The portfolio is the primary means for communicating an applicant's aptitude for design. Portfolio submitted for application to a graduate program in the College of Architecture and Environmental Design should be composed along the following guidelines:
1. Type of Samples:
Projects chosen should demonstrate the breadth as well as depth of the applicant's knowledge, abilities and interests. They should show evidence of interest in design. Examples of work should include design studio work, sketches, freehand drawings, photographs of architectural models, and digital models and drawings. (Construction documents are not considered useful indicators of aptitude or promise in design and therefore discourage their inclusion) We encourage you to select no more than ten examples of work executed within the past four years. The portfolio should be carefully conceived, well designed and professionally presented. Projects should be clearly denoted with basic information (e.g. date, studio level, tutor, etc) and very concise commentaries (objectives, concept, etc). Team work and role of applicant in team-projects must be clearly noted indicating what your role was in the work.
The portfolio should be considered a design problem.
2. Format and Size:
The collection of samples submitted must be presented as one volume in a durable folder, binder, or box, whose overall dimensions do not exceed 8 1/2” x 11” x 1” thick, landscape or portrait (no electronic submission).
Design work should be presented in reversed chronological order, starting with the most recent project, and should comprise the most significant design projects in the applicant’s career. School work and professional work should be presented in two clearly distinct and separate sections.
Design work, other than architectural or urban design (such as interior design or product design), as well as other kinds of creative work (such as free-hand drawing or photography), should be presented in a clearly distinct and separate section at the end of the booklet.
Portfolios are sent directly to the College:
Graduate Studies Committee
College of Architecture and Environmental Design
304 Taylor Hall
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001