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B.Arch Junior Review

What is the Junior Review?

The B.Arch Junior Review is a presentation and discussion between students and the Architecture faculty that is required of all B.Arch students nearing the end of their core studio sequence. It is an opportunity to summarize and reflect on the work each student has done thus far. It is also a chance for students to discuss their strengths and weaknesses with faculty and develop plans and strategies for moving forward successfully. A small team of faculty will listen to each presentation, review the portfolio, discuss the work and trajectory presented, and provide written feedback to each student.

When does the Junior Review take place?

Together with the M.Arch Mid-Program Review, the B.Arch Junior Review is typically scheduled for the first week of the Spring semester in the Nave.

What are the Junior Review requirements?

  • Students are broken into groups of 3 or 4 students and assigned 2 faculty reviewers.
  • All students will print work on 11x17 sheets, using a provided template.
    • The template provides dedicated space for student name and the courses they are presenting work from.
      • The layout of each page is otherwise up to the student. Students should consider each page a portfolio page and carefully curate and place their work on each sheet.
    • How many pages students dedicate to each course (focusing on studios, but also including Materials & Methods, DM, or Electives) is also up to the individual. As a start, students might want to reserve 3-4 sheets for each studio.
    • Transfer students are welcome to include work produced in Community College courses
  • All students will also give a verbal presentation, based on a selection of their printed sheets. The selections will be projected on the monitors provided.

Can I fail the Junior Review?

The BArch Junior Review is designed as a moment of reflection and conversation. It is not possible to fail the review. Instead, faculty concerns about student skill level and performance will be presented in the form of constructive feedback that helps students prepare for the 4th and 5th year Advanced Studios and Seminar.