The Architect's Portfolio: Planning, Design, Production

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  • Copyright: 2010-06-04
  • Publisher: Routledge
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For anyone putting together an architectural portfolio this is essential reading.

The creation of a successful portfolio is a vital skill needed by architectural students and professionals alike. In a highly competitive global market the accomplished representation of the architect’s work must be able to turn opportunities into triumphs.

The Architect's Portfolio book offers a fresh step-by-step approach to achieving a reflective, attractive and successful representation of one’s work. Structured in four stages it takes the reader through each step needed in the creation of a successful portfolio, from understanding yourself and your market, to planning, designing and producing it.

Illustrated throughout in full colour, the book includes case study portfolios from the US, UK, Europe and Asia which demonstrate the steps in the process for both practitioners and students, from sketch trials to full-colour stage lay-outs. These contributions come from architects all over the world, providing terrific insight into current practices and inspiration and ideas.

This is simply essential reading for anyone putting together an architectural portfolio.

Author Biography

Andreas Luescher is a Swiss architect, artist, writer, and Associate Professor of Architecture at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. His scholarship is widely published and he is a frequent presenter at national and regional American Institute of Architects and Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture conferences.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. VI
Contextualize Itp. 1
Portfolio as Autobiographyp. 4
Portfolio as Portable Museump. 5
Portfolio of Gamesp. 8
Case Studiesp. 9
Plan It, Select Itp. 43
Understanding Yourselfp. 46
Identifying Your Audiencep. 46
Conserving Workp. 47
Selecting Work: Building the Theme for the Portfoliop. 49
The Crit Wallp. 51
Case Studiesp. 52
Design It, Produce Itp. 89
Thumbnails and Mock-ups (Dummies)p. 92
From General to Specificp. 94
Full-scale Designp. 98
Designing for Receptionp. 99
Learning from Othersp. 100
Techniques and Stylistic Effectsp. 101
Copy/Textp. 102
Typographyp. 102
The Cover: An Interesting Entrancep. 104
Paperp. 105
Bindingp. 106
The Squint Testp. 107
Additional Tools for the Online Portfoliop. 107
Case Studiesp. 109
Send It, Present It, Market Itp. 141
Networkingp. 144
Informational Interviewingp. 145
Sending Your Portfoliop. 146
The Interviewp. 147
Gauging the Success of a Portfoliop. 147
Case Studiesp. 149
Postscriptp. 181
Types of Portfoliop. 184
Schedulep. 186
About the Portfolio Contributorsp. 187
Acknowledgementsp. 190
Indexp. 191
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Excellent! June 26, 2011
This is the first textbook on portfolios that I've actually found to be helpful and inspiring. I got the idea for my portfolio from this textbook. It shows a ton of awesome examples in there and it is really inspiring. This textbook shows you very innovative ideas and various ways to go about designing and creating your portfolio. Definitely worth the read. I received this cheap textbook within days. Seller was good, I give my highest recommendation.
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