On Saturday, September 10, Van Alen hosted another rousing edition of Design Speed Dating, our seasonal portfolio review series that pairs four emerging designers with four established professionals. Following the round-robin session, our esteemed panel of critics Stephen Cassell (Architecture Research Office), Diane Filippi (SPUR), Signe Nielsen (Mathews Nielsen and NYC Public Design Commission), and Suzanne Stephens (Architectural Record) shared their thoughts on what makes an attention-grabbing portfolio. We’ve excerpted their comments here. Congratulations to our four terrific designers: Brandon Bartle, Jacob Dugopolski, Marti Lea Gottsch, and Allyn Hughes. And thanks to sponsors City Bakery, Murray's Bagels, and Brooklyn Bagel & Coffee Co. for a festive brunch!

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