The Boston Architectural College’s Board of Trustees has named Mahesh Daas, M. Arch, Ed.D., as the College’s eighth president. “I am honored to be chosen as the next BAC president, and to further propel our proven practice-based education of the designers, developers, and builders of the world’s built environment.... Through our collective teamwork, I am confident we will continue the strong vision of building upon the strengths of this venerable institution," stated President-elect Daas.


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June 19, 2019

A message from Judy Nitsch, Chair, Presidential Search Committee, and Vice Chair, BAC Board of Trustees

Judy Nitsch

Dear BAC Students, Alumni, Faculty, Staff, Administration, Trustees, and Overseers:

I am pleased to announce that Mahesh Daas, M. Arch, Ed.D., will be joining our BAC community as the College's eighth president on July 12, 2019.

Mahesh is a designer, a technologist with expertise in robotics, and an experienced academic leader with a career spanning 23 years at four universities including 14 years in higher education leadership roles. Most recently, he served as dean of the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence.

In 2011, Mahesh was elevated as an Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture Distinguished Professor, the highest national recognition for an architectural educator. He has received recognition for contributions to design computing with the 2013 Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Society Award of Excellence. ACADIA elected him twice as its president and he served on the editorial board of the International Journal of Architectural Computing and currently serves on the editorial board of Construction Robotics Journal.

As an admired teacher, speaker, and author, Mahesh brings highly collaborative and inclusive leadership skills to the BAC community. He earned a bachelor's degree in architecture from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad, India; a master's degree in urban design from Kansas State University; and an executive doctorate in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania. Mahesh is also the author of Leading with Aesthetics: The Transformational Leadership of President Charles M. Vest at M.I.T. (Lexington Books, 2015 & 2019) and Towards a Robotic Architecture (Oro Editions 2018).

From the very beginning of this search, a crucial component has been engaging with the BAC community to hear what you wanted and needed in a leader. As a result, we were able to attract a deep, diverse, and talented pool of candidates. You were a vital component to this process in helping to shape the future of the BAC.

Along with Mahesh's vision of building upon the strengths of the BAC, his life and educational experiences as a first-generation student and immigrant resonate with many of our BAC students. We are thrilled to be able to share this short video introduction with you!

As he prepares to assume his new role, you can look forward to many opportunities to engage and welcome Mahesh to our BAC community.

Thank you for your support in this process - especially to the Search Committee for their efforts - and I look forward to an exciting future.

Warm regards,

Judy Nitsch, PE, Hon. BSA
jnitsch@nitscheng.com

About the Search

The Boston Architectural College is performing a national search for a successor to President Glen LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, who announced his retirement at the end of this academic year. The BAC is collaborating with Spencer Stuart, a national executive search firm with expertise in higher education.

The Board of Trustees has appointed 12 members to serve on the Presidential Search Committee. Chaired by Judith Nitsch, Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, the committee is comprised of a cross-section of the BAC community, including governance, faculty, alumni, and the student body.

The search committee will work closely with the Spencer Stuart team. Members of the BAC community have opportunities to share input, through a variety of methods, ensuring this process incorporates multiple viewpoints. BAC community members are encouraged to share confidential feedback and nominations directly with Spencer Stuart.