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2013 APPLICANTS PREP

Jul 16 '12 135 Last Comment
sandhilldesign
Oct 26, 12 10:59 am

It would be interesting to hear who has submitted already or when you plan to submit...

disro
Oct 26, 12 3:09 pm

I'm feeling really behind!

22/Female

BA Honours (3 year Part I RIBA) at Kingston University, London

Graduated with an upper second class (GPA avg 3.5-3.7) no one really knows how it converts..

Doing my 1 year out in a New Haven firm.

Applying to:

Yale

GSD

MIT

Columbia

RISD

AA

RCA

Portfolio: 90% need to put some work experience stuff in there

CV: 100%

Recom.: Should be done in time. 2 prof. 2. employers

GRE: taking it Dec 2

Statements: Brain storming..

Anyone going to the yale open house on the 8th?

snail
Oct 26, 12 9:02 pm

@tylerhopf I'm kind of late to the game to talk about your portfolio, so hopefully you'll still get this. I did okay with a long and relatively wordy portfolio, but it's what you do with the pacing of your content that makes the difference - compelling graphic compositions and the separation of text into headlines and captions can make a long portfolio feel short, or a short portfolio feel long. In your case, your pacing is off, and I see what seems to be a common problem of excessive repetitive-ness - for example, on pages 28-31 you have four very similar shots of your model where one would do. I see that same problem throughout your portfolio. One challenge which I put myself through when trying to fit all of my work into 40 pages was to take what might be, say, a 4-page spread, and cut and re-compose the content until it fit into 2 pages, but in a way that remained clear and graphically compelling. The result was always stronger, and I think that that approach might be helpful in your case too.

Another issue relevant to pacing/sequence is that you sometime show content in a way that isn't the best way to tell your story - you should start with the main idea and then get more specific. For example in your first supernode project, you start on pages 4-5 with a big-picture overhead rendering which is placed next to a detailed plan. The presentation would be much clearer if you put page 7 where page 5 now is, and saved the plan for later after readers already know what the project is about.

Ahdgins
Oct 27, 12 3:56 am

Does anyone know how is the MIT SMarchS in Architectural Design program? Is it more theory/ research heavy or more design studio oriented? The program description makes it seem research based however the curriculum seems to be pretty flexible?

pzamoran66
Oct 27, 12 9:44 pm

21/Male

BA Art History Franklin & Marshall College

GPA 3.4
Applying to:

GSD

Wash U.

 

U Michigan

UPENN

SCI-Arch

Portfolio: 70% needs some work experience stuff in there

Resume :60%

Recom.:  2 prof.  1 Dean 1: GSD Career Discvery

GRE: taking it Nov 16

Statement: 50% 

mtt9999
Oct 29, 12 11:37 am

Its been a really long while since I posted on this thread. The next two weeks are big.

I am applying for Master's of Science in Arch research based programs (like MIT SMarchS) My list has been revised:

Yale / Columbia / McGill / MIT / University of Edinburgh

Portfolio - 99% (just need to cut certain projects for length requirements for different schools)

CV - 90%

SOP (research proposal) - 95%

Recommendations - 95%

GRE - this friday!!!!

@ disro

Yes I am going to Columbia on 7th, and Yale on 8th.

sandhilldesign
Nov 21, 12 3:42 pm

Getting down to end! Some apps due in mid december some due early January...

 

Everyone making progress?

Noypi
Nov 22, 12 12:12 am

Anybody else applying to University of Oregon? Cause they just switched to online applications week or two ago... and my recommendation writers already sent their physical letters... fucking shit...

juventus7
Nov 22, 12 7:55 am

I am applying too, I dont think thats a problem, since they just switched I am sure they will take in our paper-based recommendations. 

sandhilldesign
Nov 26, 12 5:15 pm

Yup just checked... they will still accept physical letters.

debbxliu
Dec 2, 12 8:00 pm

22/Female.

B.Arch University of Southern California
Graduating in May; class of 2013

GPA: 3.5

Applying to:
Columbia GSAPP
Princeton
Notre Dame
UCLA AUD
HKU

Portfolio: 90%; almost done with my project this semester so I have time to put it in my portfolio.

Resume/CV: 100%

Recommendations: 2 professors, 1 employer.

Statement of intent: 70%. In the editing process.

Almost there.

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 3, 12 10:47 pm

Is anyone else perplexed by the online portfolio max page counts? so far the GSD and Princeton are saying 30 pages max, not including the cover and index sheet. Kind of cramps everything up for me... 

Best of luck to everyone this month! 

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 4, 12 12:39 am

Oh! I wonder if its 30 pages in a spread, in which case you could have 60 pages (2 pages per spread). 

I'm going to email them will keep posted. 

mvda
Dec 4, 12 3:00 am

Coming down to the wire.  Good luck everyone!

Updated Progress:

Portfolio: 70% (Need to revise for GSD req's)

Resume: 100%

SOP:100%

GRE:100%

Having some portfolios due on a different date than the application is kinda throwing me off, schedule wise.

AvanineCommuter
Dec 10, 12 9:45 pm

@Kamueku did you ever hear back from GSD about the page count? My portfolio is sitting at 24 pages or 48 sides; would really hate to hate to chop it down.

disro
Dec 10, 12 11:44 pm

Update: Everything almost done. GRE might ruin it all for me. Really blew it on that. So much for having a list full of ivy leagues. This isn't good. I feel like I have a strong portfolio and good recommendations. My personal statement is still coming together but it should be a strong one. The one thing really bringing me down is the GRE. It's below average. What do you all think? Am I going to get filtered out?

List.

1.Yale 2. MIT 3. Columbia 4. Cornell 5. RISD 6. Pratt

Jono Lee
Dec 11, 12 12:07 am

whats your gre like? and do you have your portfolio posted online?

disro
Dec 11, 12 12:29 am

It was a terrible day. I'm retaking it but I don't think it'll be sent in time...

Around 148 for both. English is also my second language. I took the Toefl and got a high score. So that might save my verbal part.

 Will post portfolio draft shortly.

disro
Dec 11, 12 1:00 am

Portfolio is now in a new post. Portfolio Review.

eeiciap
Dec 11, 12 2:53 am

Columbia will not review applications with GRE scores below 150.

AvanineCommuter
Dec 11, 12 3:28 am

 22/male

Brown University

BA History of Art and Architecture, Architectural Studies track
Graduated 2012

GPA: 3.76

Summer Internships with SOHO China and PJAR Architects Shanghai

Did Intro to Arch.@ GSAPP and currently in NY/P @ GSAPP

Applying to:
GSAPP
Yale
GSD

Portfolio: 99%

http://issuu.com/avaninecommuter/docs/portfolio-final-print

Resume: 100%

Recommendations: 2 professors, 1 employer.

GREs: 100%

V:165 Q:161 AW:4.5

Statement of intent: 0% HALP!!!!

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 11, 12 11:32 am

GSD says 30 spreads (or 60 pages). I guess they view it digitally so pretty much it's 30 clicks. MIT is the same 30. I think Berkeley has 20 but i'm not applying there so don't count on me for that. 

phew! 

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 11, 12 11:40 am

guess i'll group into the bio application 

23 male

BA Architecture studies from University of Washington. 2.5 years working experience, 1.5 in NYC.

GPA 3.58 (but who cares)

GRE 145 155 (but who cares) 

portfolio: 50% 3 projects 3 mini projects

resume: 100%

Statement: 100%

LOR: good contacts. 

Schools: GSD (First Choice), MIT (First Choice), Princeton (good scholarships but small...),UVa,Yale (don't care too much about but...) Cornell (not super stoked about but...).

I'm trying to wrap up the portfolio this week or the next for feedback. turned it upside down like 5 times in the past month.  

sandhilldesign
Dec 11, 12 5:26 pm

Kamueku Luke Kakizaki - 

Have you had any work experience?

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 11, 12 6:23 pm

@sandhill - yeah 2 years in and out of school. but not putting much work stuff in the 'folio.

Question of Archinecters - 

I have a "digital fabrication / collaboration" project that came out pretty nice, like a fancy version of a design/build. I'm wondering how relevant being a good 'collaborator' sounds? the whole studio was about collaborations, and in my portfolio its either going to be one of my bigger projects as a group or narrowed down to how i contributed. what do you guys think? 

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 18, 12 3:40 am

draft v.01 is on issuu. constructive criticism encouraged and much appreciated! my biggest issue with it now is that it may be a little too "airy", in that there's not enough content/projects. Let me know what you think. 

http://www.issuu.com/kkakizaki/docs/m.arch_portfolio_draft1 

P.S. - com'on guys lets keep all the m.arch stuff on ONE forum. 

disro
Dec 18, 12 9:49 am

i love it.

tyler hopftyler hopf
Dec 18, 12 10:15 am

Kamueku, you're portfolio looks great! we are applying to the same programs so good luck! I really like the first project.  It is a little airy, but it comes off as confident not empty.

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 18, 12 7:25 pm

tyler - good luck as well! maybe we'll see each other next year. 

Noypi
Dec 26, 12 9:23 pm

Anybody applying to UVa and know the word or page limit for the Statement of Intent? They didn't state in their website and they haven't answered my email. Anybody have an answer? 

LLJKedge
Dec 27, 12 4:32 am

Hey guys, I'll post here too!

male 24 

Bsc in arch from Umich

GPA: 3.7

GRE: pretty good actually

LOR: 3 professors

Applying to:

Berkeley

Umich

Uni Stuttgart

München

MIT

I'm mainly interested in dual degrees between arch/eng, so Berkeley is probably my first choice. 

Noypi
Dec 28, 12 12:14 am

For anybody curious about the UVa Statement of Intent length, here's the answer- 

Thank you for applying to the University of Virginia.  We do not have a word or page limit on the Statement of Intent; however I suggest keeping the statement to three pages (double-spaced) or less.

robrmm
Dec 29, 12 11:54 am

Am i late to the party?

27/m

B.Arch from NJIT

GPA: 3, 3.2 major gpa

 

GRE: 154 verbal 151 quantitative, waiting on essay results.

LOR: 2 professors, 1 VP at work

 

Applying to:

UPenn

Pratt
Columbia

all post-professional M.Arch

good luck all

Kamueku Luke KakizakiKamueku Luke Kakizaki
Dec 30, 12 4:45 pm

Everything submitted woohoo! Do schools want recommendations submitted by their application deadlines? I have one that might not make it in time ... I wonder if its ok to be a little late... Good luck to everyone !

jesusmaldonado
Dec 30, 12 9:46 pm

22/m
B.S. Biochem, 2.7GPA, May 2013

GRE: 161V, 164Q, 5.0W

GSD Career Discovery. Favorable eval?

Statement of purpose: combining arch and chem/biology, pursuing architecture because the process is better recommendations from science profs, internship supervisor.

portfolio:
http://issuu.com/konoko/docs/riceportfolio

i like michigan, and rice. good luck everyone



 

mvda
Dec 31, 12 8:03 pm

Submitted hard copy info (portfolio, dept supplement, transcripts, statements) to UCLA today.  Always the last minute.

Will upload Harvard portfolio this evening, and send out Columbia next week.

Noypi
Jan 1, 13 1:34 pm

yo Kamueku Luke Kakizaki. I'm pretty sure you'll be fine. I had a professor submit a recommendation a day late and the online application still accepted it.

 

yo jesusmaldonado. You need to change your cover page man. It's way too chaotic

batman
Jan 2, 13 3:58 am

^ agreed. its so hard to read the title dude

Philarct
Jan 2, 13 2:42 pm

24 Male

currently finishing up a Bachelor's degree in Urban Planning

Seeking Master's in Architecture

Appying too:

UVA

VT

HU (last resort)

 - All in VIrginia

Completion:

Resume 100%

Portfolio 100%

Statement 50%

References 100% (asked,sent,)

Used Adobe Indesign for the first time and fell in love with it. Work experience doesn't really relate but it looks like that may change soon. Walked into an Arch firm across the street from my apartment and made a good impression. So excited.

 

jesusmaldonado
Jan 3, 13 8:56 pm

too late already sent 'em hahaha. we'll see how it goes~

Noypi
Jan 12, 13 10:27 pm

Anybody here applying to UMN? Cause they just extended their deadline...  

PLEASE NOTE: We have extended the deadline for the Master of Architecture application to Friday, February 1, 2013. All materials received by that date will be reviewed by the admissions committee.

Can't decide if I'm happy or pissed about this news lol

own1221
Jan 13, 13 12:45 am

It's interesting there aren't many people applying to the Cornell program, I wonder why?

l3wis
Jan 13, 13 8:49 am

the MArch program is not as 'established' as the other ivies'. I'm applying though, and am really keen on going. they have AMAZING studios, facilities, and building (and campus, and landscape), and are sinking enormous amounts of funds into the program to make it competitive with harvard/yale/mit. they also have semesters in nyc at their studios there. they have great faculty whom they share with their top undergrad program and some great visiting faculty too. big alumni network.

disro
Jan 13, 13 10:39 am

@own1221 I'm applying to the Cornell program. I decided I would last minute. I actually replaced GSD with Cornell on my list of schools. I've been getting really bad feedback about GSD from my colleagues and ex-profs.  I'm pretty keen on Cornell  too @jk3hl 

disro
Jan 13, 13 11:15 am

Can April just get here already? This is torture. 

Jono Lee
Jan 13, 13 11:38 am

Where are you guys taking your Arch. History course pre-requisite?

Jono Lee
Jan 15, 13 8:02 pm

Might as well put my bit in as well:

 Age: 25/Canadian

BFA - Visual Arts @ UBC

IN[ARCH] @ UC Berkeley

GPA: Something crappy like 2.9...

GRE: Something equally crappy... 153V 145Q 3.5W

Statements: 100%

Letters: 100% 

Applying to: UBC, U of T, SCI-ARC, UCLA, COLUMBIA, UPENN, YALE

Portfolio: 

http://issuu.com/leejonathan87/docs/jonathan_lee_portfolio1a8ghq39p4ytp98y

rrnkenshin
Jan 23, 13 11:45 am

Hi everybody!

Age 25.Vietnamese

B.Arch @ Ho Chi Minh City University of Architecture

GPA: ~3.01

GRE 151 158 4.0

Schools: Rice, IIT, UIC, Berk, USC, Sam Fox, Syracuse

Portfolio: http://issuu.com/manhtran/docs/manhtran_portfolio

This waiting time is really stressing, good luck to you all guys!

mtt9999
Jan 23, 13 3:20 pm

rrnkenshin:

I love some of the projects in your portfolio - specifically the Boullee' style memorial. I have a proposal for you on behalf of Lantern Journal. I cannot, however, find any contact information for you so please email me at:

matt.teismann@lionarchitecture.com

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