What is an architectural portfolio?

In order to learn how to prepare a portfolio, we had an introductory lesson in the studio prepared by our instructors. After the presentation and debates about this subject, we had a wider understanding of what exactly is an architectural portfolio.

The portfolio allows us to create a collection which also serves some documentation purposes. This organization is not only a collection of significant works from the educational life but also something that has some visual and textual elements that compliment each other.

A portfolio must be specific to the designer and it must reflect those design decisions in a consistent way. In order to accomplish this, deciding on some fundamental rules governing the concept of the portfolio is very crucial. The layout must be reflecting the hierarchy of the elements.

Sample layouts of possible designs

 Editing is a very effective tool that can be used to control the overall relationships between the elements compared to the hole. In visual editing, cropping has the potential of changing the impact drastically. It can be used to play with the perception of the viewer.

 The grid is another tool that helps us to design more controllable. But grid also has its dangers. A very strict obedience to the grid may limit the design and create enormous problems. Therefore a flexible grid system where the main idea of a grid is visible but not overshadowing the design is better. In this case, we also don’t have to fill everything to give the basic grid idea. There can be an underlying structure to the design which is through the use of a grid.

While doing this, it is also important that the text and the image are considered as similar elements in the layout because they both have significant borders that need design decisions.

The balance between the blank parts and the filled parts can help us make the positioning seem much more controlled to the eye. Empty areas are a huge part of the layout and hence the perception. The portfolio is mostly about the visual representation and the experience of the viewer. Providing some resting space by using margins and bleeds is also another way that this can be an intentional series of ideas.

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Author: ersanilktan

Architecture student at TEDU

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