Originally Posted by CorporateWhore
You're right in that presentations are and should be a big deal for architects, and graphic design training can only help. However, it still doesn't change the fact that a lot of current architects are just not very good at it, just like I'd be terrible at architecture if I took only a few courses.
I think it runs the continuum - those firms that treat design as being important don't overlook the minutiae of the project, including graphics.
While that doesn't necessarily mean that Marc or Jeremy are doing the graphics themselves, chances are an intern architect is (at least for those firms...and probably Housebrand, and Orda as well).
There are crappy graphics, but a lot of times those are for crappy projects. The boards for the edmonton park pavillions, a national, anonymous competition last spring, looked fantastic...I'd bet that the architects are pretty heavily involved in something like that...
check out BIG, a danish firm, that are the current darlings of the architectural world - they've been winning international competitions all over the world of late. Don't know if it is a 'true' graphic designer involved, but their presentations are sweet.