James Brown, a Bachelor of Design Studies student studying Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design, recently went on a trip to Japan to explore traditional Japanese houses known as Minka. James was in Japan for 6 weeks in the summer of 2014 traveling to a new region each week totaling in the visit of 22 prefectures, 15 castles, and over 150 temples. Through the study of different regional cultures and climates, he set out to discover what made each minka unique. Upon return, he presented his research to his Historic Preservation Philosophy and Practice Class at the BAC and earned 300 BDS Practicum hours.
Photo: Village of Shirakawa, famous for their Minka; Photo Courtesy James Brown
Reaching back to the archives, and reaching out to recent alumni, Convergence - the coming together in time and place - honors the work of BAC alumni from the past 125 years. Different disciplines, continents, scales, and modes of production are reflected in this exhibition, embracing a range of pursuits that include work in Rwanda to build capacity for advanced construction methods and a resilience plan for Boston as sea levels continue to rise. Our alumni shape cities from neighborhoods in Cambridge and along the Boston waterfront to public spaces in New York and abroad, produce art clearly evolving from a design education.
Convergence: 125 is now on display in McCormick Gallery. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
Photo: Convergence: 125 Opening Reception at the BAC Homecoming on October 11, 2014
Friends and alumni of the Boston Architectural College came together at the BAC's alumni reception at this year's ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX), held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center on October 29, 2014. ABX is one of the largest events for the design and construction industry in the country, and the largest regional conference and tradeshow.
The BAC's reception at ABX was an opportunity for alumni to reconnect and network with faculty, staff, students and other members of the BAC community. Alumni reminisced about their time at the BAC, and shared how their experience at the BAC shaped their careers.
BAC's Maria Bellalta served as visiting faculty member at UPB More »
Three-year cultural exchange made possible by grant from the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad More »
Director of Historic Preservation shares his expertise in new book More »
Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Practice, and Distinguished Alumni in Service Awards Presented at Inaugural Homecoming More »
Three-year cultural exchange More »
The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the BAC Design Studies program has welcomed the first cohort of exchange students and faculty from the National College of Arts (NCA)-Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The two Pakistani students and faculty member, Ali Ahmed Shah, arrived on campus on October 11, 2014, signifying the first stage of a three-year partnership made possible by a grant from the Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy, Islamabad, Pakistan.
The grant was awarded to the BAC and the Historic Preservation program to develop the historic preservation curriculum at NCA-Rawalpindi. Since arriving, Ali Ahmed Shah and his students have visited several local architect favorites, like the Fairbanks House in Dedham, MA and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. At the end of the three-year grant period, the BAC and NCA-Rawalpindi hope to have started to build positive, concrete outcomes from this partnership that have a long-term viable impact on both schools and their communities...more
Photo: Robert Ogle, BAC Director of Historic Preservation and Ali Ahmed Shah, architecture faculty member at NCA-Rawalpindi, Pakistan on the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston, MA
The Boston Architectural College is pleased to share the success of the BAC Fashion Show student team at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) New England Fashion Show Benefit Gala on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. The BAC's collection, GreeNouveau, was an expression of this year's theme: Adaptation, how will you respond?
In an innovative exhibition of fashion and design, firms and design schools throughout New England took their latest styles to the runway to model a variety of fabrics and materials by industry partners. The BAC's team partnered with Armstrong Flooring to transform donated flooring materials into high fashion design for the runway, modeled by BAC students Hannah Smith, Bachelor of Interior Architecture, and Andrea Elia, Master of Architecture. The BAC's team design conveyed sustainability and adapting to the evolving climate...more
Skye Sturm is a Master of Architecture candidate at the BAC. Through the Distance Master of Architecture program, Skye studies at the BAC from Alaska where she lives and works at Design Alaska, an architecture and engineering firm in Fairbanks.
Skye chose to pursue her Master of Architecture through the BAC's Distance Track because she wanted her thesis to focus on rural communities in her home state. Since there is no architecture school in Alaska, the BAC's program allowed Skye to work and study in the place she is most passionate about, while providing an exciting urban perspective to a rural-focused thesis. As a student at the BAC, Skye has effectively applied ideas from her thesis to a design-build project she recently implemented with local students in Barrow, Alaska...more
Join us for an exploration of the interior architecture profession, participate in a studio class, and learn more about design education at the BAC. More »
All BAC students currently enrolled in classes are invited to Food for Finals! More »
All BAC students are invited to the Loft for Food for Finals on Saturday, November 22, 2014. More »
All BAC students are invited to the Loft for Food for Finals on Sunday November 23, 2014. More »