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    Boston Architectural College Recipient of OneWorld Boston Grant to establish Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship

    Fellowship created to establish an honors program in civic engagement and service learning within the BAC’s Gateway to Practice Initiative.

    The Boston Architectural College is proud to announce that the College has been selected by the OneWorld Boston Grant Program, a Cummings Foundation Affiliate, to receive a $100,000 grant over the course of two years to establish the Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship. The Fellowship will pay tribute to the remarkable design leadership career of Ada Louise Huxtable, Pulitzer Prize winning architectural critic, by establishing an honors program in civic engagement and service learning within the BAC's Gateway to Practice Initiative. Ms Huxtable's passion for effective design, persuasive critical analysis, and uncompromisingly high standards have, in the words of Ted Landsmark, President of the Boston Architectural College, "inspired the general public and design practitioners to understand the importance of good design as it improves the joy and experience of the spaces within which we live, work and play. Her voice has transcended formalism and consistently brought attention to how design can address the needs of real people in varying cultural contexts."

    The Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship will reward four exceptional students each year, with scholarships to promote design leadership in community service. These funds will provide critical instructional support to the College's Gateway to Practice Initiative, a program which provides pro bono design services to non-profits and municipal agencies throughout the greater Boston area. Each Fellow will receive a scholarship, equally split between the two semesters. Assigned to key Gateway teams, Fellows will offer critical mentorship, leadership, and technical instruction to less knowledgeable students. They will work closely with faculty, organize student and faculty workshops for the Boston Architectural College learning community, and make formal presentations that are recorded, published, and made available on the College's website. Additionally, Ada Louise Huxtable Fellows will have the opportunity to obtain advanced monthly instruction from leaders and experts in Boston's design community.

    The Boston Architectural College will use this fellowship to enhance and define the education of future design practitioners across multiple disciplines by developing and implementing evidentiary metrics for critically assessing how comprehensive and client-based strategies can inform the process for improving the built environment.

    OneWorld Boston, Inc., the new grant making affiliate of Cummings Foundation, Inc., supports charitable organizations serving eastern Middlesex, southern Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts. Established and funded by Joyce and Bill Cummings in 1986, Cummings Foundation is a private operating foundation based in Woburn, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England. Learn more at

    The Boston Architectural College is a dynamic institution on the leading edge of design education. Located in the heart of Boston's historic Back Bay, the BAC is an independent college of spatial design, founded in 1889. With over 1000 degree program students, the BAC offers accredited undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Design Studies. The BAC provides excellence in design education emerging from practice and accessible to diverse communities. BAC Professional & Continuing Education offers classes and certificate programs for design professionals and for those who wish to explore design, renew skills or increase expertise. The Landscape Institute and the Sustainable Design Institute bring together faculty and students interested in conducting research and learning on subjects of intense interest. DesignIntelligence has recognized the BAC for providing World-class Programs with High Distinction. The BAC's central location and its strong links with the design community make it a strategic educational center for the discussion of design issues.