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1-on-1 workshops are formatted in a way that will give you the opportunity to develop step by step a portfolio that will allow you to succeed in gaining admission to some of the Top M.Arch., M.S. or B.Arch programs in the United States and the world. In the past, my students have made it to programs such as Harvard GSD, Columbia GSAPP, Cooper Union, Cornell, MIT , Pratt, Parson’s, Yale, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and many others. Many have been particularly successful in not only getting in, but also receiving some very hard-to-get scholarships, presidential fellowships, grants and other forms of financial awards. Many have also received instant recognition in their architecture schools, thanks to their higher level of design skills compare to their peers, which they manage to develop during the process of putting together their portfolio for admission. Several of my students have been  chosen to exhibit their portfolios as excellent examples.

1-on-1 workshops are tailored to the background, schedule, and goals of the student, so every workshop sequence is different. The workshop sessions take place at a variety of locations specified in the planning stage.
During the planning stage of the workshop sequence, we will develop a clear plan according to your timeframe, background and budget. During a free introductory meeting, I will get to discuss and answer all your questions, and define a clear trajectory consisting of stages, goals and deadlines.

Normally, a complete workshop for a student that is starting from scratch consists of three stages. The first stage is “Content Development”, during which you will get to develop projects and maximize the effectiveness of your portfolio. This is a very interesting and creative stage in the process, during which you will have a chance not only to work towards your goal for admission, but also to learn new design skills ranging from software use, to digital graphics, to traditional methods of drawing, painting, model-building and even sculpture, all of which will be extremely useful to you during your time at design school.

The second stage, the shortest of the three, is “Book-Planning”. During this stage we will organize the work in a way that will communicate what makes you special. This is a key phase in the development process and defines the narrative aspects of the portfolio. Decision-making during this important process will be based on our past experience in content organization. Through free-association and a series of  exercises (including reflection based on the already developed content) we will determine our approach, and choose a strategy that will guarantee to help us produce an innovative and eye-catching narrative portfolio.

Finally, the third stage, is the one dealing with actually putting together the book. In some cases all that is required is a set of slides or prints. Therefore, the third stage of our process only applies to cases of schools that require a complete book. This stage is extremely involved on our side, as every page, chapter and project will be developed through a back-and-forth process and will be thoroughly examined by us during (and between) sessions in order to determine the level of its clarity and significance within the portfolio.

As part of this very important process, I will be available at any time in-between sessions through email to answer any questions that you might have, and give you feedback.

Please feel free to contact my office and speak schedule a free introductory meeting. At the moment, regular 1-on-1 workshops are only available within the Tristate area (NY, NJ, CO). If you are located outside the Tristate, please consider one of our other options, including the very effective and affordable 1-on-1 Online workshops.





Elos is a design strategist and an expert in architecture school portfolio development and admission strategy. Since 2002 he has had the pleasure of helping numerous aspiring architects develop a career vision and enter the best architecture schools. He has taught at MIT, NYIT, CUNY, and NYU Poly and has published widely on architecture and design strategy. He has an M.Arch. from MIT, where he was a Presidential Fellow, and an M.S. in management from NYU, where he was a Reynolds Fellow. He is an Associate member of the AIA and a LEED AP.


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for Questions or to schedule an introductory session, please call 347.236.4407 or email elosdesign@gmail.com

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