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Gateway Initiative

China Pearl Restaraunt, Yosuke Urabe, M.Arch; Gateway Project Spring 2012

Get Involved

Partnerships with local organizations provide service to the community and experiential learning opportunities for students. To learn more about teaching, learning, or partnering, contact practice@the-bac.edu.

Welcome to Gateway!

What is Gateway?

Since 2008, the Gateway program has served nearly 600 students and nearly 80 different local non-profits and neighborhood groups; it is a true learning laboratory, where students are actively engaged in applied, project-based learning, interacting with and serving community clients, and participating comprehensively in a wide variety of projects. Gateway projects give students an opportunity to earn Practice hours while bolstering their portfolios, serving their communities, increasing their technical and professional skills, engaging in cross-disciplinary work, and providing a venue to network with other students, faculty, and community members. Gateway projects are not intended to entirely replace the ways in which students have traditionally earned Practice hours - by working in design firms and related fields - but can serve as alternative options while students search for traditional employment in a design firm. Students who have participated in Gateway projects have consistently cited it as one of the most important, and powerful, aspects of their education at the BAC.

Each semester, the Practice Department advertises and offers a variety of projects for students to become involved with. The Practice Department holds an Open House at the beginning of each semester, where students can come and learn about the Gateway offerings for that semester. Students then apply, and, if accepted to the program, begin work on a project with their team, instructor, and community client!

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