It is very comforting to find this discussion, as it has been quite difficult to extract info from admission offices.
For those alumni, or students enrolled in an MSRED program:
As an architect (1 yr exp), I have a strong interest in development and green building. From my understanding, Columbia seems to be the best fit and I anticipate to apply for the Fall 2009 MSRED program. I am one of the few of my friends and fellow classmates that is taking this route as an architect transitioning into development. Columbia is my top choice, as the development program is architecturally driven. Could you please help give me feedback for my chances of acceptance.
1. Pre-college Cornell Arch' Summer Session
2. Syracuse Univ SOA '07 - 5 year B.Arch program (high rank program)
3. 1 year thesis project on NYC - 125th St. Development Proposal. Full feasibility and zoning analysis with 6 foot illuminated plexi mapping model.
4. Employed in big 10 firm in NYC (1+ year experience)
5. First employee in firm promoted to Project Architect
6. LEED Accredited
1. NO GMAT (although, no longer req. @ Columbia MSRED)
2. NO professional experience in RE. Nor have ever taken a class in RE or Finance
3. Current firm is NOT development driven
4. Undergrad GPA is shy of 3.0 (due to rough first year, but have received Dean's List)
(Yes, I know this is personal, but I am looking for personal feedback).
I am concerned that GPA and lack of experience could hold me back. Although I am extremely motived, LEED Accredited and have a great portfolio/resume. Considering the largest majority of those accepted into Columbia MSRED are B. Arch graduates, I am hoping for the best.
Any advice would be highly appreciated!