BAC Instructor Named “40 Under 40”

Blake Jackson recognized by Building Design + Construction Magazine for work in sustainability

Blake Jackson

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BAC Instructor Blake Jackson, AIA, NCARB, LEED Faculty, recently earned recognition as one of the top "40 under 40" architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals for 2015 by Building Design + Construction Magazine. The list represents the emerging leaders in the AEC industry who are making an impact, honoring Blake for his work in sustainability.

"There are so many talented ‘under 40' AEC professionals with immense skill and passion across the country, so to be recognized is truly a huge honor," said Blake. "To be a standout amongst this bright talent pool is assurance that my work to this point has had an impact and purpose, and at the same time, it is a motivator to continue striving to accomplish even greater feats."

Blake is honored for his work and accomplishments as sustainability director at Tsoi / Kobus & Associates. His unique role as a dedicated sustainability professional within an architectural practice is to integrate sustainable design principles throughout all client work, as well as the company internally and the broader community. While sustainability must be successfully weaved through all of Tsoi / Kobus's projects, it is also important to run the firm itself in a socially and environmentally sensitive manner and encourage staff and clientele to be stewards and advocates of sustainable lifestyles.

While there are many moving parts to Blake's life, his goal is to successfully corral each of these separate initiatives into a single, focused effort. At Tsoi / Kobus, he divides his time between project design, proposal writing, office education, corporate responsibility, LEED administration, marketing, and outside initiatives within the architectural and business communities. At any given time, Blake is working on multiple conferences and LEED projects at various phases of completion while also managing his role as the co-chair of Boston Society of Architects's Committee on the Environment and as an educator.

Blake has been affiliated with the BAC since 2013, when he joined as an adjunct faculty member with the Gateway Program. He brought his passion for sustainability to the College, co-organizing two semesters of the BAC's Campus Climate Action Plan, a report that students write and execute as an update on the BAC's American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

In 2014, Blake served as a thesis advisor to a Bachelor of Design Studies in Sustainable Design candidate, and he now teaches a course called Sustainable Building Systems. Intended for undergraduate students, the course educates students about how the integration of building systems, both passive and active, can be used to impact architectural concepts.

"Too often, architecture is designed assuming a universal standard of comfort, indicative of a one-size-fits-all solution for building globally," explained Blake. "At the BAC, we are working to unlearn this bad habit."

Blake applies much of his experience and knowledge from his work as sustainability director at Tsoi / Kobus to the BAC classroom. The coursework taught in Sustainable Building Systems comes directly from his experiences in the field, contributing to the College's model of combining theory and practice.

"Course content is pulled directly from project case studies, conference lectures, in-house inter-office education programs, and even from my work as a graduate student at the Architectural Association," Blake continues. "My goal is to relate all learned course content to practice so that students can go and positively impact the firms where they work the next day."