CityLab Intensive immerses all incoming undergraduate and graduate students in a series of field-based exercises centered on the exploration of systems, structures, places, and populations that make up the city of Boston. Interdisciplinary student teams work alongside instructors and practitioners to analyze five critical urban lenses: human comfort, mobility/ circulation, open space systems, built form/development patterns, and social/ cultural systems. As an introduction to the BAC concurrent education experience, students develop a strong sense of curiosity, discovery, and appreciation for learning outside the classroom in an applied manner where collaboration and communication are essential.
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Check out the photos our distance students shared during their intensive week in Boston More »
The ability to create has always existed, but with new tools come new possibilities. Emerging technologies are creating new spaces for design to happen, enabling designers to imagine and fashion individualized objects, from bracelets to kinetic surfaces that behave differently according to their environment. Engaged Body presents a range of work that allows us to travel to new places, to experience environments on a different scale, and to display style like never before....more.
Samuel Hammer, School of Design Studies, to travel to Sri Lanka More »
Eleni Glekas, Preservationist and Urban Planner, takes on new role within School of Design Studies More »
Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, has been selected to lead the Boston Architectural College More »
Dana C. Rowan takes on the leadership of the Board More »
Denise Rush to join the American Society of Interior Designers’ 2016 Board of Directors More »
Kim McCarthy, MDS ’14 wins 2nd Place in the Temporary Structures Concept Category for her BAC Capstone Project, Resilient Crisis Cube More »
The School of Design Studies at the Boston Architectural College offers undergraduate and graduate design studies degrees in a range of subjects including historic preservation, sustainable design, architectural technology, and design computing. Our design studies degree programs give students the opportunity to explore design as a method for critical thinking, problem solving, and innovation. Choosing from a range of program options, students craft learning experiences that are tailored to match their education and career goals. Design Studies graduates enter the workplace in a variety of occupations, including emerging and specialized design fields.
The Boston Architectural College (BAC) is an independent spatial design college offering professional and accredited graduate and undergraduate degrees in architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies. The core of the BAC experience is a unique learning model where design education happens in the classroom and in the professional workplace simultaneously. Students work in some 300 design firms while attending their classes and studios onsite or online, earning credit and gaining experience in both settings.
Founded in 1889 as a club for practicing architects, the BAC has remained closely tied to Boston's professional design community throughout its history. Students are taught, mentored, and advised by over 400 practicing professionals, strengthening the connection between workplace experience and classroom learning. BAC graduates are accomplished designers with impressive resumes, portfolios, and professional networks.
BAC students and faculty traveled to Medellín, Colombia for 10 days in August, 2015 to participate in a studio on social urbanism in collaboration with the Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana. The travel intensive will be followed by a studio on campus during the Fall 2015 semester.
Photo by Tom Klein