Summer Academy at the BAC is a four-week design exploration program providing high school students the opportunity to build fundamental architectural design skills through hands-on projects. For the month of July, the BAC studios in the Back Bay are home to high school students working closely and collaboratively with their studio leaders and fellow students addressing design problems across the spectrum of scales they might encounter in college design classes. Issues of structure, form, sustainability, beauty and utility in the built environment are all encountered as students are challenged to creatively solve architectural design problems. Projects in the studio include model building, full-scale prototyping, free-hand drawing, graphic collage, mapping, diagramming and photography.
Students are encouraged to experiment with new techniques and learn new skills while working both individually and in small group teams. New trends and important social and environmental design issues being addressed in the architecture professions both locally and internationally are explored through visits to design firms, presentations by studio leaders and local field trips where we delve into the built fabric of the city of Boston, visiting Boston's significant contemporary and historical architecture and landscape architecture.
Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need as well as through the Robert Houseman and the Richard Kirkham Fund. Forms are available to download from this page or we will be happy to send them to you. All required materials must be submitted to the BAC Professional and Continuing Education Department by the deadline. SCHOLARSHIP DEADLINE: March 15, 2013
Summer Academy Dwelling Projects in the BAC Gallery
At Summer Academy we explore design at many at many scales and experiment with different techniques and new skills in each project. Students also learn how to document their work to have a personal record as well as to begin to collect images for a portfolio of creative work that may be a supplementary or required part of college applications. Click for more
WEDNESDAY, May 8th
4:30 - 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, May 14th
4:30 - 5:30 PM
TUESDAY, May 21st
4:30 - 5:30 PM
Join us for one of our afternoon information sessions to learn more about the design projects, field trips and architectural problem-solving skills you'll gain working in the BAC studios this July. High school students interested in design and architecture and parents are welcome to our informal Q + A and presentation about the Summer Academy program. We will tour the BAC campus, including our summer studio space. Please call or e-mail to pre- register: 617.585.0101 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We will meet in the 1st floor meeting room in the BAC's 320 Newbury Street building.
Registration for Summer Academy 2013 is now open! Registration and Scholarship Application Forms can be downloaded from the top of this page or we are happy to send you hard copies of our brochure and forms. Please contact us at: email@example.com or 617-585-0101 with any questions.
The next Summer Academy Open House and Information Session will be held on Wednesday, April 17 at 1 PM If you would like to visit the BAC before then for a brief tour and overview of the Summer Academy program please call us at 617-585-0101 to schedule a visit.