BAC Student Profile: Jacob Ferreira

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 Jacob Ferreira.

Name: Jacob Ferreira
Hometown: Kennebunk, Maine
Program/Expected Graduation Date: Master of Landscape Architecture, December 2017

How did your interest in architecture/design begin?

The game Tony Hawk Pro Skater 2 for Nintendo 64 was the first time I ever designed something. There was a build your own skate park feature and I would spend hours building the most epic gaps and lines. I didn't know what landscape architecture was until I finished my undergraduate degree in environmental planning and policy at the University of Southern Maine. At the time, policy and planning's influence felt a little too removed from the actual human experience and I was really interested in how I could get more involved at a smaller scale. A colleague recommended that I try out the career discovery program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (a summer program allowing high school graduates the opportunity to explore architecture and design), and the rest is history.

What made you want to study at the BAC?

I was really interested in the concurrent curriculum, working while taking classes, and the idea of getting out of school with a job seemed like a great idea. I also appreciated the open admissions policy as I did not have prior design experience before enrolling.

What has your BAC experience been like?

It has been challenging, but also very enjoyable. The balance between school, work, and having a social life isn't easy but the experience has been worth it and I have met a lot of wonderful people and have made many great friends.

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

My favorite thing about studying design in Boston is the history, especially for landscape architecture. Cities and landscapes are dynamic things and often their long-term growth can be hard to predict; having access to Boston's history is a valuable tool.

Who is your favorite architect/designer and why?

Lawrence Halprin has always been my biggest inspiration as a landscape architect. His projects are always fun and experiential with an emphasis on bringing people and nature together in a respectful and mutually beneficial way.

What are your architectural/design dreams and goals?

One day I will build snowboards that I will use on trails and mountains that I designed.