How to design the perfect portfolio for an architecture student

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How to design the perfect portfolio for an architecture student
Laying out blueprints is a crucial part of creating an organised student portfolio. (Jeffrey Coolidge/Photodisc/Getty Images)

An architectural portfolio is an important aspect of any architecture student's educational and business career. An outstanding portfolio can land a student a promising architecture career immediately after graduation, enabling him or her to work for the required period before applying for the architecture licensing process. A few organizational tasks can help you put together the most creatively laid out portfolio in a short amount of time.

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  1. 1

    Take multiple photos of each model or project created. Play with the light while taking the photographs to broaden your selection. Choose photographs that have no distractions such as background images, and photographs that contain clear quality.

  2. 2

    Do not contain projects without 3D drawings of photographs. You could be the best draftsman in the world, however, neglecting to show a potential employer the actual item implies that you may not know how to turn your drawings into actual structures.

  3. 3

    Hand draw as much as possible. Any person can draft with computer assistance, but drafting by hand shows true craftsmanship and allows you to expand your mind to laying out structures with shapes and curves that simply cannot be captured on a computer.

  4. 4

    Choose a page size and layout that is not too large and can be looked through easily. The standard option for a portfolio is 8 1/2 x 11 inches because it provides adequate page space without forcing you to place items that are too small to see or overwhelmingly large.

  5. 5

    Place the page number on the same location for each page.

  6. 6

    Lay out your projects beginning with a strong project and finishing stronger. Do not include work that you feel is not your best.

  7. 7

    Choose a neutral colour to avoid creating a negative impact in your portfolio. Avoid choosing patterns that are too busy as they can distract from your architectural work.

  8. 8

    Place one or two photosonr each page, taking up as much space as possible without altering the images. Do not overlap images or resize images in a way that will change their appearance.

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