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Hopefully this one won't get sucked down in the rest of the portfolio criticism threads, I know there are a lot of them out there currently.
I'd appreciate any feedback on my portfolio from the Archinect community - I've applied to three Masters programs (accepted to two, waiting to hear back from the third) but my goal is to work internationally in a major city first; I'd specifically appreciate any advice from other displaced canucks on this forum who can give advice on how to break into another country from afar (I'm looking at you Rusty and Stephanie B...)
no real comments about the portfolio but with regards to finding work outside canada the main thing is to leave. Not particularly hard otherwise.
If you want to work for starchitect you should try to develop your own voice with your work and to show a stronger sense of self in presentations and in design. But that is not necessary if you simply want a job in NY or wherever.
On a practical note, be careful about reciprocity and how far away and for how long you stay outside Canada. You may easily be stuck with work experience that no one gives you credit for after returning and behind the game instead of ahead. Ditto for where you are going overseas. Nothing will be as easy as it is in Canada and when you get back the Canadian system will throw up roadblocks and hoops to jump through that can be annoying. Visas are in particular a pain. USA is probably the simplest. UK has gone crazy protectionist, Europe is not much easier and Asia is complicated in crazy ways.
btw, i did m.arch at u of manitoba and worked in UK and Japan. It's not hard to work overseas but you will find it easier if you cultivate a relaxed point of view to deal with the stuff that makes no sense (there is lots of it)
It's a solid enough portfolio I think which really shows some unique talent. I really like what you've done with your sections and traditional drawings. Some of your perspetives are pretty rough though (which looks like there is a general software weakness). You may as well have drawn them to keep it within your control.
In my mind, it's pretty bad when someone tries to do something with software they struggle with when they could have just done it with their hands to make it 100 times better.
Your art work is incredible and your color palette is my kinda thing. I also think you have a strong graphic sensibility - some of it might be a little too heavy handed but overall definitely an above-average folio in my opinion! :D
Thanks for the comments.
Will, I especially appreciate the advice on working internationally; I've read a few of your comments over the last couple years on the subject. I consider myself fortunate because I'm not necessarily looking for reciprocity in terms of counting hours towards writing licensing exams. I just turned 23 and will be starting my masters this fall - not sure if you've been in the country for the last 18 months but the RAIC has changed the rules for counting hours towards ExAC exams in September 2011 and we can now only count them when we have a professional degree. Personally, I'm not wildly hung up on finishing it as quickly as I can either; I'm happy to test the waters for a bit first before figuring out exactly what my path will be in the profession. For now, the most important thing to me is moving internationally to gain a broader perspective in professional practice and to get out of my comfort zone; this is something I think would be the most valuable initiation to my M.Arch. I've been debating just packing a bag and moving to a city with a visa for 4 months and pound the pavement since emailing has been pretty unsuccesful in the past. It always seems that there is a position JJJUUUUUSSSSTTTT on the horizon that never pans out. I've busted my ass networking contacts and have been shaking those trees for a while; I'm hopeful that something will pan out.
Med, I appreciate the criticism and can see where you're coming from, but honestly its the first I've heard of the perspectives as "rough." I'm certainly still learning proper rendering techniques but I'm having trouble finding sources outside of Alex Hoegrefe and a couple other similar blogs... Schools seem reluctant to cover this it seems.