A portfolio of creative work is required for admission to the School of Architecture. This is a personal statement about you, your visual training, interest, and aspirations. Each portfolio is reviewed by an architecture admissions representative and is an important part of the way the school can learn more about you and your talents. It is critical that you adhere to all details regarding contents and presentation of your portfolio, and meet submission deadlines.

portfolio deadlines

Early Decision submission via SlideRoom November 15, 2020
Final day for Early Decision online portfolio review November 15, 2020
Regular Decision and EDII submission via SlideRoom January 8, 2021*
Final day for Regular Decision and EDII online portfolio review December 15, 2020

*The portfolio deadline has been extended to January 8, 2021 to reflect the University’s Common Application deadline extension.

See below for more information regarding how to submit your portfolio.


Do you have last minute questions about the School of Architecture, the application, or the portfolio requirements before the application deadline? Join us for a brief portfolio development workshop and live Q&A on Tuesday, December 22 at 3:30pm ET.

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Content specifications

Your portfolio should include:

  • a brief statement outlining your interest in the field of architecture
  • 12-24 high-quality reproductions of your best and most recent art work

Work will be evaluated based on demonstrated skill, discipline and creativity. Works copied from photos, magazines, and masterworks are not considered strong material.


We especially encourage you to submit works from real-life observation such as still life, figure drawing, portraits/self-portraits, and landscapes.

  • Any cartoon work must be your original ideas, characters, etc, and not be derivative of another individual’s work.
  • Art should demonstrate consideration of the background and composition. Avoid ‘floating’ figures or objects.
Other media

In addition to observational drawing, works in other media such as painting, 2-D and 3-D designs, photography, woodworking, sculpture, or any other visual media that demonstrate your interest and aptitude in creative and graphic work are encouraged.

  • Mechanical and architectural drawings are not necessary and, if included, should exemplify design and creativity, not just technological skills. They will be evaluated on their artistic merit and not on the manipulation of software.
  • Keep in mind that good design incorporates presentation and proper editing.
  • Work must be original, not clip art.
Labeling your artwork

Label each portfolio item with:

  • Information about the medium used
  • Whether project was done on your own or in class
  • Original size
  • A 1-2 sentence comment about the piece (If submitting two-dimensional computer-generated work - using Photoshop, Illustrator, etc - please include explanation of how you created the image and the software used.)

submitting your portfolio

You must submit your portfolio online via SlideRoom. Due to COVID-19, we will not be offering in-person portfolio review submissions this year. However, you may register for an online portfolio review, if you would like the opportunity to describe your work to a member of the architecture admissions committee. An online portfolio review is not a requirement.

Online portfolio review

This interview is an opportunity for you to meet with our architecture admissions team and provide us with insight as to why you are interested in studying architecture, describe the portfolio work that you chose to include, and your interest in studying at our prestigious institution. If you do choose to present your portfolio virtually, you may do so by scheduling an appointment*. 

Online reviews take place Monday through Friday until December 15 with a member of the architecture admissions committee. Please note, if you are applying Early Decision, the review would need to take place by November 15 to meet the ED application deadline.

*Calendly may not be accessible to individuals with disabilities; appointment booking is also available by email.

  • Please note this very important formatting requirement. Your portfolio must be submitted as a single, multi-page PDF file with pages in the horizontal (landscape) orientation.
  • Include text descriptions integrated into each page with your image.
  • On Macs, the ability to save any document as a PDF is built in.
  • On Windows, most programs have a ‘Save As PDF’ option. If not, free PDF creation software is available from http://www.pdfforge.org/pdfcreator.
  • Programs that can be used to layout your digital portfolio include, but are not limited to, Microsoft Word, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Scribus, Inkscape and Apple Pages for Mac.