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BAC Faculty Named LAF Research Fellows

Maria Bellalta, Head of Landscape Architecture, and Aidan Acker, Adjunct Faculty of Landscape Architecture

Maria Bellalta, BAC Head of Landscape Architecture

Maria Bellalta, BAC Head of Landscape Architecture

©Boston Architectural College; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Maria Bellalta, Head of the School of Landscape Architecture, and Aidan Acker, Adjunct Faculty of Landscape Architecture, were named two of nine faculty Research Fellows selected by the Landscape Architecture Foundation (LAF) for the 2013 Case Study Investigation (CSI) program. Maria and Aidan will be working with Master of Landscape Architecture candidate, Jaryd McGonagle.

CSI is a unique research collaboration that matches LAF-funded faculty and student research teams with design firms to document the benefits of exemplary high-performing landscape projects as Landscape Performance Series Case Study Briefs. Faculty selected as Research Fellows receive an honorarium and funding to support a student research assistant. More than 50 researchers and firms across the country submitted applications for this year.

The complete list of 2013 LAF Research Fellows includes: Maria Bellalta, Boston Architectural College; Aidan Acker, Boston Architectural College; M. Elen Deming, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Jinki Kim, PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; G. Mathias Kondolf, PhD, University of California, Berkeley; Mary Pat Mattson, Illinois Institute of Technology; Taner R. Ozdil, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington; Roxi Thoren, University of Oregon; Bo Yang, PhD, Utah State University.

Maria joined the Boston Architectural College as Head of the School of Landscape Architecture in Fall of 2011. Maria was formerly Design Director with Martha Swartz Partners, and her professional background also includes practice with Sasaki Associates and Copley Wolff Design Group. She has worked on planning and urban design projects throughout the United States and the Middle East, with an emphasis on urban ecology and new urban landscapes. She received her Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame. Maria has taught at Harvard and at the Boston Architectural College, and has lectured at the Pontifica Universidad Católica de Chile.

The BAC's School of Landscape Architecture offers Master and Bachelor Degrees distinguished by a global and urban approach to contemporary design. The curricula are highly interdisciplinary and crossed with concurrent practice elements. The balanced mixture provides the MLA and BLA programs with a solid framework to explore the interrelated components of a meaningful design language, while mastering the intrinsic conditions specific to the study, research, and professional practice of Landscape Architecture.