10 Outstanding Architecture Portfolio Example Covers

The cover is perhaps the most important page of the portfolio, it needs to quickly grab the reader's attention. As you will see this can be done in a variety of ways. 

For this post I thought I would share a selection of effective architecture portfolio example covers.

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Note: Personal contact information has been removed from these examples but it should always be included your portfolio.

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A common theme I have noticed with these successful architecture portfolio cover examples is the images give you just a glimpse of a form or project.

These snapshots create interest for the reader and you find yourself asking, "what is that?"

This can also be interpreted as "I want to learn more about this", which is exactly the reaction you want from a portfolio reviewer. 

1. Ali Karimi

Harvard Graduate School of Design | M.Arch

Ali's use of a minimal cover with a single offset image is very intriguing to the reader. The scale and monochrome colors are very unique. 


2. Derek Pirozzi

University of South Florida | M.Arch

Derek uses a very complex full bleed image for his portfolio cover. The only way the reviewer can learn more about this beautiful form is by reviewing his work. 


3. Benoit Maranda

Carleton University - Ottawa | B.Arch

Benoit used a traditional building section for the cover, however it is enhanced through the use of a very provocative sky. 


4. Greg Whitney

University of Pennsylvania | M.Arch

Greg uses a very intricate two-dimensional drawing that almost creates a texture on the cover. 


5. Jonathan Sun

Yale School of Architecture | M.Arch

By far the most minimal of all of the portfolio example covers, Jonathan only uses a simple centered texture with his name. Less is more. 


6. Lila Jiang

Yale School of Architecture | M.Arch

Lila created a stunning diagrid pattern infilled with project snapshots and used a bright color scheme that really stands out. 


7. Tyler Mohr

Harvard Graduate School of Design | M. Landscape Architecture

Rather than emphasizing his architecture projects, Tyler used his name to create the cover image. This is a powerful technique of anchoring your name in the reviewers mind. 


8. Paul Clemens Bart

AADRL Design Research Lab | M.Arch

Paul used a very interesting image from his project to compile this black and white cover. After seeing this I would certainly want to learn more about his work. 


9. Philip Goolkasian

University of California - Berkeley | M.Arch

Philip used a single rendered elevation with a faded overly. This gives a glimpse into the projects within while making his name pop on the page. 


10. Szu-An Yao

University of Pennsylvania | M.Arch

Szu-An used a single full bleed image of her project that creates a very nice background texture that frames her centered name and information. 


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Printing Your Portfolio

Blurb is the best way I have found for creating high quality architecture portfolios.

To create a hard copy of any portfolio the whole process is fast and easy :

1. Upload your PDF to the Blurb site.
2. Select your printing preferences. 
3. Get it mailed to you.

Conor Coghlan, a graduate of the Harvard GSD M.Arch program, used Blurb to create his portfolio shown here:

 
 

I hope these architecture portfolio example covers will be helpful when preparting your next job application.

Want to find your dream architecture job?
Check out The Architect's Guide Resources.

To help you with your architecture job search, I've created a mega-pack of free resources that includes architecture resumes, cover letters, and an extensive collection of application documents. Click for a free download:

Thanks for reading, see also my posts on:

The Two Page Architecture Portfolio

Where To Apply For Architecture Jobs Online

25 Things To Consider When Choosing An Architecture Job Offer

Good luck!

Brandon Hubbard, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C

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