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[taken from last year's results thread]
Please take a moment to post as much information as you are would like to provide about your application to 2011 m. arch programs.
Information that would be helpful is as follows. please feel free to + and/or - according to preference.
- Undergraduate degree/ School/ Year graduated
- GRE scores
- TOEFL scores for Int'l students
- # of letter of recommendations/ from who (this can be general; employer, professor, etc.)
- things that stand out about you as a candidate (re: Personal Essay)
- post a link to your portfolio if you are open to sharing this
- List any preparatory programs (summer, community college, design courses etc.) an assessment of the program would be helpful as well
- schools applied to (results [in, out or waitlist], any $ offered, any other pertinent info)
- Unfinished/finished prerequisites
- Open house impressions, if any
- Final decision (the school you plan to attend in 2010. if you remain undecided or waiting for waitlist results, just make note of the schools you are still choosing from and maybe provide an update once you’ve made a choice.)
the information you share should be factual and honest. please keep it real. the intention of this thread is to create an archive of the process and experience of applicants this year [and to aid applicants for next year.] as always, feel free to alter as you wish since the points of interest noted above are just a quick reference. it’s time for us who have been fortunate enough with success in this process to pay it forward. thanks in advance for taking the time to post what is very personal information for the benefit of those to come.
- 28 // Male // American
- B.Arch // University of Houston // 2008
- 3.43 GPA
- GRE: verbal: 157 (560 equiv.) // Quant. 159 ( 750 equiv.) // Analytical 4.5
- 3 letters of rec. 2 from studio profs whose students tend to get into Ivy's, 1 from history prof whose a Princeton grad. For GSD I also had letter from principal of Houston firm and Partner of London firm that I worked for.
- Letter of Intent: http://pettydesign.com/storage/myshare/Petty_Essay.pdf
- Folio: http://pettydesign.com/storage/myshare/Petty_A4.pdf (50mb d/l)
- I did a "study abroad" in Italy for a summer semester. I did the AA Visiting Students Programme for a semester on top of my 5 year B.Arch. I've worked professionally at a firm in Houston, a large but fairly known firm in London, and a small design focused firm in Munich. Those probably stood out a bit.
YALE (M.Arch II) + half tuition
HARVARD (M.Arch II)
PRINCETON (M.Arch II)
- Yale has been my dream school for most of the past 6 years. GSD was my "backup" (its amazing i know, ive visited twice and yale just felt more for me) and Princeton was just a shot in the dark. So for me it really worked out and I will be in New Haven in the Fall. I still cant believe I got in. What a dream.
- 23 // Female // Double Nationality - American + European
- B.Sc Arch // Minor in Arts // 2010 //
- 3.15 GPA
- GRE: verbal 152 // quantitative 160 // analytical 3.5
- 3 letters of rec. 1 from studio prof from undergrad, 1 from arts professor, 1 from employer
- 1 year internship at Pritzker firm. other internships at various firms across North America and Europe. lots of volunteer experience.
- in: Cornell (M.Arch1AP)
- out: GSD (M.Arch1AP), Princeton (M.Arch1AP), MIT (M.Arch1AP)
thanks for sharing! congrats on getting admitted into your dream school!!!
- 29 // Male // American
- B.A. Geography // University College London // GPA: 3.3 // 2004
- M.A. International Development // UNSAM (Argentina) // Still enrolled...
- GRE: V 620 // Q 710 // W 4.5
- GSAPP Intro to Arch program 2011
- Recs: 1 from GSAPP studio prof // 1 from graduate program prof // 1 from employer
- Applied: UPenn // Pratt
- Accepted: UPenn + $ (must complete summer prep program) // Pratt +?
Heading to Penn this summer! Super excited, love the program.
GOOD THREAD JAMES PETTY!
24// MALE// Dual Nationality: American + European
B.S. Architecture/UMD // B.A. Economics/ UMD
GRE/ Verbal: 146 // Quantitative: 153 // Writing: 4.5
3 recs: 2 studio critics and 1 employer
Will not post statement of purpose
I only applied to the GSD and Penn. GSD was top choice(really only choice) and portfolio was tailored to that pedagogy. Penn was a safety school, considering that it was the only school accepting only digital portfolios that was in my list of possibilities. Was planning on reapplying next year with a few more schools added to the list (Princeton, Yale). Didn't apply this year because I was overseas and could not get a hard copy portfolio in time.
Portfolio was designed to be in 2 page spreads, but didn't feel like dividing the pages up for issuu, so what ur looking at is actually 4 pg spreads...keep that in mind because some stuff looks awkward.
IN: GSD (+$$$) and Penn (tiny $)
Good luck to all!
did you get into any of these programs with AP?
No i didnt apply for AP... should I have applied for AP. TBH, I don't mind an extra year of being around that faculty...
If you would have applied for AP you might have not have been admitted! This year they accepted 16 students over 275 applicants into M.Arch I AP (a little under 6%). Harvard generally admits 1 in 10. Chances of being admitted into AP are lower than for regular program. That being said, they maybe offer AP students they like a lot admission into regular M.Arch I... but I still think applying for AP diminished chances of admission at GSD.
You are right though... this extra year is precious! But it is also very expensive. And could be used towards getting another degree (M.Arch II, MDes, SmarchS or other post-prof 1.5 year degrees).
BTW, has anyone heard of people with an M.Arch I getting an M.Arch II? I wonder whether the people who go into M.Arch II are only those with a professional B.Arch?
Reason I'm wondering is that I have been admitted into M.Arch1 AP at Cornell (5 terms - 2.5 years) but would have really really loved to go to GSD for the larger crowd environment. I am wondering whether to take Cornell's offer and after finishing Cornell maybe try the GSD for an M.Arch II or M.Des (althought no studio course); or take a year to work (just got a great job offer in NYC) and apply again to GSD, regular M.Arch I this time. Any advice?
^^ I thought you just apply to M. Arch I and if they think you have the required skills, then they place in AP. But, I never considered AP, because, i really need to spend some time, unlearning some of the *(&)_* they taught me at my previous...
* I also have a professional architect degree (In my country, you get the B.A after 4yr - which has no practical use - and the professional degree after 6yr)
** I found a chilean grades-GPA converter, I don't know if it's correct. I had a 5.2 in a 0 to 7.0 scale)
*** If anyone is interested in my Personal Statement, I would be happy to send it by email (jpugarte1 (at) gmail (dot) com)
I'm waiting for SCI-Arc financial offer, but I'm 99% in for GSD unless SCI-Arc offer is too good to be ignored.
PS: About citizenship: USA =/= America
-UCLA M.Arch I (3 year)
-USC M.Arch I (2 year) + $
-SCI-Arc M.Arch II (2 year) + ?
-UT Austin M.Arch I
you said 275 applicants applied to GSD's M.Arch I AP program? Where did you get this number from?
Where did you get those #s from?
@jamiekleine - I think I know exactly what you're missing. It looks like your summer program didn't really show you how to think about architecture in a conceptual way. The way that most summer programs and introductory undergraduate studios teach architecture is by having students start out with assignments that have absolutely nothing to do with anything remotely resembling a building - some of my introductory studios had assignments such as "design a cube using a formal strategy such as wrapping or rotation" or "create a wearable device to connect one of your senses (sight/hearing/touch, etc.) to another sense." The idea is that you're supposed to think about any project - whether it be an introductory design assignment or a whole building - in terms of abstract concepts before you think about it in terms of more specific technical issues such as square footage. (or if you do think about it technically, you integrate the technical aspects into your concept somehow) So the significance of Fallingwater (to use an over-used example) isn't about how many bedrooms or bathrooms it has or, its square footage, but rather it is significant because of what it says about how humans relate to nature.
Anyway, it seems like your summer program prepared you for drafting rather than more conceptually-driven architecture/design, and conceptual/artistic potential is usually what schools look for in their applicants. I would suggest that you try another summer program to introduce you to the more conceptual side of architecture - any summer program from a good university with an architecture school should be able to offer you that. UCLA Jump-Start and Berkeley's summer program come to mind as programs in your area. Out of curiosity I took a glance at the curriculum of the Jump-Start program, and you can see that it follow the progression that I mentioned - they start with a project investigating the human body (that's the conceptual/abstract "how-is-this-supposed-to-relate-to-architecture?" part) and then move to something more resembling a building: http://www.summer.ucla.edu/institutes/Architecture/curriculum.htm
These Berkeley summer projects also follow the same pattern of not remotely resembling anything that you would find in a generic home magazine: http://www.ced.berkeley.edu/college/academics/summer-institutes/arch
Also, a Revit class would be a complete waste of time and money in terms of your M.Arch applications - again, the schools are after creativity. Schools generally have the mentality that they will teach you technical skills once you enroll there and beforehand they care most about your analytical and design abilities and your creative potential.
Thanks for your feedback, I appreciate it! I haven't gone through a summer studio yet, I'm just finishing an interior design certificate at a local college. It's true that the program i'm in now doesn't focus on a more abstract exploration of form which is why I want to pursue an M.ArchI. I don't feel I've developed my creativity and ability to think outside the technical aspects enough; plus architecture to me is more intriguing than interior design, although I feel both are important in collaboration. So I think the summer studio will be a huge help with that for my portfolio and maybe rather than Revit, I should take some kind of graphic design or art class - drawing/painting/photography? Thanks again, your insight has been extremely helpful.
Did your SGS status change for University of Toronto, or did you simply get email/mail? I'm still waiting
Hello, I think snail totally understood your problem... you need to show more intriguing spatial work in order to be considered... In my opinion a Revit course is completely useless towards this aim... (it is surely useful for other stuff such as finding a job though!). But in order to get in a March 1 you don't need to show almost any computer skill... focus on showing your potential, your understanding of space and light and being able to communicate your ideas through a clear process...
@npats: Thanks! My status has not changed... worried. Congratulations on Princeton! Amaaazing :)
- 24 // Male // American
- BS Arch // University of Texas at Arlington // 2010
- 3.83 GPA
- GRE: V158 - Q155 - A4.0
- 4 letters of rec: 2 arch studio profs, 1 ceramic studio prof, 1 employer
GSD + $$ (most likely to attend)
Yale + $$
RISD + $$
Rice + half tuition
Berkeley + one year funding
Syracuse + $
UT + ??
great portfolios being posted!
- B.Arch/ Tunghai University/ 2008
- 2.98 GPA
- GRE: V:690 - Q:800 - A:3.5
- 3 letters from university professors
- Portfolio: http://issuu.com/2728/docs/portfolio_hsiang-wei_chen
AA DRL, GSAPP(MSAAD), U.Penn, Sci-arc, Michigan (M.Arch2)
HARVARD (M.Arch II)
, YSOA (M.Arch II), MIT
- Final decision: GSAPP
5yr M.Arch/ Univ. of Kansas/ 2011
GRE: 153V 158Q 4AW
Letters from Former professor Peter Pran / another KU prof/ and Dean of Arch. at KU
Applied: GSD M.ArchII, Columbia GSAPP MSAAD
IN: GSD +18k and Columbia +18k
Final Desicision; GSD
They say they give you the same amount of money each year.
Columbia starts in June and I think They are offering that amount total for the 3 semesters. Gross. GSD also allows me to split my thesis and go for 4 total semesters, and that split means one semester tuition split between two semesters apparently. They also let you "design your curriculum" in the Post-prof program. This seems less true at Columbia. Plus GSD gives me the potential to do a class (or more) at MIT if the course offers the cross-registration or whatever it is called.
23/US/Male, meant to include that
38 / Male / Singapore
B. Engineering (First Class Honors, Salutatorian)/Nanyang Tech. University/1999
V 161 / Q 170 / W 4.5
3 Letters of Rec with 2 from professors in NTU+ 1 from boss from previous job.
In: GSAPP, Pratt (+21k), UW CBE (Seattle), UBC (Vancouver), CCA
Out: GSD, Princeton, MIT, UC Berkeley.
Open House: Flying to Vancouver in 2 weeks.
Final Decision: UBC (Taking finance, family, city, into consideration)
Career changer from finance/trading.
No background in design, art or architecture which explains the superficial/mediocre/poor portfolio in my opinion.
Quit my job to dedicate time to do GRE/Portfolio in 3 months. The drawings were my firsts during the month of lessons. Picked up the software stuff from online tutorials. The only reason that I am sharing this is to testify of God's goodness and that if we try hard enough, we might be just good enough.
25 / Male / USA
B.Arch - Penn State - 3.7
M.Arch - Penn State - 4.0
164 V / 164 Q
IN: Cooper Union MArch II, GSAPP MSAAD (only applied to these two programs)
Final Decision: Coop
25 / Male / USA
University of Southern California, B. Arch, 2010
V 162 / Q 168 / W 4.5
All 3 Letters were from former professors at USC, each with some good contacts throughout the academic world.
Applied: Yale, Princeton, UC Berkeley, Michigan
In: Michigan (2G program), UC Berkeley (Studio One program)
Wait List: Yale (M.Arch II)
Out: Princeton (M.Arch II)
Final Decision: None yet. Yale is my top choice, but I am going forward as though it's not an option. I visited Michigan last week and loved the people, campus, program, and faculty but they did not offer much in funding. Visiting Berkeley this weekend for the Open House and hoping to secure some funding then. All of the programs are great, but I'll be the only person paying for this degree, and I'd like to not be buried under debt for 20 years.
Whatever you decide, if congress doesn't act, the subsidized federal student loan program the interest rate will double from 3.4% to 6.8% starting July 1. How bad will this screw us over you may ask? Many people here are looking at some pricy schools so....If you have $60,000 in student loans at 3.4% for a 30 year loan your monthly payment will be $266.09 with cumulative payents of : $95,791.61 and total interest paid of $35,791.61 -- If you take the same amount at 6.8% the monthly payment goes to $391.16, cumulative payments of: $140,811.87 and total interest paid of $80,811.87. Everyone's situation is different but I would encourage everyone to check out this site:
@shawnswisher, is it possible you could post a link to your portfolio?? Thanks!
22 / M / Bahraini
B.S Arch / Georgia Institute of Technology / 2011
GPA - 3.78
GRE - V 540 M 680 W 5.0
3 Rec letters - All from Georgia Tech studio professors, 2 graduated from Columbia 1 from MIT.
Portfolio+Resume (Resume is outdated)
Conducted internships in Paris, France + Santiago,Chile + Manama, Bahrain. Personal essay spoke mainly of the role I'd like to have in my country and the changes I would like to see myself be a part of.
Accepted - GSD M.Arch 1, GSAPP Dual-Degree M.Arch+M.UrP, Sci-Arch M.Arch 2, UCLA Dual Degree M.Arch + M.UrP
Rejected - Princeton M.Arch I
Decision - GSD
Best of luck to all current and future applicants.
27 . M . U.S.
B.S. Architecture . UT Arlington . May 2012
3 letters from studio professors
in: cornell, penn, uva, parsons, sci arc
with $ at some
going to penn and cornell this weekend for o.h.
21 / M / Lebanese (born and raised in Dubai)
BSc Architecture / McGill University / 2011
GPA - 3.42
GRE - V 630 M 800 W 4.0
3 Rec letters - All from McGill studio professors
Portfolio (Resume is included) : http://issuu.com/mja5762/docs/mja_portfolio_ver.4_diff_cover_red
Took a year off after my undergrad and am currently working in Beirut for a pretty well known architect in the region (Bernard Khoury). My stay here really allowed me to enhance my vision as a prospective architect and strengthen my ambitions towards researching responsive/dynamic architecture that could relate to the volatility of the region that I come from (Beirut/Dubai)
Accepted - MIT (M.Arch I) + UPenn (M.Arch I)
Rejected - Princeton (M.Arch I) + GSAPP
Decision - MIT (dream school)
good luck to all future applicants... best advice I can give is to not be afraid of being weird in your personal statement and portfolio ... try standing out as much as you can and be yourself, be unique ! at a point I starting talking about my fascination with the EDM scene especially trance music and how I wanted to design a nightclub that caters to underground raves ...
25. M. USA
BS Arch - Univ of Minnesota 2009
Average GRE scores, cant remember them exactly, but in the middle range, nothing special, nothing bad.
3 letters -
1 Former Harvard Instructor, Former AA Instructor, AA Grad - Partner at current employer
1 Current Dean at Tsinghua University in Beijing, Visiting SCI-Arc Prof , Kyoto PHD, MIT Visiting Scholar- Partner at current employer
1 Former undergrad studio instructor, Rice Univ Grad
Alright portfolio, nothing super spectacular, not really on par with what many people posted above. portfolio demonstrated high level of skills in grasshopper, research and diagramming, but could have worked on it a little more. ive been really blown away by some of the portfolios people have been sharing!
3 years working experience in Beijing, China at 2 different firms, one a highly respected urban design research foundation, another a heavy parametric driven firm.
SCI-Arc M.Arch II (Waiting on Funding)
AA London EmTech M.Arch (Waiting on Funding)
Most likely AA Emtech since it really fits my interests, was my top choice. Only thing that will keep me out is if I have problems with the UK student visa process. They require proof you have an entire years tuition plus $20,000 living stipend in cash in your bank account to even apply for the visa. So it may be hard to scrounge up $50,000 in cash all at once considering many student loan programs disperse the money out in several segments at the start of each semester. Currently working with the bank. so we'll see what happens...
Politecnico of Milan, B.Arch 2012
2 letters from studio professors, 1 from employer
TOEFL iBT: 102
portfolio and ps can be sent upon request
completely interested in visonary and conceptual thinking (Superstudio, Archigram, Archizoom..)
In: GSAPP, UMich +$, Cornell + scolarship candidate, SCI Arc
Heading to: thinking about GSAPP, very attracted to the student work of SCI Arc.
haha I'll be heading to gsd and I also love the EDM scene......we should meet up and discuss designing a new club in cambridge.....:P
Enjoyed your portfolio, peace!
what made you choose GSAPP among the other schools?
As requested: Portfolio + Resume. I was hesitant at first because I don't think it's the greatest exercise for everyone to judge others or themselves based on another's portfolio or experience. But I also know I had a tough time trying to figure out what to put in my portfolio, so if it helps someone else in the future I can't really complain.
- B.A.Arch/ UC Berkley/ 2010
- GRE 690+800+3.5
- TOEFL 108
- Letters: 2 Studio Pro, 2 Intern supervisor, GSD alumni
- Applied: MArch I
IN: Columbia, Yale, Upenn+$$, UC Berkley(2 yr), Umich+$$ (2 yr)
WL: Harvard GSD AP
Heading to Columbia M.Arch I
PS. Didn't apply to any need-based scholarship, the $ from Upenn and Umich are merit based
Do you mind uploading a portfolio? interested in seeing it. thanks ahead
30 / M / Californian
2010 B.A. in Architecture, UC Berkeley + City College of San Francisco (transfer student)
4 different recommenders, all are professors who know me very well. (most of my applications allowed only 3)
I've won a few big research scholarships, did a lot of research work, and did a lot of teaching.
Most of my professional experience, my awards, and my (reduced) portfolio are posted online: www.benjamingolder.com
IN: Harvard MArch AP, Yale MArch, Princeton MArch, Columbia GSAPP Dual-Degree (MArch/Urban Planning), MIT Arch, MIT MCP
OUT: MIT Media Lab
- 29 // Male // Taiwanese
- BSA // NCKU. // 2005
- 3.3 GPA
- GRE: verbal: 144 // Quant. 159 // AW 3.0
- 3 letters of rec. 1 from studio prof, 1from prof (other university), 1 from employee
- portfolio: Sorry, my portfolio cannot be made public due to some private projects.
- IN: Cooper ($$), Cornell ($), UPenn, AA DRL, Bartlett
-OUT: GSD, Yale, MIT, GSAPP
-Decision : Cooper (95%)
However, MArch at Cooper is a new program. I cannot find any ranking of this program on the internet or magazine and I can’t make sure it is better than Cornell.
Also, according to this forum, there are relatively few students applied to Cooper. ( I don't know why?) How is this school’s reputation in the US? If I want to find a job in the US after graduation, which school (Cornell or Cooper) could provide more advantage in the job market? As far as I know, Cooper has a strong and unique design tradition which I very admire and the location of Cooper is great! Moreover, CU has an internationally renowned undergraduate program. Is anyone familiar with this school and able to give me some suggestions? Thanks!
2011 BS in Architecture, Ball State University
GRE: 460/670/4.0 (151/152/4.0 <-estimated current score in gre website)
Letters: 3 past profs, all of which I was very close with. One showed me his letter and it was better than I could have asked for, never saw the other two
I took a year after graduation to intern at two different firms. One was a small firm in Indianapolis, the other is a nationally recognized firm in Texas. (where I am now)
Applied to 7 schools...
University of Washington + ?
Syracuse University + advanced placement + 8k
IIT + ?
UC Berkeley, Wash U (St. Louis) UT
Final Decision: I'm going to UWs open house tomorrow and Syracuse's next weekend, I'm torn between the two. They are both very different programs, in very different parts of the US. I have to think a lot about what direction I want to take, open houses will be a huge deciding factor I think. The money and adv placement for Syracuse made it the same length and relatively same $$ as UW, which of course only complicates the decision...
- 26 // Male // Taiwanese
- B.Arch // Chung Yuan Christian University, Taiwan // 2009
- 3.26 GPA
- GRE: verbal 147 // quantitative 159 // analytical 3.0
-TOEFL iBT: 103
- 5 letters of rec. 4 from studio prof from undergrad, 1 from employer
Cooper Union, MArch. II
Columbia GSAPP, MSAAD
Cornell, MArch. II ($10000)
UCL The Bartlett, MArch Architecture RIBA pt.2 (conditional offer)
Princeton, Yale, GSD (MArch. II), MIT (SMArchS)
-Decision : Cooper (90%)
I will probably go to Cooper Union because of the full-ride and their strong faculty. However, It is sad to withdraw the chance to study in UCL, it was my dream school when I studied architecture in Taiwan. Any suggestion and critique on my portfolio would be very appreciated!
24 /M/ INDIA
Ielts : 7
in : AA Drl, London
did you attend an interview for the AA?
Accepted the offer from Cooper Union today! Pumped to be in NYC come September.
I got accepted to the AA without an interview, I know a few other AA DRL alum who didnt go in for an interview and got in just fine. I have heard from the admissions people that they have had more applicants then normal this year so it has been taking them longer then normal to go through them.
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