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College of Architecture
Texas Tech University
Mail Stop 42091
Lubbock, Texas 79409
Phone 806-742-3136
Email: architecture@ttu.edu



Portfolio must be emailed directly to Anna Martinez-Lopez as a single PDF document. Maximum file size is '10MB'. No printed portfolios will be accepted. Deadline is May 1, 2017 at 5:00PM. MAKE SURE THE FILE NAME OF YOUR PDF IS YOUR COMPREHENSIVE REVIEW USERNAME!


The application portfolio should include a collection of design work demonstrating the architectural abilities of the applicant. It should communicate the level, integrity, and breadth of your aptitude for the study of architecture. The review committee is interested in evaluating architectural design work, not the design of the portfolio.

The portfolio should include work produced as a student within the pre-professional program of the college (or equivalent) and may also include a selection of supporting self directed or outside work (two pages maximum). It should be composed in landscape (horizontal) orientation, be no less than 20 pages and no more than 30, and demonstrate the applicants abilities in the following areas:

  • Design Fundamentals explored in two and three dimensions with drawings and models.
  • Appropriate use of media and craft in constructing drawings and models.
  • Understanding of plan, section, and three dimensional drawing to describe architectural space.
  • Freehand drawing.


Each portfolio must include the following:

  • Title Page with the following information (refer to sample portfolio):
    • Application number assigned to you by the college. (portfolio username, i.e. sp12compreview12345)
    • The following text:
      • Undergraduate Admission Portfolio.
      • Semester and year (ie: Spring 2017).
      • College of Architecture, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas.
  • All images should be large and sharp enough for details to be legible. Include enough images of each project to convey design intent and objectives.
  • Label each portfolio item with the following:
    • Project name, date, and class for which work was produced during, or indication that it was self initiated.
    • Very brief description of how project was made (ie: copy work, outdoor sketching, model/drawing/word exploration).
    • Indication of media used in the work.
    • Original size of work.
  • All text should be in a clearly legible font and no smaller than 10 points. Avoid extraneous serifs.
  • Use a consistent font throughout the portfolio.
  • Do not use background graphics, image frames, or other elements that detract from the work.
  • Include no more than two pages of self directed work or work created outside of the pre-professional program (or equivalent).
  • Be certain your name is not included anywhere in the portfolio or on the work that you include in the portfolio.


Refer to the portfolio guide template for basic layout assistance recommendations. The file contains clues about the clarity of layout, typography, and requirements. The PDF provides a briefly notated layout file while the compressed folder includes a source InDesign file that can be used as a layout template once the folder is uncompressed.

Portfolio Template Guide

Portfolio Template Guide InDesign Folder (8MB zipped folder, download will take time to initiate, wait for it.)

Remember that the committee reviewing your work is more interested in your aptitude to make architecture, not portfolio design. Clear and direct portfolios that present powerful work are most effective. Including evidence of studio production, process iteration, and design exploration is also a benefit. This can be presented as sequential images describing the evolution of a project, process sketches, or intermediate explorations that support the final product.

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