September 9, 2015

6 Tips on the Making of Architecture Portfolios

As an architect, you must maintain a good, updated professional architecture portfolio to showcase your talent and abilities to the public. Your portfolio is a collection of sample work and it might very well be the means by which a potential client chooses you, of a pool of professionals, for the job. No matter what your aim is, you must have at your disposal a resume, or CV, and a professional architectural portfolio. The first is a list of your experience etc.; the second is your work in fact. It shows potential clients what you have done so far, inspiring them to check out how you can fulfill their specific needs.

Check out how to ensure your portfolio is superb.

1) Choose a structure

Ensure that the projects you exhibit on your portfolio appeals to your potential portfolio viewer. Whether you’re looking for an internship, applying for a graduate degree or your first job, or seeking freelance venues – make sure your portfolio is organized to ‘sell’ the relevant background and skills.

2) Select a medium

Outfit yourself with an online portfolio, but don’t fail to have a handsome hard-copy architecture portfolio as well. It is not uncommon that computers crash during interviews and as a professional, you should anticipate the unexpected and be prepared to impress.

3) Include diverse samples

Your architectural portfolio must demonstrate your style and creativity and exemplify as large a chunk as possible of your array of skills and abilities. They should also reflect the fact that you are able to handle versatile projects.

4) Organize Your Work

The manner in which you choose to organize your work reflects your organization skills and your personality. The order in which your samples are placed tells a story. Make sure your best pieces of work are positioned at the beginning and end of your design portfolio, to attract your client’s full attention and leave a strong impression. Label each piece with the name of your client and the project’s date. Organize your pieces chronologically (starting with most recent), according to types of work (landscape architecture, software architecture, building design, etc.) by client/ project (usually one page per client/ project), or according to skill demonstrated. Make sure you demonstrate professional growth over time.

5) Provide Recommendations

Rather than having to waste your viewer’s time with a request to obtain your recommendations, make sure your portfolio includes some eager recommendations that indicate professionalism, enthusiasm, interpersonal ability, creativity, etc.
 
6) Let Your Style Shine

Don’t burden your viewer with fancy tricks that detract from clarity. Your portfolio should be clean, simple and clear. It should make visible that your style has vision and that it is well-structured and founded. Let the facts speak for themselves.

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