BAC Launches Fellowship to Promote Design Leadership in Community Service

Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning funded by grant from OneWorld Boston

Interior Rendering for a 2013 Gateway Project: Lake Cochituate Visitor’s Center

Interior Rendering for a 2013 Gateway Project: Lake Cochituate Visitor’s Center

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the creation of the Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning. The fellowship, funded by a $100,000 grant from the OneWorld Boston Grant Program, a Cummings Foundation Affiliate, pays tribute to the design leadership career of Pulitzer Prize–winning architectural critic Ada Louise Huxtable, who received an honorary degree from the BAC in 2012.

The Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship will reward six exceptional students this academic year and ten in each of the following two years with scholarships to promote design leadership in community service. These funds will provide critical instructional support to the College's Gateway Initiative, a program which provides pro bono design services to nonprofits and municipal agencies throughout the greater Boston area. Since the program's inception in 2008, Gateway has served over 68 nonprofits in 93 different projects, with opportunities for over 1140 BAC students.

"This grant is a crucial piece of our continued success with the Gateway Initiative," said Marilyn Moedinger, BAC director of the Gateway Initiative and instruction and assessment in Practice. "The funds will allow us to leverage our own in-house experts—our advanced students—to mentor and advise our less experienced students, by providing them stipends, much like TA's in academic courses. The Huxtable Fellows will in turn be actively mentored by senior BAC staff and members of the Boston design community, continuing our Gateway ethos of building community through partnerships and collaboration."

Each fellow will receive a scholarship, equally split between the two semesters. Assigned to key Gateway teams, fellows will offer critical mentorship, leadership, and technical instruction to less knowledgeable students. Additionally, the fellows will have the opportunity to obtain advanced monthly instruction from leaders and experts in Boston's design community. In keeping with Gateway and the BAC's goal to create well rounded, socially conscious design professionals, Huxtable Fellows will provide a tangible link between various modes of Practice-based learning.

OneWorld Boston, the new grant-making affiliate of Cummings Foundation, Inc., supports charitable organizations serving eastern Middlesex, southern Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts. Established and funded by Joyce and Bill Cummings in 1986, Cummings Foundation is a private operating foundation based in Woburn, Mass. With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England.