Every year between the Fall and Spring semesters, graduate students of the architecture program at UIC are required to compose a portfolio documenting their studio projects. The act of designing a portfolio provides the opportunity to revisit past projects and connect them through a larger argument across the work. The submitted portfolios are then critiqued by faculty of the school, allowing the student to receive feedback for each iteration. By the third year, when faced with the inevitable task of applying to firms, students are armed and ready with a comprehensive, refined portfolio of there graduate career. In addition, the iterative portfolios provide the school with an inclusive medium to demonstrate the quality of work being produced.
To further exemplify the importance of these portfolios, the school holds an annual Portfilio Day in late January where selected portfolios are showcased. Alumni of the school are invited to the event and have the opportunity to review and vote on the displayed portfolios. This provides a great opportunity for former students to see the work coming out of their Alma mater and converse with current students.
Through this event, three categories of awards–the faculty awards, the alumni awards, and a student choice award–are presented to nominated students. The Susan Nealy/FGM Award for Architectural Studies is also presented to one student who has excelled in their studies. Below are the award recipients for 2012 and images taken from awarded portfolios.
2012 Portfolio Day Award Winners
Faculty Choice Award
John Dillon (Third Year MArch)
Faculty Choice Award Honorable Mentions
First Year Alvaro Vanegas
Second Year Travis Kalina
Third Year Jennifer Meakins
Alumni Choice Award
Continuing Student Jason Mould
Graduating Student John Dillon
Susan Nealy/FGM Award for Architectural Studies
Student Choice Award
All photographs provided by Matt Messner.
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