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BAC Student Profile: Phil Reville

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 Phil Reville.

Name: Phil Reville

Hometown: Armonk, New York

Program/Expected Graduation Date: M. Arch/December 2017

How did your interest in architecture/design begin?

For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in the built environment. I grew up surrounded by the colonial homes and quaint towns of Westchester County, a short train ride from the incredible superstructures and urban neighborhoods of New York City. Navigating through these seemingly opposite yet adjacent worlds, I grew fascinated by the qualities that make places like these feel the way that they do. Moreover, I am interested in the qualities of these places that people respond to, the spaces that people hate or love.

What made you want to study at the BAC?

Initially, I was attracted to the BAC for its great location within Boston and the practice component of the curriculum that would allow me to continue to work professionally while returning to school. It wasn't until I visited the school in person however, that I knew that the BAC would really be a great fit. I was drawn to the intimacy of the school and the close-knit community here that really defines the place. Even within one of the busiest neighborhoods of Boston, the BAC seems to exist as a microcosm, made up of people from all over brought together and kept together by a passion for design.

What has your BAC experience been like?

I have certainly been surprised by the BAC. I was ready to study architecture, but doing so at the BAC has been much more than that. The comradery amongst students is amazing. There is an unspoken bond between BAC students because of the demanding and unique nature of the program. I have made lifelong friends here. I have also loved the freedom that comes with a school that is so individually tailored. Not only have I been able to structure the program according to my schedule, but doing so has meant that I could really capitalize on gaining work experience while attending school.

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

More than anything, I am fascinated with the way that this city has physically evolved. From a small peninsula of wonky roads, Boston has grown to become one of the largest cities in the country. That change can be visibly traced on a map of the city, and has resulted in a dynamic urban fabric that is great to explore.

Who is your favorite architect/designer and why?

While it is tough to name just one, I would have to say Kengo Kuma - specifically his more recent work. I am incredibly interested in wood as a material, for its aesthetic and physical qualities and its flexibility in application. Kengo Kuma has, in recent years, really explored wood as a material, working often with traditional Japanese wood joinery as well as experimenting with wood structurally.

What are your architectural/design dreams and goals?

I plan to one day have my own design firm. I would love to work across all sectors and scales. People experience small details just as they experience huge cities, and I would love to make those experiences better, however possible!