Student Lecture Series

About the Student Lecture Series

Each spring and fall semester the student government sponsors a public lecture series that explores a pertinent theme in the practice of design. Guest speakers are carefully selected and come from around the world to share their unique expertise. The Student Lecture Series is one of many ways that the BAC remains at the forefront of design education. 

Spring 2019 Lectures

Student Lecture Series Fall 2016

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to present the Spring 2019 Student Lecture Series, with featured guest lecturers Christopher and Shawna Meyer, Zenovia Toloudi, Mabel O. Wilson, April de Simone and Katie Swenson, and Nalina Moses.

Past Student Lectures

Select a Semester:

Spring 2016 | Fall 2015 | Spring 2015 | Fall 2014 | Spring 2014 | Fall 2013 | Spring 2013
Fall 2012 | Spring 2012 | Fall 2011 | Spring 2011 | Fall 2010

Click links below to watch videos of past lectures online

Spring 2016

Anssi Lassila
Principal, Office of Peripheral Architecture
Of Things Small and Large
Tuesday, January 12

Ann Beha and Steven Gerrard
Founding Principal and Associate Principal, Ann Beha Architects
Rethinking, Renewing, Responding
Wednesday, February 17

Eva Franch i Gilabert
Chief Curator and Executive Director, Storefront for Art and Architecture
Wednesday, March 2

Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz
Principals, C&J Katz Studio
On Hyper-Eclecticism
Wednesday, March 9

Chris Reed
Principal, STOSS
Work - Life
Wednesday, April 6

Fall 2015

Mark Pasnik
Founding Principal, over,under
Form and Format
Tuesday, August 11

Daniel Overbey
Director of Sustainable Design Practices, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf
Can Zoological Facilities Be Sustainable?
Wednesday, August 12

David Walker
Partner, PWP Landscape Architecture
Landscape Infrastructure: Transformation of Urban Centers
Wednesday, September 23

Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg
Growing Objects
Wednesday, October 7

Florencia Rodriguez
Architect, Writer, and Founder of PLOT
Spread the Word: Theory and Territorialization of Latin American Architecture
Wednesday, October 21

Drew Seskunas
Co-Director, The Principals
Alive, on Earth
Wednesday, November 4

Spring 2015

Jean Carroon

Principal, Design, Preservation, and Sustainability, Goody Clancy
Build or Rebuild? Transformative Change
Wednesday, January 14

Jimenez Lai
Founder, Bureau Spectacular, Los Angeles
Rainbows, Clouds & You
Wednesday, February 11

Alexandra Lange
Architecture and Design Critic, Author
Apples & Oranges
Wednesday, March 11

Anupama Kundoo
Architect & Designer
Building Knowledge
Thursday, March 12

Diana Ramirez-Jasso
Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies, BAC
Design & Citizenship
Wednesday, April 8

Naomi Pollock
Architect and Writer
Japanese Design: Buildings to Bento Boxes
Wednesday, April 15

Fall 2014

Kyle Sturgeon
Director of Advanced Architecture Studios and Building Technology, Boston Architectural College
Discipline + Double Agency
Wednesday, October 8

Thomas Polucci
Senior Principal, Director, Interior Design, HOK
Ten Elements of Design
Wednesday, October 22

Claude Cormier
Principal, Claude Cormier + Associés Inc.
Happy Design: Current Projects
Wednesday, November 5

Rahul Mehrotra
Founding Principal, RMA, Mumbai + Boston
Working in Mumbai - The recent works of RMA Architects, India
Wednesday, November 12

Spring 2014

Jeanne Kopacz
Managing Principal, Allegro Interior Architecture
Color and Form: True Collaboration
Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Emily Grandstaff-Rice
Associate, Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc.
Design to Engage
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nicole Dosso
Director, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP*
Innovation of the World Trade Center
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

James Carpenter
Principal, James Carpenter Design Associates
Light in the Public Realm
Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bradley Samuels
Founding Partner, Situ Studio
Signal to Noise
Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Fall 2013

Francine Houben
Dutch Mountains: People, Place, Purpose

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Phil Freelon
Freelon Group
Recent Museum Projects - From Idea to Realization

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Luis Callejas
Director of LCLA OFFICE
Islands, Atolls and other Derivative Territories

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Dak Kopec
Director of Design for Human Health, Boston Architectural College
Environmental Psychology and Design

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Ken Smith
Landscape Architect
Larger Landscapes

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


Spring 2013

Paul Doherty
President and CEO, the digit group, inc.*
The Legacy of Design Technology

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Ian F. Taberner
BAC Director, M. Arch Thesis
(IN)scribe drawing - com(POSE) space
Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Karl Daubmann
Assoc. Prof. of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture, University of Michigan**
When How Becomes What
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Florian Idenburg
Principal, SO-IL
Focusing in the Fog
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Diana Balmori
Principal, Balmori Associates
A Landscape Manifesto
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Michael Jakob
Philosopher and Professor of Landscape Architecture
The History of Swiss Landscape Architecture
Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Fall 2012

Marilyn Moedinger
SOM Fellow, BAC Director, Instruction and Assessment in Practice
[75W-103E] Adventures in the Vernacular: Investigative Observations of Residential Climate Mediation

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Walter J Hood
Principal, Hood Design
Improvising within the Seams of Practice
Thursday, October 18, 2012

Valerie Fletcher
Executive Director, Institute for Human Centered Design
Designing for 21st Century Bodies and Brains
Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hilary Sample
Principal, MOS
Foreign Objects
Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Mason White
Partner, Lateral Office, Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Post-Natures: Architecture in an Expanded Field
Wednesday, November 14, 2012


Spring 2012

David Lewis
Founding Principal, Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL Architects)
May 1, 2012

Janice Barnes
Principal and Global Discipline Leader for Planning + Strategies, Perkins + Will
Transparency @ Work
April 25, 2012

Nette Compton
Director of Green Infrastructure, New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation
Green Infrastructure in NYC: Lessons Learned From Building in the Public Realm
April 18, 2012

Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks, & Sierra Bainbridge
MASS Design Group (MASS)
Towards an Architecture (of Impact)
April 10, 2012

Brendan MacFarlane
Founding Principal, Jakob + MacFarlane
Stories, Histories
March 29, 2012


Fall 2011

Eric Howeler
Howeler Yoon
Means + Methods

November 30, 2011

Stefan Boublil
The Apartment
The Considered Life

November 16, 2011

Matthias Hollwich
HWKN (Hollwich Kushner)
Re: Design (From Crowd Sourcing to a Revolution in Architecture)

November 2, 2011

Martha Schwartz
Martha Schwartz Partners
The Softer Side of Sustainability

October 18, 2011

Mark Klopfer + Kaki Martin
Klopfer Martin Design Group
Eponymous Practice

October 12, 2011 


Spring 2011

David Hacin
Hacin + Associates
The Incremental City: Building Neighborhoods, Pushing Boundaries
May 4, 2011

Craig Dykers
Principal, Snohetta
Snohetta Works
April 26, 2011

Susannah C. Drake
Principal, dlandstudio
Elastic Landscape: Seeding Ecology in Public Space & Urban Infrastructure
April 20, 2011

Stefan Behnisch and Thomas Auer
Behnisch Architekten and Transsolar
Integrated Design: Concept, Process, Realization
April 5, 2011

Aart Oxenaar
Director, Amsterdam Academy of Architecture
Educating Architects for a Transforming City
March 31, 2011 


Fall 2010

Hansy Better & Anthony Piermarini
Studio Luz, Boston
Social Encounters
November 17, 2010

Tim McCaul
Arup, Boston
Negotiated Practice
November 10, 2010

Bjarke Ingles
B.I.G Denmark
Yes is More
October 26, 2010

Peter Anderson & Mark Anderson
Anderson Anderson Architecture, San Francisco
Lip Service
October 20, 2010