Undergraduate Midpoint Reviews
The purpose of the Undergraduate Midpoint Review is to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on their own progress, as well as to receive feedback, as they conclude their first five design studios. Your department directors and/or faculty members will review your work and offer guidance based on the expectations of the upper-level design studios. With this guidance, students are encouraged to develop an awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses.
What it is: Assessment of student progress towards achieving the ARH Program Learning Outcomes and Feedback on the Midpoint Portfolio
What you need to do:
- Read the Midpoint Rubric prior to assembling a Midpoint Portfolio.
- Upload the Midpoint Portfolio to the LMS before the last day of the semester.
- Complete and upload the Midpoint Review Self-Assessment form.
- Upload a transcript that shows grades received in courses completed thus far (screen shot of LMS is ok).
For a more detailed explanation of the Midpoint Review Assessments, please read the attached Midpoint Rubric. FYI, we will spend the most amount time evaluating your ARH 315 project.
Download Midpoint PDF attachments:
1. SUBMISSION PROCEDURE
Upload your Midpoint Portfolio files before the last day of the semester. The “Midpoint Review: Portfolio Needed” prompt will appear on your dashboard on the 15th day of the semester. The LMS will not accept a portfolio after the review commences.
You must upload the following to your Midpoint Review page on the LMS as your “Portfolio”:
- Midpoint Portfolio
- Midpoint Self-Assessment
- ARH 315 Process Book
- ARH 315 Final Presentation Boards (and final model photos if applicable)
2. MIDPOINT PORTFOLIO CONTENT & FORMAT
You must include your work from all design studios (ARH 110, 150, 210, 255, 315) as well as from ARH 170, ARH 180, ARH 390, LA 292, ARH 239. For all design studio projects, floor plans and sections MUST be included.
Organize your work into a multi-page PDF file. Please format your work on 11×17 sheets in landscape orientation. All pages in the Midpoint Portfolio must be the same size. Each page should include your name, faculty name, course number, semester, year, and assignment name.
Please do not cram the pages with too many images. Add pages as needed.
Always remember to include process work from each studio – not just the final drawings.
3. ADD TEXT NARRATIVE
For each course included in the Midpoint Portfolio, add a text narrative to share your reflections on your accomplishments using the Midpoint Rubric as a reference. Give a simple description of the problem and a clear, concise explanation of your solution for each of the projects. Or simply tell us your “take-away” for each course.
For the ARH 315 project, please describe the main idea of the project and a summary of final review comments you received. For projects from other classes, please share accomplishments as well as struggles. As this is a moment to reflect on your progress to date, you can also describe your primary interests in architecture, and your goals for future semesters.
Midpoint Review Self-Assessment
Please respond to the following questions and upload along with your Midpoint portfolio. Download PDF MidPoint Self-Assessment.
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- In which areas do you want to make improvements? This will help us support you better.
- What factors influenced your decision to study architecture?
- What kinds of projects do you want to be involved with once you enter the profession? If you don’t know yet, please leave blank.
- Please describe any external obligations such as work, family commitments, and other that compete for your time. Estimate how many hours per week you have available to devote to course work.
- Attach a transcript that shows grades received in courses completed thus far. Screenshot of the LMS is fine.
- The following are the pre-requisites for ARH 350 Studio 6 Site Conditions & Building Performance. Please note which of these courses you have completed.
- ARH 399 Building Information Modeling (Revit)
- ARH 239 Materials and Methods
- ARH 240 Site Design and Mapping
- ARH 320 Structures 1
- LA 249 History of Architecture 2