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The BAC announces $100,000 Grant from the Barr Foundation

One-year grant to support Strategic Planning for the College

Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street

Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street

© Boston Architectural College; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce a one-year grant from the Barr Foundation in the amount of $100,000 to support Strategic Planning for the College.

"The BAC has for 125 years provided pro bono design service throughout New England and elsewhere, to support innovative design, urban sustainability, health and well-being, historic preservation and outreach to diverse underserved communities. This strategic planning process grant from the Barr Foundation will enable us to examine best practices in design education and to determine how we can extend our community services-based design learning into the future." stated President Ted Landsmark

BAC students learn in practice, working with real clients on meaningful projects involving sustainability, health and well-being, historic preservation, innovative technologies, landscape and interior architecture, and community development. The BAC's Gateway Initiative is an experiential learning opportunity that has provided over 1300 students to partner with over 100 community partners: non-profits, neighborhood groups, municipal and community organizations. The College continuously seeks new partners and input.

The Barr Foundation's support of the Boston Architectural College's model of learning design in practice permits the College to examine how it can expand resources to support an innovative learning model. The BAC has become one of only several design schools in the United States offering truly inter-disciplinary practice based learning opportunities for aspiring professionals.


About the Barr Foundation

The Boston-based Barr Foundation is focused on providing quality education, mitigating climate change, and enhancing cultural vitality. Barr's education and arts investments are focused on Boston. Its climate work includes statewide, regional, and some national investments. Since 2010, the foundation has also developed a portfolio of investments in sub-Saharan Africa, Haiti, and India, with a focus on improving livelihoods, health, environment, and education, predominantly in rural areas. www.barrfoundation.org