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2017 M.Arch in the US: Applicants - Admissions prep post here!

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25 / art history and studio art 

GRE: V:157 Q:156 W: 4.5

GPA: 3.45/4.0

LOR: two undergrad studio professor, current boss at design-build firm and instructor from summer architecture program

Portfolio: Mostly undergraduate studio work and a few projects from an intro to architecture program

Applications submitted for:

Cornell, Michigan, GSD, Columbia, Penn 

Now we wait.............

Jan 10, 17 10:55 am
GypsySquid

Good to see other art majors. I have been nervous about my portfolio having more to do about the work and less about the design of the work within the portfolio.:( and I am applying to cornell as well! hopefully we get in there. I can't believe they only took in 25 people last year, thats insane.

Jan 10, 17 11:13 am
GypsySquid

How many applicants were there in 2015 or 2016 at Upenn, for the m.arch I.?

Jan 13, 17 6:04 am

Any one else applied to Princeton University?

- Why Princeton and what influences led you there?

-M/26/Florida

- I wanna go there cause I want to learn from Stan Allen, Paul Lewis, Alejandro Zaera Polo

- Most of of the firms I really admire like Leong Leong Architects & LTL Architects have managed to start successful firms, All Princeton Alumni, and I want to do the same. Currently work for a small firm [Process Architecture] and I am surrounded by like minded people. Starting your own firm, doing small-large scale projects. Having control of every aspect of the project. I strongly believe that the more local or grounded you are to the community, the further you can reach and leave an impact.      

Jan 16, 17 12:52 pm
M_ARCHhopeful

@Napoleon Ordaz  Doesn't seem like a lot of people apply there. Did you go to their open house? How did you like it?

Jan 16, 17 1:42 pm
GypsySquid

It doesn't seem like a lot of people applied to Cornell either. Nobody is talking about it. My video interview went terribly. The first questions answer got cut off half way through me saying it. The second answer was perfect and slightly made up for the first but good lord! I messed up on that first one, I look like a fool.

Jan 17, 17 1:10 am

@M_ARCHhopeful....I didn't go to their open house. I knew about the professors and the firms before I knew I wanted to apply to Princeton University. It is because of them and their work that led me to apply their. I wish I would've gone to their open house, but I'll have to wait and see now. I am not really interested in people's GPA or GRE scores. I want to hear why we chose the Universities that we did...I feel like some of us just chose just to chose cause we do not know any better. I see people ask which school is better? Why is it better? Where it would be better for me? I feel like if you are gonna invest that much time and money at this stage...you should know the answer to these questions and what you wanna do after grad school.

         So, why?  I am curious to hear everyone's story.....

Jan 17, 17 9:07 am
archietechie

^ Wasn't there an issue with AZP wrt plagiarizing or something like that? Wonder how'd that turned out.

Jan 17, 17 12:42 pm
M_ARCHhopeful

@GypsySquid I transferred from my fine arts major to do architecture. I only have 2.5 years of training in architecture. In my opinion it helps a lot with architecture school. A professor that went to GSD once told me that they look for potential for M.Arch I program.

Also, I just don't think a lot of people posted about Cornell? I do think UPenn and Cornell get less applicants then GSD and Yale..Check this thread out:

http://archinect.com/forum/thread/117971325/cornell-m-arch-video-interview

@Napoleon Ordaz I agree with you 100%. When I went to the open house for MIT/GSD/Upenn/Berkeley no one really knew why they were there, what they wanted to do with their degree etc. IMO if you are spending 150k + and three years of your life you should have a little bit more conviction when you apply to schools. My top choice is GSD and it is a perfect fit for me bc of my interests. Here is how I see it though: (schools I applied to)

GSD: Theory heavy school, Strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research (they constantly emphasized this at the open house also), intense program - cut throat 

^everything I have wanted for 5 years. 

PennDesign: Design heavy , have a great psychology department that does the type of research I am interested in..DAVID LEATHERBARROW!

Yale: Emphasis on 'A'rchitecture, somewhat traditional, close knit program 

Cornell: ?? - No good reason - I was pressured into applying to more than 3 program , I wish I went to the Open House. A lot of good firm/partners went to school here. Including Gensler, One of the Pei Cobb Freed Partners etc.

Jan 17, 17 1:25 pm
GypsySquid

@March_hopeful

Thanks a lot! @everyone, I am applying to the schools I am interested in mainly for interdisciplinary reasons as well. I have a strong interest in psychological design. Specifically with working in temporary shelters. Also, I have recently become intrigued by movie set design. This would couple well with psychology, so a designed based curriculum with a great psychology department to bounce ideas off of is the perfect fit! Cornell's open house was fantastic by the way. A lot of amazing facilities with great teachers as you mentioned. Plus they have James Cutting and David Fields doing bomb research on spacial environmental psychology.

Jan 18, 17 12:05 am
M_ARCHhopeful

@Gypsy Squid

Wow our interests are very similar except for a few things. We should talk!

Jan 19, 17 10:12 am
Exeg

Hi guys, I was wondering if anyone is also experiencing errors on the gsd financial aid application. I've followed all the technical prompts to use Internet explorer/Firefox with a wired connection yet after logging in and submitting the info, it comes up with an 'Application Error" page. 

I have contacted the financial aid office and they haven't been too quick with their responses (international). 

Jan 25, 17 2:04 am
GypsySquid

@M_ARCHhopeful... Yea we can talk more for sure! I have other interests as well besides set design. One of which involves extreme habitat design which is a growing field. Psychology definitely plays a roll in that as well. The problem I am having though is trying to find the right dual degree as I don't want city planning to be my second masters. It just doesn't fit me... And it seems like that's the only option for M.ARCH I applicants (at most schools). 

 

@Exeg... Sorry I don't have an answer for you but try turning your pop-up blocker off and enable your flash player. This might help... Even though that solution doesn't relate well.

Jan 25, 17 2:49 am
linhou

Hello everyone, 

I just get the offer letter from CMU and they give me 25K merit-based scholarship with the advanced standing. They asked to accept it or not before Feb. 27th, but most of the Ivy schools I applied won't have the results until March. They have the STEM-based studio and I only need 1K for tuition for only two years.However, they just have the M.arch this year and they are in the process of getting NAAB credited. Should I wait? I really like the technology studios in CMU and sustainable design, but my top school is GSD or Berkley. Advice anyone? and how is everyone doing?  The waiting is so painful. 

Feb 8, 17 6:11 pm
GypsySquid

I would talk to their admissions department. That date is unreasonable. They are supposed to give you at least a month and a half. Make sure to tell them your situation. It sounds like they really want you so they should be able to wait for you.

Feb 9, 17 11:29 am
cemoore

22 / Architectural Studies

GRE: V:158 Q:153 W:4

GPA: 3.65/4.0

LOR: four studio professors, two of which directed honors thesis

Portfolio: four undergraduate projects, two design studies. Multiple firms I've shown it to loved it, but a reviewer at SCI-Arc said it was too "anonymous & commercial" so we'll see. 

Applied: UCLA, Sci-Arc, UT Austin, Rice, The New School, VTech

From what I've seen, UCLA starts sending out decisions Feb 26ish, Sci-Arc Feb 19th, Rice March 8th, UT Austin Feb 16th, Rice March 8th, The New School March 15th, and VTech March 7th. Bring on the anxiety. 

Feb 9, 17 12:23 pm
Dericsen8

22 / B.A. in Architecture from the University of San Diego

GRE: V:157 Q:151 W:4.0

GPA: 3.1/4.0

LOR: my thesis professor, my departmental advisor, and my sculpture professor

Portfolio: 5 studio project, 1 woodworking project, a project from a book arts class that I took, and a spread of articles I wrote for an internship in a related field

Applied: MIT, USC, UCLA, UT Austin, UIC, Ohio State

Really hoping for UT Austin. The sample work of students seems to really fit how I go about my design process. Honestly will go anywhere but fingers crossed for UT! :)

Feb 9, 17 1:58 pm
archiitex

22 / B.S. Architectural Studies - University of Louisiana at Lafayette

GRE: 159V 151Q 3.5W

GPA: 3.92/4.0

LOR: 2 Studio Professors, 1 Dean/Employer, 1 Employer; some of whom are alumni of the schools that I'm applying to.

Portfolio: 5 studio projects, Design/Build, Photography

Applied: GSD, Rice, YSOA, ULL

I feel like I fit in very well with the ideology at GSD, while Rice and YSOA come in second and third. I applied to ULL, my undergraduate institution, as a safety net. The wait is killing me!

Feb 12, 17 12:07 pm
GypsySquid

I am with you all the way CTP801. This wait has made me extremely unproductive, I am trying to stay in the present but it isn't working haha... Oh well. Gotta wait till mid march for everyone to get back to us. :(

Feb 12, 17 2:36 pm

Any Responses yet?????

*crickets*

-_-

Feb 14, 17 1:48 pm
M_ARCHhopeful

Nope. Anxiety central here though...

Feb 14, 17 2:14 pm
Dericsen8

Can we "fast forward" a couple of weeks perhaps?

Feb 14, 17 2:41 pm
M_ARCHhopeful

@dericsen8 we could, but what if all our decisions were rejections?! :O

Feb 14, 17 3:04 pm
ace_

If you don't get into your top school, what are the chances you'd get in applying again? Do they care that you really want to go to their school or is it more of a one shot deal?

Feb 15, 17 2:44 pm
placebeyondthesplines

they do not care.

if you get rejected and then reapply with the same materials, you will likely be rejected again; you might have a better chance the second time if there is a weaker applicant pool, but that's improbable and certainly not something you can count on.

if you want to get into a school that has rejected you, you need to improve the quality of your application, specifically the quality of your portfolio. this is not rocket science.

aaaaah

Accepted to UCLA today by email! 

Feb 17, 17 10:40 pm

anyone else?

Feb 18, 17 10:49 am

Accepted into University at Buffalo for the M.Arch/MUP dual degree program. I am awaiting other decisions. Meanwhile, opinions please.

Feb 18, 17 12:40 pm
GypsySquid

Hey Prahallad Badami,

I also got accepted a week or two ago to UB. Not sure if I will be taking them up on their offer. Even though they are a state school, and are fairly cheap. They didn't give me much financial assistance. 

See what they do for you after you get accepted everywhere else. 

Feb 19, 17 8:16 am

Hey Gypsy Squid,

Thank you for your response. I don't quite comprehend what you're saying. Are you implying that I have a dialogue with the university to negotiate the terms of admission once I have offers from other universities?

Feb 19, 17 11:44 pm
camilahhb

Accepted to UT Austin, m.arch II - Urban Design . Funding information to come in the end of march. First result, first acceptance, sooo happy :) 

Feb 20, 17 5:10 pm
march'17

congrats guys!!!

Feb 20, 17 5:23 pm
GypsySquid

To Prahallad,

That is correct.

Feb 20, 17 5:32 pm

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