Effective diagramming of ideas and processes can make the difference between an architect and just an aspiring architect. The ability to communicate ideas quickly with a swing of a pencil will be essential throughout your career, from team-meetings at the firms you will work, to meetings with clients or contractors. Diagramming is particularly significant when putting together a portfolio as well, because (simply put) no one will read your text. The admissions committee members will take a quick look at some of your pages, and if they do not grasp their attention immediately, you and your lofty dreams are toast (very very dry). A great diagram captures the essence of your ideas and designs, and presents it in a way that captivates and often inspires the viewer. Mastering the art of diagramming is essential and if you don’t do it, someone else will.