Master of Architecture Program
Pratt Institute New York City
Words of advice for prospective Grad prep students:
"Let me first say that if you would like to pursue a masters
of architecture degree this (the Grad prep Program) is the way to
First, I got my undergrad degree in marketing and minored in psychology.
I worked in marketing for a few years before coming to the realization
that architecture was my true passion. I decided to take some prep
classes to build a nice portfolio so that I could get into some
I had been out of school for a few years so starting back into it
with the prep program was just what I needed to get me ready for
a graduate program.
I would definitely recommend the LAIAD program to anyone interested
in pursuing a graduate degree in the field.
I was employed will attending school. I had two jobs. For part of
it I was a waiter and coached lacrosse. For another part of it I
was an intern for a well known architect, Anthoney Lumsden, which
Bill Taylor arranged for me. As for hours a week, it varied. I worked
weekends while I was waiting tables and some nights during the week.
I would say somewhere around 25 to 30 hours a week for the duration
of my schooling at LAIAD.
As far as time spent out of class doing work.......well that was
a lot. I mean if you want to pursue this you have to be committed.
And you will have to learn to manage your time extremely well. (you
may already, I'm not sure) I didn't put my portfolio together until
it was time to start applying to schools, probably a month or so
of laying it out, getting feedback, and editing it. I was really
just focusing on developing and designing my projects and learning
as much as I could while I was in the program.
I attended three semesters at LAIAD and have to say that I had a
pretty developed portfolio when I was finished. When I got to school
at Pratt Institute I looked at some of my peers work and it was
nowhere near what we were turning out at LAIAD.
So overall, I would highly recommend attending this program. I don't
think I would be where I am right now without it. I felt very prepared
when I got to my current program which I am now near completion.
I am not sure who is teaching there anymore but, Bill Taylor was
a great studio teacher. About 80 percent of the stuff he was talking
about then didn't make much sense to me, but now I know what he
was talking about. The more I go through my program now the more
I realize how much I learned under his tutelage."
Group Project: Lebbeus Woods Studio Spring 2008 Pratt Institute:
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