BAC Announces 2016 Boston Marathon Team

BAC student and faculty member pledge to raise funds and run 26.2 miles in support of the College

Crandon Gustafson and Juan De Loera

Crandon Gustafson and Juan De Loera

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that, for the second year in a row, members of the BAC community will be running the Boston Marathon in support of the College. On Patriot's Day, April 18, 2016, Crandon Gustafson, dean of the School of Interior Architecture and Juan De Loera, a student in the Master of Architecture program, will represent the BAC along the 26.2-mile course from Hopkinton to Copley Square.

Beyond running the marathon, Crandon and Juan have each pledged to raise 10,000 dollars towards the BAC Fund, which directly funds resources for curriculum development, student academic services, technology, investments in faculty, and more. Both runners will work to collect donations towards their goal up until race day.

Crandon has been a dean and member of the faculty at the BAC since 2011. He is a registered architect, certified interior designer, and LEED accredited professional. With over 20 years of professional practice in California, Colorado, Illinois, and New York, Crandon has brought a wealth of experience with him to the BAC. During his tenure, the School of Interior Design transformed into the School of Interior Architecture and a new post-professional distance Master of Science in Interior Architecture was established in 2015. He has also served as chair of the Foundation Program and as the BAC's director of capital planning. Crandon continues his service to the BAC through the 2016 Boston Marathon and looks forward to the lasting impact it will have.

"This is a tremendous opportunity for positive exposure for the BAC and its mission of providing an accessible and affordable option for students in the architecture and design fields," said Crandon. "I want to do my share and contribute to the BAC, and this will be a fun way to do it by engaging students, faculty, staff, and the entire community in an open and shared process."

Juan is an avid runner with ties to the local running community as well as groups in France and Texas. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in French from Texas Tech University and spent the past year teaching English in Paris. He recently arrived at the BAC in the fall 2015 semester and has already infused himself in the community. As the first applicant to run for the BAC in 2016, Juan expressed a strong enthusiasm for fundraising in order to support his peers at the BAC.

"Training for the Boston Marathon will take time, dedication, will power, and sacrifice to ultimately complete the 26.2 mile course," said Juan. "I want to be a Boston Marathon Runner. There's no better way to achieve this dream than by raising money for my college. Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try."

While both Crandon and Juan have marathon experience, 2016 will be their first Boston Marathon. Please join us in thanking them for their dedication to our community. For updates on their progress in fundraising and training, visit the BAC's marathon team page