Fall 2016 Student Lecture Series: Erin Kim

Boston's Failed Olympic Bid

Calatrava's Abandoned Athens Olympic Sports Complex
  • 11/16/2016

  • 6 PM  - 7 PM

  • Cascieri Hall
    Boston Architectural College
    320 Newbury Street, Boston

  • communications@the-bac.edu

  • Free and open to the public

  • Design Community, Alumni, Students, Lectures

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Boston's Failed Olympic Bid, a public lecture by Erin Kim, B.Arch '15, on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.


Boston's short-lived run for the 2024 Olympics highlighted issues that have plagued past host cities. Erin traveled to Athens, Barcelona, and London to learn from the successes and failures of each. Specifically, she studied how the buildings and parks were planned and adapted for future use, how the infrastructure affected the perceived legacy of the games, and impact on the local communities.

Erin Kim is a recent graduate of the BAC and a designer at Garofalo Design Associates, a firm specializing in public work for housing authorities, municipalities, and schools. As a BAC student, Erin was active within the community, specifically through the Gateway program. She worked on three gateway projects: ImprovBoston, Transition House, and a steel design competition for the ACSA-AISC Student Design competition.

Erin was the 2015 winner of The John Worthington Ames Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to a BAC student to pursue personal development through an educational travel experience related to architecture and design. It was established in 1955 by Mrs. John Worthington Ames in memory of her husband, a distinguished Boston architect and dedicated supporter of the BAC. The scholarship has provided access to BAC students to expand their studies across the globe as well as the opportunity to enrich the BAC community by reporting on their findings after their travels.

London's Legacy Plan: Transformation After the Games

London's Legacy Plan: Transformation After the Games. Courtesy of London Legacy Development Corporation.

Calatrava's Abandoned Athens Olympic Sports Complex

Calatrava's Abandoned Athens Olympic Sports Complex. Photo by Erin Kim.

Calatrava's Abandoned Athens Olympic Sports Complex

Calatrava's Abandoned Athens Olympic Sports Complex. Photo by Erin Kim.