The Boston Architectural College, Bachelor of Architecture Candidate
San Antonio College, Two-year Architecture Program
Robert R. Ortiz, Assoc. AIA joined the Boston Architectural College in fall of 2009 as a transfer student from San Antonio College in Texas. He was drawn to the BAC's concurrent education model, which would allow him to study architecture in the classroom while simultaneously gaining real world experience working in a firm. Robert was also attracted to the rich cultural and ethnic diversity that influences Boston's unique architectural landscape and supports learning at the BAC.
Before studying design, Robert had a career as an insurance agent. Despite his growing success, he realized that the insurance industry would not support his long-term professional goals. Robert had always been interested in architecture - building with LEGOS® as a child, taking design classes in high school, reading Architectural Record as an adult - and saw potential for his interest to develop into a lifelong profession. He began his architectural studies at San Antonio College, but encountered challenges in balancing the course schedule with his job at an architecture firm. Robert sought a curriculum that would prioritize fieldwork alongside coursework.
In the Bachelor of Architecture program at the BAC, Robert takes classes and works full-time at HDR Architecture, and earns credit for both his classroom and field experience. He served as a Student Representative on Atelier (BAC's Student Government) and is a member of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), and leads by example to actively support the student community. Robert has participated in a multitude of activities at the BAC, including the Strategic Planning Board Retreat, Landscape Architecture canoe trip, AD2021 fundraiser, and Change Order: Futures of Design Learning, and is thoroughly engaged in the life and culture of the Institution.
As he looks to the past and future, Robert appreciates the business mindset he developed in his first career as a tool for success in the profession of architecture, as well as the importance of travel in his architectural education. He would like to immerse himself in an unfamiliar design culture, such as Japan or Denmark, to further challenge and build his skills as a designer.