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Admissions

Undergraduate applicants to the School of Architecture apply simultaneously to Rice University and to Rice Architecture. Please refer to Rice University's undergraduate admission web page for complete application information, requirements, and schedules.

Rice Admissions

In addition to the Rice University admission procedures, applicants to the School of Architecture must submit a design portfolio, as detailed below.

Read more about the undergraduate program here.

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Portfolio

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A design portfolio is required for all applicants to the School of Architecture. The portfolio should demonstrate creative aptitude and potential and is not expected to be architectural in focus. It can include images of work done in a variety of media, including freehand drawings/sketches, paintings, sculpture, photography/film, printmaking, graphic design, ceramics, theater design, installations, fashion design, etc. The work may have been produced as part of a formal course or independently. With the exception of work completed at college architecture discovery programs, the inclusion of drafting or CAD drawings is discouraged. In that regard, art courses are typically better preparation for architecture at Rice than drafting/architecture courses.

 

Submission

As with all other application materials, Portfolios should be submitted to the Office of Admission at: riceapps@rice.edu. We do not accept CDs or DVDs.

Requirements

  • PDF file labeled with applicant name (example: JohnDoe.pdf)
  • 15 MB maximum file size
  • Page size should be horizontally oriented A4 or Letter (8.5”x11”); images should be between 150dpi and 300dpi
  • The first page should be a cover/title page with the applicant’s name
  • Content can be up to 10 pages (not including the title page); more than one image or work can be included per page
  • Captions of images with title, year of execution, media, and size are encouraged. A one to two sentence description is also acceptable
  • Our advice: Keep the design of the portfolio itself, and of the pages, simple; let your work speak for itself.
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