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BAC Announces 125th Anniversary

College plans year-long celebration to honor the College and its remarkable history

Boston Architectural College Seal

Illustration by Steven Noble

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that December 2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the College. Throughout the coming year, the BAC will host a spectrum of events and initiatives, beginning with the ribbon cutting for the centerpiece of the College's Urban Sustainability Initiative, the Green Alley, on October 18, and culminating in December 2014 with a signature birthday event to celebrate the College and its remarkable history.

"The BAC's vitality and contributions radiate through our city's neighborhoods and beyond—to build a better world, around the world, through design," announced President Ted Landsmark in a message to the BAC Community. "The BAC is the only professional school in the US offering concurrent design education—an approach that is also the best possible way to adapt to the changes 125 years can bring. Today, our graduates demonstrate a higher level of technical accomplishment than ever before. They bring a keen awareness of diverse community and client needs on many levels to each challenge."

As teaching and learning at the BAC has evolved throughout the past 125 years, BAC students now earn degrees in landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable design, historic preservation, and, soon, design for human health, in addition to architecture. With heavier emphasis on design management, entrepreneurship, writing and presentation, collaboration, sustainability, digital graphic design, and direct service to real clients, BAC students are uniquely equipped solve complex problems through design.

In conjunction with the 125th Anniversary, the BAC is launching a new College seal that mirrors the College's long-standing commitments to community service and practice-based learning. The illustration in the center of the new College seal is based on Dean Arcangelo Cascieri's limestone sculpture "Insect Life" that is best known within the BAC community, with affection, as "Selfless Labor." This image has been embraced over time by BAC alumni and has become ever more relevant today. The central element for the seal is an illustration by Steven Noble, who worked collaboratively with Selbert Perkins Design; both are internationally recognized for their work.