Established in 2007, the BAC's low-residency Master of Architecture track allows students to study from anywhere while maintaining full-time professional employment through a combination of online and face-to-face learning experiences. The program leads to the BAC's Master of Architecture degree, which is accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board (NAAB).
Intensive Week Lectures
Public lectures presented by the Distance M.Arch program
Monday, January 14, 2013
Cascieri Hall, 6:00PM
Unmodern: Unnecessary Complicatedness and Contradiction in Contemporary Architecture
Matthew Bronski, PE is an engineer at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger in Waltham where he investigates building envelope failures in historic and new buildings. Kiel Moe, AIA is an architect and assistant professor at Harvard GSD, and author of a forthcoming book entitled The Architecture of Un-tempered Environments.
Bronski and Moe question the 20th century tendency of ever-increasing complexity in systems design. They present "avant guard vernacular" alternatives for creating lower tech, high performance systems in contemporary architecture.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
951 Boylston 1st floor Meeting Room, 5:15PM
Adventures in the Vernacular
Marilyn Moedinger is BAC Director of Instruction and Assessment in Practice and a former SOM Fellow. She recently traveled to five continents as part of a research project funded by the 2010 SOM Prize in Architecture, Design, and Urban Design.
She researched climate mediation strategies in vernacular residential architecture in an effort to discern the tipping point between climate and culture, in a series of interconnected sites along a line of longitude.
Her work employed both quantitative and qualitative analysis, ultimately hybridizing the two into multi-layered, graphical evidence of field investigation and post-field processing, presenting tangible evidence, and a re-imagined understanding, of the architectural inquiry process.
Her talk will present her observations and analysis conducted in Mongolia, Vietnam, Peru, Australia, Malaysia, Switzerland, and Jamaica.