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ARCHT 240 - Architectural/Interior Design Portfolio - Carlos Gomez

Course:Architectural/Interior Design Portfolio
Professor:Carlos Gomez
  • Online
  • OnlineLive
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Pictures including a periodic table, microscopic images of viruses and bacteria, marble, a golf ball, crystals, and molecular structure.

My academic accomplishments include receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch) from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and attaining a Master of Science in Advanced Architectural Design (MSAAD) from Columbia University.

Now in my eighth semester as an adjunct instructor in the Architecture department at College of the Canyons, I introduce ARCHT 240 - Architectural Design Portfolio students to various Adobe applications (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) to present their work in a graphically cohesive manner.

Course Description

The condensed semester covers five projects, a resume, cover letter, example portfolio, business card, and a student portfolio. All projects emphasize comprehending the correlation between 2D and 3D dimensional space by exploring these concepts. Aside from referencing philosophical precedents coupled with contemporary ideas, students are to see the assignment brief as a minimum requirement and are encouraged to supplement their project with secondary or tertiary concepts. Digital craftsmanship is an essential characteristic indicative of a student's mind working in tandem with their conceptual development and their ability to engender a level of consistency, accuracy, and precision within the layout and presentation of their portfolio.

I look forward to meeting you, seeing your previous projects, and finally yielding a portfolio that accentuates the work.

What to Expect in this Course

The five-week course is accelerated. Video recordings will be accessible through Canvas, and synchronous questions and answers via remote instruction on Zoom.

Hardware minimum requirements will be a webcam. Software minimum requirements will be the following, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. SketchUp, Rhino, and Revit can also be used for the creation of graphics to supplement your portfolio but are not mandatory.

Types of Assessments

This class does not rely on examinations but expects students to research given topics that may assist them in initiating a proposal. Cheating is not actively present in my courses. I support the exchange of ideas between students in terms of layout techniques, concepts, and craftsmanship. The most approximate assignment that imparts an examination-like environment occurs through our classroom discussions. I take notes on who is actively engaging the topic and can infer who has completed the assigned reading.

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Last updated: 10/05/2021 Sub#: 694