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About the BAC

About the BAC

We're nonprofit and independent

The BAC is the largest independent college of spatial design in New England. Architecture and design is all we do, so the people who come to study, teach, and work here are crazy about design. All of our professional degrees are accredited so you can earn your architectural licensure or interior design certification after graduation.

We've been around for more than 125 years

The Boston Architectural College began as a professional club in 1889. In the 1940s, the curriculum was modernized to emphasize history, theory, materials, and methods. In 1971, we became the first accredited architecture program with a work component in the US. Since then, we've introduced pioneering programs in interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies.

BAC students make things

One of the biggest reasons BAC students are drawn to architecture and design is that they are naturally creative and constructive. BAC students are always drawing, building, and tinkering. Whether digital or physical, you will be imagining things and bringing your ideas to life.

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90% of current students are employed, making an average salary of $35,000

BAC students get to work

We go way beyond the internship at the BAC. Our students strive to work full time while they study, developing their careers ahead of graduation. You learn from experienced colleagues and take advantage of the resources at your firm. You build a professional reputation and contribute to real world projects. When you graduate, you'll know what you want to pursue and how to get there.

Our faculty practice what they teach

The faculty and instructors at the BAC are practicing professionals, working in Boston and connected to the design community. They know what's happening in the field and what employers are looking for when they hire.

Boston is our campus

The BAC is right in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay. Boston is one of the youngest, most innovative cities in the US—you can walk everywhere, and it's packed with architecture, museums, music venues, restaurants, colleges and universities, and public green spaces. Boston is a leader in education, biotechnology, and renewable energy and home to major international architectural firms. It's an ideal place to study architecture and design.

Great things near the BAC in Boston

BAC Demographics

We're accessible, so our students are diverse

Part of our mission is to make the traditionally exclusive field of architecture more diverse. We are committed to a policy of open admission and accept applications on a rolling basis. Our student body includes a large population of first-generation college students, international students, and minority groups.


The BAC provides excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities.


To be the recognized leader in the education of design professionals, connecting theory and practice and engaging educators, practitioners, allied professions, and the public.

Diversity Statement

The Boston Architectural College is committed to promoting a community that celebrates, affirms, and vigorously pursues inclusiveness in all its forms.

Excellent design integrates diverse skills and problem solving approaches to meeting client needs. Combining divergent ways of thinking, non-traditional approaches to solving problems, multi-cultural awareness, sensitivity to the needs of persons who may be different from ourselves, tolerance of ideas we may not initially understand, and openness to new ways of addressing needs is essential to achieving thoughtful, creative, innovative and client-centered design. Through multiple design disciplines, and through our insistence on learning from diverse ways of approaching design solutions, the Boston Architectural College expresses its fundamental commitment to being an open and welcoming community. We strive to effectively serve diverse clients in a multi-cultural world.

As the largest independent, multi-disciplinary college of spatial design in the United States, the Boston Architectural College (BAC) has opportunities to influence the future viability of the design professions. Sustainable design professions require diversity and inclusivity in their approaches to serving clients. The BAC strives to increase diversity among those who study, work, teach and practice Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and a wide range of allied fields.

The BAC's diversity vision is to be a vibrant, inclusive learning community where all members are respected, welcomed and enabled to thrive. As this vision is realized, the College will reflect diversity in its student body, faculty, curriculum, Practice learning, and in the ways that we teach and learn.


The Boston Architectural College's audited financial statements are available upon request from Mark Virello, vice president of Finance and Administration.

The Boston Architectural College's publications are available upon request from Kenneth Lemanski, vice president of Institutional Advancement.