I have developed several architectural portfolios that have each served a specific purpose in both my academic and professional career. My first was to get me into graduate school. I then made a second portfolio of my graduate work to take with me into job interviews and send out to firms. My third was based on experiments through this site and was meant to be a synopsis of my understanding of visualization. In all of these cases, I played up my strengths and built on what I had learned from the previous iterations. I also have had opportunities to review many other's portfolios through both and academic and professional lens and have been able to pick the brains of those making the decisions to see what they were looking for.

I am still learning and refining, but below are posts describing my thinking behind my PORTFOLIO VOL 2 developed after graduate school. I have also created PORTFOLIO VOL 3 page with even more information on my workflow and illustration breakdowns so be sure to check it out.



An Overview of things to think about when setting up a portfolio page and the settings I used to setup my own portfolios

Part 1 of this series, the video describes the steps used to prepare a model pic for one of my portfolio pages.

Part 2 discusses the initial setup of the portfolio's first page as well as adding adding images and linework

Part 3, this video goes over some of the techniques I use to add and manipulate text

Reader Comments (46)


April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaolo

Great uploads as always. Thank you for the information and knowledge you have provided us!

July 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersam

this is terrific! i've been trying to get going on my portfolio and this is exactly the kind of help i've been looking for! thanks for helping out all us beginners.

July 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErin

I think I am going to quit arch school already and not waste any more time ... now that I have seen the competition that is. Thumbs up!

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

Great portfolio and great tutorials. Thanks for sharing!

November 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterM

I saw in your tutorials that you use Photoshop for creating this amazing portfolios, never thought about using Indesign for this?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWouter Verstraete

I would like to do a post on Indesign sometime soon. It is a really nice program for organizing the pages.

December 1, 2011 | Registered CommenterALEX HOGREFE

Yes, it is!
I'm following architecture at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium and I already experimented with Indesign to organize all pages in 1 pdf but it would be nice to see a tutorial about a really nice page design of yours :)

December 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterWouter Verstraete


December 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

your work is 'just' amazing....i really hope that you get the recognition you deserve...thank you for sharing...

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkorina

Hey thanks for the great tutorials, you do great work. I do have one question on assembling my portfolio. This portfolio will be printed and bound. How can I setup photoshop so that I have front and back printings? The crazy idea I had was to just print and glue pages together.. Seems a bit sketchy and easy to produce a sloppy final - not what I'm going for.

-I have my pages set up as you do in your tutorial, being a landscaped 8.5" x 11" with left and right pages. Assembling these would cause gaps of white pages between each printout when bound.


January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon C.

I let the print shop to figure that one out for me haha. If your doing it yourself, I would suggest splitting the pages and just print the front and back of each individual page of the portfolio instead of trying to print both the left and the right of two different pages on one 8.5x11". I agree, I would avoid gluing the pages together.

January 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Awesome website, I am a young architect very enthusiastic about architectural representation and parametric design. Do you have any tutorial on digital fabrication?. Congrats for the website!

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAndres Morales

This was such a helpful post Alex, thanks so much for this website as well! I'm a 2nd year Undergrad at Manchester School of Architecture in the UK - it's so inspiring to have such early graduates of Architecture be so willing to already begin to pass on information and techniques to others - keep up the great work! Thank you.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDan Kempski

@ Andres,
I don't have anything on digital fabrication. I try to limit the scope of this site to architectural representation.
@ Dan,
Thanks for the kind words, its much appreciated.

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Alex, your work is simply inspirational. I am a last year of undergraduate of architecture in mexico and i've followed all your tips and tutorials to make my portfolio with my own style. I've spread your webpage trough all friends and we all appreciate how you make important things so simple. Keep sharing :D

March 23, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdxdiego

fantastic videotutorial ¡¡¡¡ Thanks a lot to you¡¡¡¡ very inspiring :D

March 24, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermaria

Hey thanks for the great tutorials

April 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermanikandanshivam

Hey, I'm in need of some help making drawings for my blog - anyone who's got the time to help out?

I'm trying to suggest a new concept of building cities, but with roads underground instead of between the building - and I need illustrations in order to catch people's imaginations. You can read about it here: ""

Anyone who will help me? All I need is the rendered image and a permission to use it for my blog, and I'll link through to any more work on your site.
You'll find my email address on the page :)

These are super helpful tutorials but where do you get the final portfolio printed? Do you recommend one printshop over others?

April 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

@ Matt,
I have always printed my portfolios locally such as at the university print shops. I have never printed through any online print sites, so I cannot really offer any suggestions based on experience. Although, I have heard that Lulu does a good job.

April 24, 2012 | Registered CommenterALEX HOGREFE

Alex, stunning work. Really impressive. What program do you use to capture your tutorials and add the glowing blue circle around the cursor?

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

Camstudio. Its a free download

April 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Hogrefe

Hi. I just discovered your blog now. I'm working as a freelance architect and interested with architecture graphics and presentation. I found your blogsite very nice and informative. I bookmarked it now and looking forward for your more post soon. Thank you for sharing your talent to the rest of the world, and i'm now rooting on you :)

June 30, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfrankie

It's perfect! But how could I do digitial portfolio to look like a real book? Which program did you use to change pages in this way? I was trying to combine my .pdf pages in Adobe Reader, but it's not the same and I couldn't save in way which I wanted.

October 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNataliiana

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