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BAC Director Named to Board of the Institute for Human Centered Design

Denise Rush joins her first local Board of Directors

Denise Rush

Denise Rush. Photo by Allison Postlethwait

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce Denise Rush, ASID, IIDA, Director of Undergraduate Interior Architecture, has been named to the Board of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD). Based in Boston, IHCD is an international non-governmental educational organization (NGO) committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experience for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. The institute's work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered or universal design. While Denise currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), as well as the ASID Foundation, IHCD is her first local board position.

"I am honored to have been asked to serve on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Human Centered Design," said Denise, who hold a Master of Science in Nonprofit Management (MSNM). "Valerie Fletcher, the Executive Director of IHCD, was one the first people I met upon my arrival to Boston and I was immediately drawn to the work this NGO does." 

The BAC worked together with the Institute for Human Centered Design when the College adapted its 951 Boylston building years ago. As the College grew, it expanded its campus in 2007 with the purchase and renovation of a historic building at 951 Boylston Street. The Romanesque station house was constructed in 1887 and was the former home of the Mounted Division of the Boston Police Department. Then in 1976, the Institute of Contemporary Arts purchased the building and transformed it into gallery space. With the help of IHCD, the BAC further renovated the building, creating an assembly hall on the first floor and several floors of studios above. 

Denise has taken her interiors studio to the IHCD offices to learn about universal design education, and has also attended informative lectures at the institute. She looks forward to serving and offering her interior design expertise to its board.