BAC Selected to Receive NCARB Grant

Andy Miller, M.Arch Student in practice Meyer and Meyer Architects

Andy Miller, M.Arch Student in practice Meyer and Meyer Architects

©Boston Architectural College; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The BAC is one of six architecture programs named as recipients of the 2011 NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. With this grant, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards supports accredited architecture programs' efforts to create academic initiatives that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on architecture education in the academy with programs that strive for innovation in architecture education.

The globalization of the design fields is one of the most significant changes professionals have grappled with in the last ten years. With cross-cultural collaborations on the rise, two important questions loom. How do schools of design prepare students to participate in projects that span borders and cultures? How can firms cultivate their own expertise in negotiating the complexities and challenges that arise in international projects?

Len Charney, Head of Practice; Karen Nelson, Acting-Head of the School of Architecture, and Tina Blythe, Director of Faculty Development will lead the work to respond to these questions, carrying out interconnected enterprises: work with select design firms to develop case studies of collaborative global practice; create a semester-long, credit-bearing seminar Preparing for Collaborative Global Practice that will engage students in working with the firms to develop, analyze, and learn from case studies; and host an end-of-semester public symposium for the design community to discuss these case studies. The work will be published on the BAC website for use by other students, design schools, and firms that seek to deepen their understanding of collaborative global practice.

In developing the case studies and the semester-long seminar, an exchange will be created among firms, students, and faculty to generate a greater understanding of how to engage effectively in design initiatives that reach across borders. Through the symposium and the online case studies, an even broader discussion among practitioners will be inspired to engage students and faculty, at the BAC and beyond, about the complexities inherent in international design work and the skills needed to navigate those complexities effectively.

Scott C. Veazey AIA, NCARB President and Chair of the Board and Michael J. Armstrong, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, congratulated the team, "The Committee was especially impressed with the focus of your proposal and its effectiveness in integrating practice and education-specifically the way in which you propose to involve non-faculty architect practitioners in the education of future architects. "

The BAC thanks practitioners and firms supporting the proposal: Thomas Paine, Vice President, Ager Group; Robert Verrier, Managing Principal of The Architectural Team; Bryan Irwin, Sasaki; Stephen Johnson FAIA, Cannon Design; Joel Nordberg AIA, Stantec Architecture Inc.; Dennis Kaiser, Perkins + Will; Peter Steffian FAIA, NCARB, Steffian Bradley Architects.

2011 grant recipients include: Boston Architectural College - Collaborative Global Practice: Students and Professionals Learning Together; Lawrence Technological University - Public Interest Design Practices and Research Workshop; Portland State University - Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Research-Based Design; Tulane University - Field Studies to Inform Design for Healthy, High-Performance Buildings; Tuskegee University - Preservation Tenets, Technology, and Stewardship of the Historic Tuskegee Campus, and University of Miami- Writing in Architecture as a Professional Endeavour.