BAC Student Profile: Fernando Sousa

Fernando Sousa, Bachelor of Landscape Architecture student image

The BAC welcomes students from all over the world to study architecture and design. Each month, we 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 Fernando Sousa.

Name: Fernando Sousa
Hometown: I was born in Massachusetts. When I was young, my family spent some time in Singapore before we moved to Lincoln, MA, when I was six years old. I currently live in Allston.
Program/Expected Graduation Date: Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, 2023

How did your interest in landscape architecture begin?

I spent a portion of my time growing up outdoors, where I found an appreciation for the serenity of woodlands. My interest in the design aspect stemmed from an opportunity to work for a small landscaping company specializing in masonry and yard renovation. Not only was it rewarding work, but it offered good exposure to the craftsmanship involved in landscaping and landscape architecture.

What made you want to study at the BAC?

I've been part of a small community for most of my life, and saw a welcoming environment at the BAC. I wanted a new start, and a way to apply myself to my studies. I found the BAC to be an encouraging place for both.

What has your BAC experience been like?

Busy, but extremely rewarding. I don't have much experience in design; however, I have strong guidance and amazing support from new friends. All of my foundation classes are with a small group of students, which keeps me engaged. Everything I need is conveniently located in one building and the food options are endless!

What is your favorite thing about studying landscape architecture in Boston?

There is an interesting balance between contemporary and historic areas. I love to see how Boston's demographic and geographic factors play into how a site changes throughout the course of a year. Each visit offers different experiences while still remaining familiar.

Who is your favorite architect/landscape architect/designer and why?

I played a lot of Halo back in 2008, before I focused on architecture and design. I loved all the artwork done for the Halo series and I began to follow the game developer Bungie closely to see what projects they were working on next. But some of my favorite sites are ruins from ancient civilizations. The scale and aura of these places, particularly Angkor Wat, have left a lasting impression on me.

What are your architectural/design dreams and goals?

I want to travel and learn how regions have articulated their approach to their modern practice. I want to experience a range of projects that vary in scale and significance, for both the challenge and opportunity. I've only just started my great journey, but by the end I hope to have been part of some positive contributions.

Foundation Studio Light Final Model Plan Diagram by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Light Final Model Plan Diagram

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model Section 2 by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model Section 2

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model Section by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model Section

Foundation Studio Light Model 3 by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Light Model 3

Foundation Studio Museum of Light 3rd Model by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Museum of Light 3rd Model

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model by Fernando Sousa

Foundation Studio Museum of Light Final Model

CityX Off the Wall Elevation by Fernando Sousa

CityX Off the Wall Elevation