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BAC Hosts First Annual Homecoming Day

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the College

Current and Past Atelier Student Government Members

Current and Past Atelier Student Government Members; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College was pleased to host its first annual Homecoming Day in honor of the 125th Anniversary of the College. Members of the BAC community gathered on Saturday, October 11 to reconnect on campus for a full day of events and together celebrate the history, evolution, and future of the BAC. Over one hundred guests were in attendance, including BAC Alumni, Trustees, Overseers, Faculty, Staff, and Student Leaders.

The day opened with two design lectures by BAC alumni: Water Management and Monitoring by John Gravelin, BDS '13, and Jim Newman, and Discovering Passive House by Declan Keefe, BArch ‘12. Both lectures discussed trending sustainable design practices and challenged attendees to think about innovative solutions to today's changing climate.

The day continued with a luncheon and a State of the College address. Acting President Julia Halevy charged alumni and the rest of the BAC community to connect and engage with each other to ensure another 125 prosperous years for the BAC.

"We have been entrusted with an institution that has grown and thrived over the past 125 years, and it is vital that we leave no effort untried in order to establish its further success," stated Julia Halevy. "As president, it is my job - and my privilege - to give voice to the wonderful college we have become, an institution of higher learning that educates students to join the ranks of their professions with great skill, knowledge and understanding and one that holds intellectual vision as well. The BAC represents the enactment of change, and it leads in this regard as an exemplar of the finest school of the 21st century."

In the afternoon, guests enjoyed open houses throughout the campus, a walking tour of the Back Bay, a presentation by Don Brown on Designed in Boston - a book dedicated to the history of the BAC, and the opening reception of Convergence: 125 Exhibition in McCormick Gallery, featuring the work of BAC alumni.

Homecoming day concluded with a cocktail reception and three-course dinner at the Harvard Club. The night was filled with the reconnecting of old friends, sharing of stories, laughter, and the creation of wood-block centerpieces at each table.

The 2014 BAC Alumni Awards were announced at the conclusion of dinner. Alumni had the opportunity to vote for the recipient of each award throughout the day. Arlen Stawasz, BArch'13, received the Emerging Designer Award, Stephen Messinger, MArch '11, received the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award, Felice Silverman, ‘92, MID '14, received the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award, and Marc Pelletier, Chair of the BAC Board of Trustees, was presented the Selfless Labor Award. The awards featured the new BAC seal and were designed and created by the BAC's information Technology Services Department utilizing the BAC's own 3D printing technology.

The celebration of the 125th year of the College was kicked-off in October 2013 with the Green Alley ribbon cutting celebration and continued with a series of events, including AD 20/21 and Parti, and culminated with the 2014 Homecoming Event.