, I would really appreciate some insight on this, thank you.
If anyone mind to share their portfolios I'd be happy too as well.
23 / F / Canadian / BID (Interior Design)
GRE: Retaking it Nov 27th
LORs: 2 from profs (thesis advisor and research prof) and 1 from current boss. I'll ask my studio prof, too.
SOP: 70% getting it reviewed by my profs
Schools I'm Interested in: UC Berkeley, MIT, Columbia GSAPP, UBC, Parsons, GSD and a few international m.arch programs.
Portfolio: 75% I need to shrink it down and re-render some project images.
22/M/Australian / B of Architectural Design
Applying for M.Arch
GRE: 157Q / 153V / 4..0W
TOEFL: Not needed since I'm Aussie
LOR: 3 from professors/tutors. (2 alumni's and 1 doctorate). one of the alumni's haven't taught me but knows me. Is that ok?
SOP: 0%, any advise on how to start?
Schools interested in: GSD, YSOA, MIT
Portfolio: Roughly 10 of 30 pages completed. Very graphic heavy which proves to take along time.
GRE 151v/156q/4 w
GPA- Not sure what it is on the 4 point scale...but its a decent score out of 10
SOP- Needs refinement
Schools Interested in - Rice, Berkeley, Uni. Washington, UT Austin, GSD
Portfolio- 70 %
I wanted to know if my choices are out of my reach considering I dont have great GRE scores. And really what are the chances of getting accepted at GSD? I like their programs but I feel intimidated by the works done by their students.
@nikita21 GRE scores shouldn't matter too much as long as everything else in your application speaks for it self. Portfolio should be your strongest factor with SOP/LORS being important afterwards.
Hello all, to the people that are applying to GSAPP do you know what they mean by "two 3-point calculus courses"? I've taken Calculus I at my school and it was 4 units... does this mean I also have to take Calculus II?
Thanks Exeg!I was also wondering whether the LORs need to be submitted before the deadline?
@Nikita KumarSome universities allow for up to a week after the deadline, best to check the guidelines
On a similar note, what does everyone thing about submitting 4 LOR when the minimum is 3? Will they go through all of them?
Experience: 2+ years.
Interests - Architecture with concentration in Sustainable Architecture (Micro), Urban Planning with concentration in Urban Design (Macro)
GRE: 157-V, 158-Q (=315)
GPA: 3.52 (all years). 3.71 (final two years)
LOR: 3 - Proprietor Architect-Dr.(Former employer), Professor-Dr., Asst. Professor
Personal Statement - Requires 10% correction
Statement of Purpose - Requires 30% correction
Portfolio - Requires change in composition (underway)
Schools Selection: Shortlisted 17 Schools
Applied to: University of California, Berkeley - M.Arch/MCP, Georgia Tech - M.Arch (MCRP later)
Shortlisted in: Architecture and Planning
Shorlisted in: Architecture (Single degree)
Dilemma: How many more colleges should I apply to? Should I apply to single degree programs as well?
How's everybody going? Hopefully all done or doing small touch ups.
Goodluck and enjoy the holidays!
23 / M / From South America (Colombia) / B.Architecture
Applying for M. Arch II
GRE: Above 300 (this is what I´m most afraid of)
LORs: 3 Professor. 1 PhD from Columbia, 2 PhD from my country, one professor which is a close friend to the dean at sciarc.
Schools I'm Interested in: SciArc, Columbia, GDS, Pratt.
Portfolio: This is my strongest asset, I´ve already show it to professors from SciArc and Columbia and they told me it is very strong and should have no problem.
A couple of internships, one from a "starchitect" in my country which teaches at columbia and GSD, and about a year full time.
Honestly I think my application is very strong, but I am VERY afraid of my GRE! I think it is the weakest part of my application! How much weight does it have on the GSD app?
Good luck to everyone and happy holidays!!
I hope you accepted from the school you interested in.
Could you show your portfolio, if you have a strong confidence at your application?
Gre isn't the critical factor for your application.
22/F/American/ BA in Art History and Mathematics
GRE: 167Q / 163V / 4W
LOR: 3 from professors (2 Art History-one was my thesis advisor, 1 Mathematics
SOP: 100% (My thesis advisor, who has helped others get in to grad school said she loved it, so I hope its good)
Schools interested in: MIT, YSOA, RISD, Notre Dame, U of Miami
Portfolio: 17 pages (8 projects: drawings, set design, Harvard Career Discovery, one architectural deign studio)
I'm kind of just hoping I get in somewhere. I'm not sure how strong my portfolio is, and it's a little bit of a shot in the dark. I guess now we just wait and see.
26/ M - BFA painting -Maryland Institute College of Art
Three Letters (two Art Teachers, one Artist employer)
GRE: 144Q 152V
Would've done better if I didn't miss four questions in the Verbal.
Schools: M.Arch I-----Cornell, UPENN, Syracuse
Portfolio: 20 Pages, Visual art based, Visually informative about process with a little bit of furniture design. Fairly strong, I kept it fairly simple, and didn't add anything that would take away from the process information.
Statement is alright and corresponds to the portfolio.
Will my high GPA make up for the GRE scores? That test is highly unnecessary in my opinion. My first choice in schools is Cornell. But I would need a substantial scholarship.
Keep in mind I have no Architectural background. But lots of Visual Art background.
22 / California Resident / BA in Architecture - UC Berkeley
Applying for M.Arch I
GRE: V:155 Q:152 W: 5.0
LOR: Harvard Alum&Most recent studio professor, Michigan Alum¤t employer, MIT PhD&former employer
Portfolio: design projects from 7 studios and a couple representation courses, some professional drawings/diagrams, paperfolding
Experience (all while in school 25-40 hrs per week): 1 year as research assistant to MIT PhD candidate, 1 year as intern for architecture office doing design/diagrams and working on a book, 2 years drafting for stainless steel design company
Applications submitted for:
Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Yale, Princeton, Columbia
Good luck everyone!
^ Why not M.Arch II?
Yea I think M.arch II is more appropriate for you, otherwise you'll just be re-learning the same stuff.
Let me know if you have any answers to my thread though, I am interested to hear what people have to say. Thanks a lot!
M. Arch II requires that you hold a 5-year professional B.Arch degree, which I do not have. Mine is a four year Bachelor of Arts with architecture major. I am applying advanced placement though for the schools that offer it.
26/ F / American / BS Arch
GRE: V155 Q154 W 4.0
INTERNSHIP/WORK: 3 years at architecture firms in NJ
Schools im interested in: GSD, YsoA, Cornell AAP, PennDesign
LORs: 2 from Studio professors, 1 currently supervisor , 1 Director of Arch
SOP: Wrote about my interest in Neuro-phenomenology and related that to my studio and tied it to my background.
- feedback on portfolio is welcome.
oops here's the new link:: https://issuu.com/ruchidattani1/docs/m.arch_app_portfolio_hq
@wanna go gsd
Here is my portfolio! check it out and please let know any comments and critics!
I'm F / Canadian and new to the forum. I'm super excited as I just received my acceptance letter into the RAIC Syllabus Diploma Program. I start studies in February. Just waiting to find out how my status for advanced standing. 41 is not to old to go back to university.....right?
Never too late my friend. Gotta do what you like to do, most importantly.
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