BAC Student Profile: Eric M. Ramsay

The BAC welcomes students from all over the world to study architecture and design. Each month, we'll introduce you to a BAC student to learn more about their BAC experience, how their interest in design began, which architects and designers inspire them, and more. This month, we introduce you to Eric M. Ramsay.

Name: Eric M. Ramsay
Hometown: Nassau, The Bahamas
Program/Expected Graduation Date: Bachelor of Architecture, May 2018

How did your interest in architecture and design begin?

When I was younger I enjoyed drawing and making comic books, then I started looking at architecture house plan magazines with my dad and he explained to me how buildings worked and spaces aligned. I started drawing and designing homes and showed them to my father to figure out how spaces worked together. It took off from there.

What made you want to study at the BAC?

Prior to coming to the BAC, I was working professionally as a draftsman for a few years and noticed how most students, once they graduate, have to adjust to life in the profession. I wanted to attend a school that allowed me to work and learn while attending classes, and I found the BAC to be the best at doing that. Ultimately, I feel the school is more interested in breeding architects than graduates, and this is what cemented my decision.

What has your BAC experience been like?

It has been better than I expected and I have grown academically, socially and professionally. One thing I enjoy about the school is the amount of knowledge you're exposed to. I love that about the school, how there's so much knowledge floating around if you want it. The library and the library staff is my favorite place.

What is your favorite thing about studying architecture and design in Boston?

At my old school, we were taught to do building and site analysis before we start designing spaces and forms. Then we were taught to imagine how people would respond to these various elements. However, being in Boston and having buildings of various sizes, types, forms, and urban conditions within an easy commute, you're allowed to visually study how people respond to conditions and design choices. This advantage has benefitted me greatly in my design studios because I can make more informed choices in how people actually respond to site conditions and design choices.

Who is your favorite architect/designer and why?

It is a tie between Sir David Adjaye and Bjarke Ingels. Sir David Adjaye takes very simple forms and design moves to create elegant experiences for the occupant. He isn't wasteful or excessive with his designs which allows for buildings to be easier and more affordable to build while still maintaining a high quality user experience. Bjarke Ingels has the same attitude but pushes form structurally, and his ideology is saying ‘yes' to everyone and using his architecture to make statements on what is possible while not being excessive, just changing thought. I believe building performance should be a holistic approach encompassing local building codes and zoning, the surrounding neighborhood, the occupants, the builder, the budget, the client, and the environment. I feel both of these architects succeed in doing this.

What are your architectural/design dreams and goals?

After the BAC, I will push to become licensed and study structural engineering to understand how form and structure work to design buildings. I ultimately want to work on buildings that holistically perform better in their environments, like designing a building that is more hurricane resistant in The Bahamas.