BAC Instructor Receives Fulbright Award

Samuel Hammer, School of Design Studies, to travel to Sri Lanka

Sam Hammer works with students during intensives.

Sam Hammer works with students during intensives. Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce Samuel (Sam) Hammer, a leader in the BAC's Design Studies program, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award for the 2015–2016 academic year. He will travel to Sri Lanka, where he will immerse himself in his areas of expertise through studying, teaching, and conducting research.

In Sri Lanka, Sam will document and analyze the evolving urban and rural landscapes of a country that is rapidly developing after 30 years of civil war ended in 2009. He will teach at the University of Moratuwa and will collaborate with colleagues there and at Rajarata University, who are working together to protect Sri Lanka's ancient cultural treasures and wildlife refuges, where sustainable landscapes have flourished for over 2,500 years.

"This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for collaborative teaching and research ties directly to my work at the BAC in the Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design program," Sam said. "The landscapes I will study, which have sustained the human population for thousands of years, are endangered by contemporary forces of development."

Overseas, Sam will gain new knowledge and make valuable contributions to his field of cultural landscape ecology, which incorporates the natural and social sciences in an interdisciplinary framework. He will be able to apply what he learns to his classroom teachings at the BAC, where he is the beloved instructor of courses such as "Design Research Methods" for Sustainable Design students, and "Botany for Designers," which students across all schools take to explore the essentials of planting design.

Sam is among several other faculty and professionals who will travel abroad through the Fulbright US Scholar Program, administered by the Council for International Exchange for Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education. The program attracts some 800 US faculty and professionals each year to 140 countries to lecture, teach, and conduct research. An equal number of academics and professionals from overseas visit the United States each year under a Fulbright Scholar grant. The Fulbright program is sponsored by the US government and designed to increase mutual understanding between Americans and the people of other countries.