MArch Portfolio Seminar

Papers arranged on a table.

An example of a portfolio by Chris Becker. (Image courtesy Chris Becker.)


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Fall 2003



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Course Description

Course Features

Course Highlights

The portfolios section of this class contains a large number of portfolio design ideas, both physical and digital, from third year students in MIT's Master of Architecture program.

Course Description

The aim of the Portfolio Seminar is to assist in developing a critical position in relationship to their design work. By engaging multiple forms of representation, written and visual, students will explore methods that facilitate describing and representing their design work. Through a critical assessment of their existing portfolios, students will first be challenged to articulate design theses and interests in their past projects. Different mediums of representation will then be studied in order to hone an understanding of the relationship between form and content, and more specifically, the understanding of particular modes of representation as different filters through which their work can be read. Some of the questions that will be addressed are:

  • How does one go about describing an image?
  • How does one theorize representation?
  • How does one articulate a design thesis in writing verses visual media?
  • How can the two interact to enhance each other?
  • How do different media, printed verses web publishing, affect the representation of work?
  • How is your work best communicated?

Related Content

Mark Jarzombek, and Meejin Yoon. 4.107 MArch Portfolio Seminar. Fall 2003. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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