CEU Weekend Addresses Critical Changes in Architecture

BAC’s Annual CEU Event Sparks Discussion on Important Industry Trends

BAC's Annual CEU Weekend

BAC's Annual CEU Weekend

© Boston Architectural College; Photo by Len Charney

The BAC recently welcomed forty licensed architects to campus for two days of learning and lively exchange at the College's annual CEU Weekend. Participants had the opportunity to earn 12 coveted health, safety, and welfare (HSW) learning units through six, two-hour workshops. The workshops encompassed a broad range of topics and concerns, provoking discussion between practitioners and presenters alike, challenging participants to address the critical changes that are affecting the practice of architecture.

Some of these trending topics included:

  • How the changes in Massachusetts code and the "stretch" code for communities throughout Boston is impacting design, construction costs and interrelationships with clients and building inspectors,
  • Sustainable design and the call for practitioners to be mindful of best practices,
  • Changes in work flow on projects due to innovative use of digital technology,
  • The influx of small micro-units for housing in cities along with the "tiny house" movement, 
  • The "Living With Water" design competition that addressed preparing for climate change and increased flooding within coastal communities, 
  • The adaptive reuse of historic mill properties into affordable housing including issues of tax credit and other economic benefits.

"Each of the workshops at the BAC's recent CEU Weekend dealt with critical changes that practitioners need to be aware of," said Len Charney, Dean of Practice at the BAC. "Through the questions raised, veteran practitioners were challenged to reflect upon and prepare for a broad series of seminal changes that will undoubtedly impact their careers, roles and responsibilities as design professionals."

The CEU Weekend was an opportunity to bring together design professionals from across the Commonwealth to assist them in maintaining their license status and have meaningful conversations about current topics that are relevant to everyone in the field. BAC's Practice Department will continue to sponsor this decade-long tradition, as well as develop a series of CEU credit bearing special workshops throughout the calendar year. Check back on the BAC website for additional information.