Category Archives: ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO ADVICE (Also – Check out the WORKSHOPS Section)

Hi Tony, I would like to share the news with you about my applications to a masters of landscape architecture. I was offered admission to the University of Toronto, the University of British Columbia and the University of Guelph, with generous entrance scholarships for each. I would like to thank you for advising me with my project in architectural modelling class and for all of your advice on portfolios and letters of intent. A substantial part of my portfolio consisted of pieces from your perspective drawing and architectural modelling classes. I’m sure that your suggestions and the skills you taught me helped to strengthen my submission. Kind regards, E.

Thank you K.G. – Teachers love to hear from appreciative students. Good Luck!

Hi Tony, Thank you so much for your reference letter. I received the offer from UBC Environmental Design Program!  Your courses really helped with my portfolio. Especially the museum  project, it made my portfolio stronger and more complete.  Additionally, remember you persuaded me from quitting the application last time we met in the hallway? You… Read More »

CEDR 162: Perspective Drawing at Emily Carr Continuing Studies, Weekends

CEDR 162: Perspective Drawing   This course is essential for artists, designers, illustrators and animators who wish to create convincing images of form, depth and space. Regardless of the form you work in, you will improve the impact of your work with an understanding of this powerful drawing technique. You will be guided through step-by-step… Read More »

Architecture & Model Making for Teens Up & the Young at Art

Architecture & Model Making for Teens Up & the Young at Art Summer 2016  – Shadbolt Center Burnaby BC (15 and up, way up) August 2nd to 5th   (10:00-3:00) (4 days) Teens and the young at art of any age learn some of the basic hands-on design studio skills for architecture. By collaborating with other students we… Read More »

Congrats to this young woman! I am very happy for you! (Hard work to come, but just put one foot in front of the other – you’ll make it :)

Hi Tony, I am thrilled to tell you that I am accepted to the Master of Architecture program at UBC! I think this wouldn’t have happened without your support. Thank you so much for your advice, good feedback and all your support. I can’t appreciate enough. Best Regards,  Ms JJ

A very successful Architecture applicant! Congratulations!

Hi Tony, I would like to update you on the status of my applications to grad school for architecture and landscape architecture. I am overjoyed to inform you that I received letters of acceptance to both University of Toronto (MLA) and University of British Columbia (MLA & MArch). In addition, UBC included a generous entrance… Read More »

Kudos to M! She is accepted to Cornell University, MLArch Program

Hi Tony, … I took some courses with you in the Fall (2015) at Emily Carr, namely, the Architectural Modelling and Creative Drawing for Architecture classes. I just wanted to let you know that I received my first letter of acceptance a few days ago to Cornell University for the Master’s of Landscape Architecture, and… Read More »

Good news from a recent student, July 29, 2015 –

Matt just sent me this note – congratulations! Matt took several courses from me – Garden Design, Perspective, Building Architectural Models and Maquettes.  ( Now the work really begins! )- “Hi Tony,   Just wanted to let you know that i was accepted to the MLA program at Guelph. I want to thank you for all… Read More »

Accepted Carleton Architecture! Congrats…(click title) (If you follow this link you will find many examples of architecture and other portfolios.) Hello Tony,    This is Guillermo. I was enrolled in 3 of your courses at Emily Carr in the fall term, I would like to thank you for helping me develop my skills in architecture.  I received my letter… Read More »

GESTURE AND MODELLING STUDIES (click photo title) – Portfolio Ideas

Quick studies, such as gesture and modelling (shading), can be effective in portfolios. They show an ability to be loose and free in your explorations and approach. Freedom in sketching can help personalize a portfolio which can tend to look a bit ‘cold and rigid’. As above, try using a variety of photoshop conversions and… Read More »

ACCEPTED TO UBC ARCHITECTURE SCHOOL! (Click title – link to portfolio below)

Congrats on your acceptance! (I just got this note from a recent student today. Jordan took several of my architecture related model-building, design, and drawing courses, all represented in his portfolio) :    Hey Tony!  I found out today that I was accepted into the UBC architecture program for this coming Fall. I could not… Read More »

BUILDING SKETCH MODELS (click title for pics)

ADRIAN BEHENNAH, a student who took several of my courses, built this model in 2014. The studio class starts with a basic plan provided, but participants are encouraged to use the model as an individual exploration of space and form in whatever direction they wish. Sketch models use a very easy process of foamcore and… Read More »


  1 – Refer to the student work above. Try to be casual, but still somewhat planned in layout…try for the old “simultaneous loose-tight” feel. No one cares for completely careless work, nor for overly slick presentations. “ Too clever is dumb.” It is important to think in terms of ‘marketing’:  Your objective is to present… Read More »

Accepted to 3 Architecture Grad Schools (click title)

This is why people teach! We love hearing that our students have used our classes to achieve their personal  goals. A recent ECUAD Continuing Studies student consented to  publish her email here. Note that she applied to several schools. You pretty much have to do that these days – it’s getting so competitive: Hello Tony! After one week of grad… Read More »