14 May 2010Dear Assessment Readers:Found within this digital portfolio is a compilation of written works created primarily over this past semester.Most of the written works are from the English 326: Writing in the Design Professions class. Other documents are
from previous and current design studios. I focused on ve main topics. These include effective communication, professionalism, revisions, strengths, and weaknesses.
Over the semester I have learned to effectively communicate
through words. I had a difcult time in the beginning, but I feel I have made great strides in the developmentof my writing style. I have learned to speak clearly through a variety of genres, audiences, and purposes. Theseskills are absolutely necessary in the professional design eld. Architecture seems to be a more visual than verbal profession, however, the ability to communicate orally or through the written word is one of the primary skillsnecessary to become a great architect. I am condent I am able to accomplish this task.
I also feel I know the appropriate times to write (or speak) formally or informally. I have had the opportunity
to write in an extremely informal to a very formal manner. These types of writing enable me to effectivelycommunicate to a wide range of people. Speaking to employers is much different than speaking to a friend. Theformality shows respect. I believe respect is one aspect that people sometimes forget. I believe my portfolio
covers this range and is still professional.
I have done a fair share of public speaking – class presentations, group projects, job interviews, etc. Each scenariois aimed toward different audiences. Class presentations are directed toward classmates and multiple jurors(usually professors). Group projects are directed toward classmates. Job interviews are directed toward two or three professional individuals and me. Public speaking is a great skill to have. I am able to speak publicly to large
groups or small intimate ones.
One obstacle I had to overcome was the ability to promote myself to potentialemployers. I am not one who likes to write about myself; I feel like it is bragging. I wrote a cover letter, resume,and marketing letter describing my skills. This proved to be very difcult. I asked very trustworthy people todescribe me and my talents. This is what helped me begin. I believe this was the hardest part of the semester. After the completion of that unit, I began to feel more condent in myself as well as my writing.Dress is very important. The clothes chosen need to be professional. I have had people compliment and use meas an example for my ability to dress appropriately for presentations in the classroom. I believe I have a goodunderstanding of how to dress in specic situations. A job interview should be formal. A group project can be
informal.I know when to ask for help. I have multiple outside sources that I have read my work to make sure it is clearlywritten. I have received advices from professors for layout suggestions that could strengthen my work. By looking
to outsiders for help, I feel I am a better writer. This allows me to clarify my work for the intended audience.
Growing up with an English teacher for a parent, I have always enjoyed English. Grammar and vocabulary come quite easily to me. Even though it is easy, I still challenge myself to become a better writer.I always look for a better word or a better sentence structure to convey my thoughts and ideas. I want my wordchoices to be able to convey thoughts and ideas in a stronger, clearer way.I begin my writing process with a list of ideas and topics which evolves into a rough draft. Once the draft is