Friday, May 29, 2015

Blog Pick :: Digital Arts (online)

Blog Pick :: Digital Arts (online)
By: Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate

If you’ve ever picked up a copy of Digital Arts magazine in a store, you’re aware that it’s full of articles, product reviews, tutorials, and sometimes featured portfolios.  Their online companion has all of that and more. Digital Arts covers the art of graphic design, 3D, animation, video, effects, web and interactive design.  This means coverage of everything from design books to step-by-step walkthroughs of new Photoshop features. The website tabs are as follows: News, Tutorials, Reviews, Features, Portfolios, and Guides. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with each of them, there’s a lot to be found.

Just recently they posted a review of the Formlabs Form 1+ 3D Printer we just got our hands on up in the CODER Lab. This comprehensive review begins with a quick review video and a pro/con list. In this pro/con list, the author notes that while the printer has extremely accurate build detail; well-developed management software, and is quiet and simple to use, it is also slow, expensive including replacement of resin and resin tanks, messy regarding post-printing object cleanup, and difficult to remove printed objects from the platform.  Author Lucas Mearian goes on to claim that this 3D printer is “more capable of producing accurate models with detailed intricacy than any other 3D printer I've reviewed”... that’s saying a lot for a guy who works for Computerworld US.  So, after you finish reading this review, go and check out the printer itself on the fourth floor!

In the Portfolio section of the site, you’ll find many portfolios for graphic designers, illustrators, and artists. While this section is less formatted like the portfolio we have all grown to know, work is displayed with context through accompanying interviews.  One portfolio from a London-based illustrator, Serge Seidlitz, caught my eye for the unique, cartoony artwork. Seidlitz discusses working mainly with pencil and Photoshop, but has begun working more recently with the pen tablet, Wacom Cintiq. There’s a chance you have seen some of his work before as he has done stuff for MTV, VH1, Virgin, Sony, and the New York Times. The thing that most caught my eye about his work is the use of bold colors and simple lines in creating a unique, consistent style and graphic. This illustration was done for Coca Cola. Have fun exploring all of the featured portfolios, you’ll certainly find something that speaks to you.

Probably my favorite section of the online magazine is the many free tutorials available on Photoshop, Illustrator, and some other programs. A tutorial by Pixel Criminals walks you through the steps needed to properly photo montage and seamlessly blend photos together. The step by step instructions provide a timeline for the project, tools required, and captioned screenshots of the process. Other tutorials include: After Effects tutorial: Create an indie-style animation, Photoshop tutorial: Combine photos in Photoshop to create a 'stop motion' still, Adobe Illustrator tutorial: Create colourful vector character art, and more.

Digital Arts just published an article entitled, ‘How to Get a Job in Design’, perhaps a good read for those of you entering the summer unemployed. The author, Mark Davis, provides some great insight, most importantly being that you have to “brand yourself” in today's world.  Digital Arts has a lot to look at if branding yourself is the goal. As BAC students, we need to have our finger to the pulse of all things design. With Digital Arts, that’s made a bit easier.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Class of 2015 Celebrates at Commencement!

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The Boston Architectural College celebrated its 2015 Commencement on Friday, May 22 at Old South Church in Copley Square. The College graduated 170 students in the disciplines of architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture, and design studies.

In keeping with BAC tradition, a jazz band accompanied the graduates, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees in a procession through the city of Boston's historic Back Bay. They walked in full regalia from the iconic BAC building on Newbury Street to the church building in Copley Square.

"The Boston Architectural College is a very special institution of higher learning. It proves on a daily basis that the people who are the most deserving of merit are those who have a passionate desire to achieve their dreams, who work very hard and who hold lofty values and ideals," said Acting President Julia Halevy. "Design school is very difficult, and those before us, those who are about to receive their degrees, are a rare breed of women and men who have proved they are able to complete these complex studies while working."

Angela Wyrembelski, Master of Architecture, was awarded Valedictorian of the Master's Program and Johnson Osband, Bachelor of Architecture, was awarded Valedictorian of the Bachelor's Program. Both of the valedictorians reflected on the unique and impactful education they and their fellow graduates received at the BAC.

"That's the beauty of the BAC program-with a strong component of the curriculum based in practice, it forced us to split ourselves between the professional world and the world of academia," Angela said. "But we managed-managed our time and our ideas. It is these skills that we bring forward and that will make us better designers."

In Johnson's speech, he wished his classmates bright futures filled with passion. "I'd like to express an intense gratitude for the education that every student here has received at the BAC," Johnson said. "I hope that all of us make space to continue to cultivate lives we care about. May we always be rediscovering ourselves and passionately reshaping the world we inhabit."

The BAC congratulates all graduates and wishes the Class of 2015 the best of luck in their future careers!

Read more on the commencement ceremony HERE 

BAC Sustainable Design Alumna Noted in Architecture Podium's International Awards

The BAC is pleased to announce Kim McCarthy, MDS '14, has been awarded second place in the Temporary Structures Concept Design Category in Architecture Podium's International Architecture Awards 2015. She earned the award in recognition of her Master of Design Studies capstone project, Resilient Crisis Cube.

The Resilient Crisis Cube is an off-grid emergency shelter, which incorporates resilient concepts into the design. It is intended to provide shelter, energy, water collection, and food production to its occupants, who would receive it following damage or complete loss of property following a disaster. The project ties into a larger disaster strategy that focuses on developing community resilience prior to, during, and following a disaster.

Architecture Podium's International Architecture Awards 2015 received over 500 entries. The awards consisted of 36 categories with over 25 esteemed judges from around the globe. The Temporary Structures Category recognized the best architectural temporary structure or pop-ups.

Kim's main goals for the project were to create a disaster preparation, response, and recovery strategy based on resilient concepts that could be applied on regional, local, and individual levels. The design creates a simple solution that addresses a wide variety of needs following a disaster and provides a healthy adaptable shelter with a small ecological footprint. Lastly, the project strives to make a statement on the importance of disaster preparedness.

"To me, this acknowledges that the goals I wanted to achieve are a part of a larger global conversation on disaster preparation and how that relates to community resiliency," said Kim. "We need to start developing adaptable strategies and re-evaluating how we build and prepare for an unknown environmental future."

Kim graduated from the BAC in 2014 with a Master of Design Studies in Sustainable Design and is currently employed by Lavallee Brensinger Architects. She plans to continue to develop these ideas into a publication to support the original goals of the project.

BAC Announces 2015 Award Winners

Winners of Architecture Degree Project Studio Commendations with Karen Nelson, Dean, School of Architecture; Photo by Molly Chase
Members of the Class of 2015 were honored at the annual commencement eve awards ceremony on Thursday, May 21, where the BAC presented awards to recognize students' hard work. Graduating students celebrated with family, friends, and members of the BAC community at the opening reception of The Grad Show in McCormick Gallery followed by ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students.

You can find all of the award recipients HERE

Thursday, May 21, 2015

2015 Commencement Activities :: 5.21 - 5.22

2015 BAC Commencement Activities
Schedule of Events

Commencement Eve Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 21, 2015
6 pm Reception 7 pm Ceremony

Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston
Commencement activities will begin with a special awards ceremony to recognize student achievements. This event will include refreshments in the BAC's McCormick Gallery and is an opportunity to view the impressive thesis and degree project work of our graduates. All are welcome to participate. The awards ceremony in Cascieri Hall will begin at 7 pm for awardees and their guests. Please be aware seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

BAC Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 22, 2015
1 pm–3 pm

Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
The BAC Commencement 2015 ceremonies will be held at Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston. All graduates are required to arrive to the BAC at 11 am to receive their regalia, be a part of the 2015 graduate photo, and line up to parade down Newbury Street to Old South Church. At 11 am, the church doors will be opened for graduates' invited guests, who have their invitations, to enter and be seated in the main sanctuary.  All other guests without invitations will be seated in Gordon Chapel where there will be a live-streamed video for folks to view. At 1 pm, the ceremonies will begin. To honor the achievements of all BAC graduates, we encourage our January 2015 graduates to return in May 2015 and participate in the commencement ceremony.
Seating for the ceremony is limited and RSVPs from graduates are required.

Important Information for Graduates

Orders required no later than May 1, 2015
Friday, May 22, 2015—Regalia robing in Cascieri Hall
Graduates will be emailed information on how to place their order for regalia and ticket requests during the Spring semester. Please be reminded tickets are limited (on average four invites per graduate). Orders for regalia and tickets are required to be placed by April 15, 2015.

Regalia will be handed out to graduates participating in the commencement ceremony at 11am in Cascieri Hall on commencement day.

BAC Commencement Diploma Pickup
Friday, May 22, 2015
Boston Architectural College
Immediately following the commencement ceremony, please return to Cascieri Hall at 320 Newbury Street to drop of your robe and pick up your diploma no later than 4:45 pm.

Weekend Planning

Parking and Transportation
Trolley service will be available on Friday, May 22 to transport guests between Old South Church and the BAC. Metered parking is available on Newbury Street and surrounding streets. Garage parking may also be available at:

Danker and Donohue Garage, 347 Newbury Street (limited spaces available)
Pilgrim Parking, 50 Dalton Street
Prudential Center Garage, 800 Boylston Street

There are various hotels located nearby the BAC and Old South Church in the Back Bay neighborhood. It is recommended that accommodations be reserved as soon as possible, since it is a holiday weekend and there are many events scheduled in Boston. A listing of local hotels can be found here.

Dinner Reservations
There are numerous restaurants located in the Back Bay neighborhood. If you are interested in having dinner after the commencement ceremony, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance. A listing of local restaurants can be found here. You can also book with Boston's Open Table here.

The Boston Architectural College is looking forward to congratulating graduates at our 2015 commencement celebration. For more information on BAC Commencement 2015, please contact

Internship :: DLF New England

Competition :: ASID New England

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Competition :: "Dear Architecture"

"Dear Architecture"
Competition Website
Submission Deadline: July 24th, 2015

“Dear Architecture,” is a single phase competition. Participation is open to architects, designers, writers, engineers, illustrators, students and creatives worldwide. Individual or group entries are permitted. Multiple entries per individual or team are permitted, but each submission must be registered and paid for separately. Proposals do not need to be generated exclusively for this competition, but they must address the intent of the competition and should not have been published elsewhere before. The official language of the competition is English. All proposals must be submitted in English.


LETTER: A short letter in 8.5″ x 11″ .doc format, between 400-500 words in length. The letter must be addressed to architecture, and start with “Dear Architecture”, the text must be in English. Please do not use any special text formatting.

ARTWORK: 1 image (9″ x 15″) (vertical format at 300 dpi in .jpg format) to be paired with your letter. The image can be a collage, map, plan, section, elevation, picture, diagram, 3d representation or any other graphic format. The image must contain one image only. Comic-book layouts are permissible, however we encourage entrants to make the text big enough for easy reading online. There are no special layout requirements.

TEAM INFO: Individual or Team participation data in 8.5″ x 11″ in .doc format. This must include the registration code supplied by Blank Space, the names of all participants with their profession, home address, phone number and email.

SUBMITTING FILES TO BLANK SPACE: Files must be e-mailed to Blank Space using a url supplied by WeTransfer. In order to create a wetransfer file link, go to, click on the small icon at the bottom left corner to select “LINK” and then upload your files. WeTransfer will then give you a unique url. Copy the url, and e-mail it to:

You will receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of submitting your entry

FREE Workshop from!

FREE Workshop from!
Saturday June 6, 2015

Are you a fan of Interested in learning Rhino or Adobe Illustrator – and getting a little weird? SC’s next workshop is coming your way on June 6th! Free to BAC students, alumni, and faculty.

During this one day workshop, Section Cut invites students to invent intricate imaginary worlds. Through a quick manipulation of digital photography, students will extrude abstracted images to construct novel terrain. Together, we will evaluate and occupy these newly constructed sites as if they were levels of a video game – infused with speculative atmospheres and narratives. The workshop will explore the combined capabilities of Rhino and the Adobe Creative Suite, providing an opportunity to dream outside the confines of the studio brief, and a transportable graphic workflow that translates Rhino models into beautiful isometric representations. No previous experience with Rhino or Illustrator required!


Scholarship :: Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program

Abbott and Fenner Scholarship Program
Scholarship Website
Apply by: June 15, 2015

Abbott & Fenner are committed to continuing our efforts at helping those who have the desire and ambition to succeed.  The winner(s) of this annual scholarship will receive their award within 2 weeks of the listed deadline. All applicants should include their full name and mailing address with their submissions.  To apply for this scholarship you will need to write an essay on the topic below. The essay should be between 500 and 1000 words.

Your submissions must be sent to us by email at:

Describe your educational career and life goals.  Explain your plan for achieving these goals.  Include your degree/major, why you selected it, and how this degree/major will help you achieve your goals.