Portfolio Development Day Gives B.Arch. Students an Edge
On October 17, 18 fourth- and fifth-year B.Arch. students studying at AAP NYC had an opportunity to get some one-on-one feedback on their portfolios from practicing architects.
Organized by AAP Connect and hosted by AAP Advisory Council member Doug Hocking (B.Arch. '89) at his firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the portfolio development day combined presentations, networking, and individual portfolio reviews to help the students prepare for their upcoming job search.
The day started with a talk titled "Portfolio Best Practices" by KPF's Jerri Smith (M.Arch. '81), followed by a Q&A session, lunch and networking time, and then individual one-on-one critiques with a group of AAP alumni who are currently practicing architects in New York City.
"This event was very unique because usually these professionals would only look at my portfolio in the context of a job application or interview," says Allie Wills (B.Arch. '16). "I was able to have a very open discussion about how my portfolio was a good tool — or could become a better one — to showcase my work, demonstrate my passions, and spur a conversation in an interview. I was really appreciative of the attention and critical interest that each of the professionals displayed in discussing my portfolio with me one-on-one."
Professionals who participated in the portfolio critique included Kumar Atre (B.Arch.'12), Diller Scofidio & Renfro; Mia Kang (M.Arch. '14), Snøhetta; Terri Lee (B.Arch. '04), KPF; Ana Leshchinsky (B.Arch. '08, M.Arch. '09), KPF; Joe Pikiewicz, FXFOWLE; Janice Rim (B.Arch.'14), Bjarke Ingels Group; and Hugh Trumbull (B.Arch. '88, M.Arch. '93), KPF.
By Rebecca Bowes