I am working on my graduate portfolio as I begin my job search. This is my 5th year, 1st semester studio project, in the Atchafalaya Basin, LA…

Personally this is my absolute favorite project during my time at UL Lafayette. I am going to offer my thoughts to each spread in trying to catalog my thoughts and as well as help anyone who may be working on their own portfolio in the near future…


Spread 1

501 Spread 1

The first spread is the “WOW” factor. I want to grab the attention of the reader and make them want to view the rest of the spreads. The text on this page aims to set up the brief description for the background of the project, as well as the project goal.

Things to notice:

  • I put a white transparency (80%) behind the text so it becomes readable behind the large image.
  • I put my studio team. Give credit where it is due if you have a studio partner for the project.
  • The black bar (20% opacity) at the top of the spread will set up the design standard for the other pages.


Spread 2

501 Spread 2

The second spread will start at the large-scale context, meaning the geographic location. I am identifying the thesis and problem for the project. I will admit, there is a good bit of text, but I cut the text I did have in half. From the large-scale context I then shift to the site plan on the right page.

Things to notice:

  • The black bar is now at the bottom of the page, with the studio number attached to it, as well as a spread title.
  • The geographic context diagrams connect to each other with a red dotted line to help reference to the next diagram.
  • The diagram above the black bar, left page is a linear graphic, which made it easy to snap to the black bar.
  • I still have a north arrow and scale on my drawings.


Spread 3

501 Spread 3

The third spread takes us down another scale, from the site plan on the previous page to the floor plans.

Things to notice:

  • The black bar transforms into the ground for the building sections. Showing what is underground. Since the elevation changes on the far left of the spread, I adjusted the shape of the black bar to it, further strengthening the connection to the ground.
  • The building sections are the same scale as the floor plans so they can refer to each other. You can see that the left section is actually lines up with the floor plan, further strengthening the connection.
  • I put opacity on the part of the floor plan drawing which layers over the building sections to make the drawings more readable.


Spread 4

501 Spread 4

The fourth spread is reserved for the details of the project; I go into the different systems of construction and the wall section.

Things to notice:

  • The underground part of the wall section mimics what the building sections did on the last spread, however uploading the document into issue.com has messed this graphic up where it overlays. I will have to look into this…
  • You can see in this spread that the amount of images is beginning to clutter the page, even slightly distracting the composition. I really wanted to show my stack-able physical model and felt it deserved a column though! Maybe someone can suggest a fix?
  • The physical model photos do NOT have hard edges, so they blend into the page much smoother.

I blasted this out in one day. I couldn’t put everything I wanted into these 4 spreads. There were about 20 more diagrams I could have added but I think it would have made it difficult to focus on the project. Sometimes you have sacrifice drawings to make others take the focus! I used Adobe InDesign + Photoshop to do these spreads. I used TechnicLite and TechnicBold fonts, as well as Swis721 BlkEx BT for the Large “501”.

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ARCH 502 [Trans] portation Center

ARCH 509 Master’s Project- Flexible Synthesis

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