The Boston Architectural College is pleased to welcome applications for the 2016 Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning in partnership with MASS Design Group!
The initiative, rooted in public-interest design and civic engagement, reinforces the BAC's commitment to applied learning through collaborative partnerships that aim to benefit a broad network of stakeholders. The Fellowship will provide an opportunity for a cohort of BAC students to learn and practice - to develop new knowledge surrounding the principles of community-based design work and to put these principles in action through direct application in the workplace and in the field. Thee 2016 partnership between the BAC and MASS Design Group recognizes an alignment of values and a shared dedication to cultivate a cadre of designers, and a culture of design, empowered by empathy, dignity, and doing-good.
About the Fellowship
The Fellowship is generously supported by funding from the Cummings Foundation's OneWorld Boston initiative and through financial support by MASS Design Group. As Fellows, BAC students will have the unique opportunity to apply their design skills while gaining exposure to multiple phases of project delivery through a work/study program within MASS Design Group's Boston once. The Fellowship will fund four (4) BAC students to work on design, research, and advocacy projects with MASS Design Group's design teams and will support and strengthen this work through directed research initiatives here at the BAC. The 2016 Fellowship lasts from October 2016 to May 2017 and will require 20 hours of project-based work at MASS Design Group, approximately 10 hours of affiliated research, and 4 hours of weekly instruction and reflection at the BAC.
About MASS Design Group
MASS began in 2008 during the design and building of the Butaro Distric Hospital in Rwanda: a project of Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to a staff of 70 and works in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas. We do research and strategic planning. We write policy, advocate and educate, and we design and build.
We believe that architecture is a mechanism that projects its values far beyond a building's walls and into the lives of communities and people. To acknowledge that architecture has this kind of agency and power is to recognize that architects have expansive opportunities and obligations extending far beyond a narrow definition of professional service.
MASS was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to create a model of practice optimized to deliver maximum impact to our partners and the communities they serve.
For more information, please visit: massdesigngroup.org