The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the success of its second annual Homecoming Weekend. BAC alumni, trustees, overseers, faculty, staff, student leaders, and friends gathered to reconnect and celebrate the history, evolution, and future of the BAC. The festivities kicked off on Friday, October 9 with the Presidential Investiture of Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, as the seventh president of the BAC and continued on Saturday, October 10 with a day filled with events on campus.
Friday's Presidential Investiture of Glen LeRoy attracted more than 200 guests, who all came together at The Harvard Club of Boston to celebrate the College's next chapter, which will be led by LeRoy. Learn more.
Saturday opened with the launch of CityLab Pro, a hands-on walking workshop modeled after the current BAC foundation-year CityLab Intensive. BAC alumni, faculty and students explored the city of Boston on a beautiful fall morning while learning the techniques of field sketching and mental mapping as ways of highlighting key elements of urban transformation and design stewardship.
One of the highlights of the day was a conversation over lunch featuring 2015 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National President Elizabeth Chu Richter, FAIA, and President Glen LeRoy entitled The Future of Design Education and the Intersection of Practice and the Academy. Karen Nelson, dean of the School of Architecture, moderated the discussion and attendees had the opportunity to earn two AIA learning units.
In the afternoon, guests enjoyed a mock trial featuring an impressive cast of characters. It included President Glen LeRoy; Hon. John M. Xifaras, retired associate justice of the Massachusetts Superior Court; Eric Howard and Ken Walton, principals at Boston law firm Donovan Hatem; Len Charney, dean of Practice; as well as BAC alumni, faculty, and staff. The mock trial, titled Where Was Chicken Little When Daphne Diligent Needed Him? An Architect's Lament was an innovative and fun way for attendees to earn four HSW learning units.
Saturday concluded with a cocktail reception and three-course dinner at the Algonquin Club, located on Commonwealth Avenue, just a few blocks from the BAC's campus. The night was filled with the reconnecting of old friends, sharing of stories, laughter, and the announcement of the 2015 BAC Alumni Awards.
Lian Davis, BDS '09, M.Arch '11, received the Emerging Designer Award; Michelle Stadelman, M.Arch '10, received the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award; Monte French, B.Arch '06, received the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award; and Russ Feldman, Overseer Emeritus and former chair of the Board of Trustees, was presented with the Selfless Labor Award. The awards featured the BAC seal and were designed and created by the BAC's CODER Lab using the College's own 3D printing technology.
Last year, the BAC rounded out the celebration of the 125th year of the College with the launch of the first-ever Homecoming. After another successful year, Homecoming is becoming a BAC tradition that alumni and friends look forward to and value as an opportunity to reconnect with their peers and personal BAC experiences.