Which Has More Weight: Your University or Your Portfolio?

MIT Studio © Leo Shieh

Recently, cynicism has been circulating the professional world about what a degree from a particular university means. Although there are certainly some universities, or some degrees, that are valued over others, many contend that it really comes down to (or should come down to) what each candidate can bring to a potential employer.

So, a few weeks back, we conducted a poll on Facebook asking our readers: “Do employers put a lot of weight on what university you attended, or is it mostly about your ?” The results indicate that you, as both candidates and employers, put more emphasis on the portfolios.


We want your opinion, we want your feedback

We recently interviewed George H. Miller, the president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), to ask him about the importance of the Internet in our profession:

“The Internet allows a daily exchange of particular topics of interest. So, you can kind of put out a question regarding a topic of interest and you will have many people respond to assist in that discussion.”

It is always interesting to hear what others have to say, especially as our opinions can vary regarding different topics.

For us at ArchDaily, we highly value your opinion, as your contributions to our articles spur debates about architecture, design and society. Your continual feedback helps others look at things from a new angle and critic the success of a project.

So, we’d like to know your take on how we can make ArchDaily better suit your interests. We are constantly publishing the latest architectural news focusing on an array of topics from building technology and materials, to events and competitions, to interviews and even magazine reviews.

We want your opinion on which of the following topics you would like to see featured more often on ArchDaily.

Mensa Moltke / J. Mayer H. Architects

Architects: J. MAYER H. Architects
Location: Karlsruhe, Germany
Project Team: Juergen Mayer H., Andre Santer, Julia Neitzel, Sebastian Finckh, Wilko Hoffmann, Marcus Blum
Client: Vermoegen und Bau, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Amt Karlsruhe
Project Year: 2005-2007
Constructed Area: 3,500 sq
Architect on site: Ulrich Wiesler
Multidisciplinary Engineers: GmbH
Landscape Architects: Karl Bauer, Karlsruhe
Photographs: David Franck