Undergraduate Midpoint Check-In

Undergraduate Midpoint Check-In


The purpose of the Midpoint Check-In is for us to get to know you as you conclude your first five design studios. We invite you to tell us about yourself, reflect on your progress, share your ambitions, and seek support. Your department directors and faculty members will review your work and offer guidance based on the expectations of the upper-level design studios. The Midpoint is a University-wide milestone for all departments and the assessment results are used to improve curriculum as well as to meet accreditation requirements.

What it is:

Advising students on achieving their goals

Assessment of student progress towards achieving the ARH Program Learning Outcomes

What you need to do:

  1. Read the Midpoint Rubric prior to assembling a Midpoint Portfolio
  2. Upload the Midpoint Portfolio, ARH 315 Final Presentation & Process Book to the LMS
  3. Tell us about yourself using the Midpoint Check-In Self-Assessment prompts
  4. Check on pre-requisites for ARH 350 Studio 6

For a more detailed explanation of the Midpoint Review Assessments, please read the Midpoint Rubric. FYI, we will spend the most amount time evaluating your ARH 315 project.

Download Midpoint Rubric PDFARH Midpoint Rubric 2021-11-17



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.

Please upload the following as your “Portfolio” items:

  1. Midpoint Portfolio (previous semester projects)
  2. ARH 315 Process Book
  3. ARH 315 Final Presentation Boards (and final model photos if applicable)
  4. Self-Assessment
  5. Pre-Requisite Check List




Please include floor plans and sections from all design studios (ARH 110, ARH 150, ARH 210, ARH 255, ARH 315). Typically, a portfolio should contain only your best work, but for the Midpoint Portfolio, we ask that you include, at a minimum, floor plans and sections from previous studios to help us see the trajectory of your progress. Optionally, you can also include work from ARH 170, ARH 180, ARH 390, ARH 239, LA 292 that pertain to the learning outcomes listed in the rubric. The far-left column in the rubric lists the relevant courses for each Program Learning Outcome.

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.




For each course included in the Midpoint Portfolio, add a written text narrative, or create a narrated slideshow 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 Studio 5 project, please describe the main idea of the project and a summary of final review comments you received.

Please share accomplishments as well as struggles so that we can better support you. As this is a moment to reflect on your progress to date, you can also tell us about your interests in architecture and your goals for future semesters.

4. Midpoint Check-In Self-Assessment


Please respond to the following questions and upload along with your Midpoint portfolio.

  1. Tell us about yourself. List 5 adjectives or nouns to describe yourself.
  2. How would your mentor or advocate describe you?
  3. In which areas do you want to make improvements? What resources do you need to achieve your goals?
  4. What or who influenced your decision to study architecture? What do you love about architecture?
  5. What kinds of projects do you want to be involved with once you enter the profession? If you don’t know yet, please feel free to skip this question.
  6. Estimate how many hours per week you have available to devote to course work. Please describe any external obligations such as work, family commitments, and other that compete for your time.



Please note which of the following pre-requisites for ARH 350 Studio 6 have been completed.


Course Number Course Name Semester and Year
ARH 239 Materials and Methods
ARH 240 Site Design and Mapping
ARH 320 Structures 1
LA 249 History of the Renaissance
ARH 399 Building Information Modeling (Revit) – can also be taken concurrently with ARH 350

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