Friday, December 19, 2014

Blog Picks :: TRXL and Method

Blog Picks :: TRXL and Method
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

TRXL and Method were both created by Evan Troxel, a designer and educator based in Los Angeles. Evan mainly designs private and public K-12 schools, civic, commercial and residential projects. TRXL has a blog, as well as information about projects that he is working on, and Method has really great tutorials.

The posts on the TRXL blog aren't overly descriptive, but they are right to the point. The blog also has a very minimalist look to it, which adds to the site's efficiency.

I took a Revit course this semester and one of the requirements was to create a real time walkthrough. One of Evan's posts on TRXL, Create A Realtime Walkthrough of Your Revit Project with Autodesk Showcase, helped me take my walkthrough to a whole new level.

Even more video tutorials can be found on Method such as RevitSketchup, Methodcast, Modeling, FormZ, and Rendering. They even have a 3D File Format Cheat Sheet to help you figure out which file type will make Program A talk to Program B.

Evan also co-hosts a podcast with friends he met on Twitter, called Archispeak. According to the site, they have "a lot of fun looking behind the veil of what really happens in the architectural profession."

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Academic Advising Drop-In Meeting Times

The Academic Advising Office will have Drop-In Advising hours available for the purposes of preparing for Spring 2015 Registration.

If you wish to come to Drop-In Advising the available days and times are as follows:
-Tuesday, January 6 - Thursday, January 8 from 4 - 7 pm (Prior to Registration Week)
-Monday, January 12 - Thursday, January 15 from 4 - 7 pm (Registration Week)
-Tuesday, January 20 - Thursday, January 22 and Monday, January 26 from 3 - 7 pm (During the Add Period).

Please note that the last day to Add a first-half or full-semester course will be on Monday, January 26 at 7 pm.

No appointment is necessary for Drop-in Advising. These are quick meetings to answer immediate questions as they pertain to registration for the Spring semester. If you are not available during these times or if you would rather have more time to spend with an Academic Advisor for future course planning, please email to set-up an appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding your classes, course scheduling, or any other Registration related issues please take advantage of the opportunity to meet with an Academic Advisor.

Announcing Paris Summer Program 2015

Join the BAC for 28 days in Paris this summer. Since 2002, Rich Griswold, BAC Associate Provost and Dean of Students and Jovi Cruces, Senior Associate at Dimella Shaffer Associates, have taken over one hundred students on a month-long, city-based study abroad.

Each year the group forms a ‘one-room schoolhouse’ of graduates and undergraduates in all degree programs. Students take 6 credits including studios, design workshops, visual studies, history/theory and humanities electives. Each student’s coursework will be individualized, allowing participants to make progress towards completing their specific program.

A commitment to substantial pre-departure work and class time is required. The emphasis will be on the use and development of student sketchbooks as the repository of all student work. Classes start Monday June 1, 2015, with travel from July 5th to August 3rd.

The group will be based in Paris with excursions to Leon, Ronchamp, Basel, Switzerland, and the Vitra complex at Weil am Rein, Germany.

The full cost, including 6 BAC credits, is:
Graduate: $11,027.00
Undergraduate: $10,379.00

Financial Aid and some scholarship funding will be available for qualified students.

This comprehensive program includes round-trip group flight, housing in apartments shared with other BAC students, excursions, metro pass, museum entrances, transfer to and from the airport, as well as a strong orientation program and use of studio/classroom space at Accent. The main additional expenses will be food and supplies.

To see scenes from BAC in Paris 2012, visit the Picasa album.

The program will be presented at Studio Lottery on Thursday, January 8th, and an info session will follow Thursday, January 22nd at 6pm in the fishbowl at 320 Newbury. At that time, scholarship and payment deadline information will be available. If you can't make it to this info session, or want more information, email Richard Griswold.

Seasons Greetings from the BAC

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship of The Oregon Community Foundation
Submit by 2.1.15
The Zimmer Gunsul Frasca Architectural Scholarship Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation is intended to recognize and foster students who have a demonstrated talent and passion for architecture. Students beginning their final year in an NAAB accredited architecture program in the fall of 2015, who currently reside in the United States, are eligible to apply.

Tutor the People Essay Scholarship
Submit by 2.20.15
Tutor the People, a lower Manhattan-based tutoring service specializing in graduate admissions test prep (GMAT, MCAT, LSAT, GRE) and undergraduate course help announces an essay contest awarding $500 to one student who best exemplifies the spirit of helping others achieve success.

Savvy Home Store Scholarship
Submit by 2.28.15
Savvy Home Store, a retail company specializing in high quality custom sofas, recliners, sleeper sofas and more, announces a bi-annual scholarship program awarding one $600 scholarship to the student whose application materials best display a dedication to and strong interest in interior design or related field of study. The scholarship contest is open to US citizens and international students enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited US institution.

NAWIC Boston Honors Students
Submit by 3.27.15
The National Association of Women in Construction - NAWIC believes that it is their responsibility to reach out to its members and the community to educate them and to expose young people to exciting careers in construction. Applicants must be pursuing an education and career in a construction related field. Programs include architecture.

Competition :: Tob Knobs Challenge

Competition :: Tob Knobs Challenge
Submit by 1.4.15
Competition Website

Top Knobs challenges you to create the next innovative hardware design. Make a hand or digital drawing of your original idea for a kitchen cabinet knob, pull, etc. and upload it along with a short description.

The winning prize is $1,000. $500 gift certificates for 2nd and 3rd place. If your design is produced, you will receive royalties! Winners are chosen by a panel of design experts.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Blog Pick :: RNDRD

Blog Pick :: RNDRD
By James Donovan, BArch Candidate

RNDRD is a website dedicated to showing renderings and models from 20th century designers. They seem to focus primarily on incomplete projects and unique aspects of 20th century design. This creates a great opportunity to see the vision of 20th century designers not from their completed work but in the other projects that may otherwise have been forgotten.

Walter F Bogner, BAC Alum, Architectural Forum 77, September 1942

Images are taken from various architectural publications from the 20th century (i.e. Architectural Design, Casabella, and dozens more) and they do a great job showing effective and captivating renderings in the more than 1600 fair-use images available for viewing on their website.

Peter Cook, A+U, 1975

Editors Josh Conrad and Lauren Hamer update the site regularly and want RNDRD to be a place where people can be inspired in their professional, academic and personal research. The site is at best an attempt to be a go-to website for people of all walks of life to draw on precedent studies and at the very least a fun site full of great images. The site also has a great filtering feature where users can search for a specific designer, year, publication, and type of drawing (just remember that the RESET tab is in the white menu bar above the images, not near the filter itself). RNDRD is an especially great resource for inspiration on a final project; for example, if a student is required to create a building section for their studio project RNDRD is the perfect place to get ideas.

Charles Eames, Architectural Review v.125 n.745, Feb 1959

Although this is a great site for inspiration, don’t expect any images of Fallingwater or The Eames house here. The designers' names are familiar, but the site is full of surprising images that will pique your interest and as well as inspire.

Eugine Raskin, Pencil Points, 20 January 1939

It is a lot of fun just exploring the site and navigating through all the images using the filter or just browsing randomly. Every once and a while you bump into neither a model nor a drawing, but an article. I suggest checking them out when you find one. I leave you now with one such example. It is an article about the struggle young designers go through trying to gain experience in the field without having any prior experience. The article was written in 1939. Some things will never change.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014


Arnold W. Brunner Grant
Submit by 2.1.2015
In partnership with the AIA NY Chapter, the Center for Architecture Foundation administers several grants and scholarships.  The Brunner grant provides a single award of up to $15,000 for the purpose of advanced study in any area of architectural investigation which will effectively contribute to the knowledge, teaching or practice of the art and science of architecture.

Landscape Architecture Foundation Fellowships and Scholarships
Fellowships - Submit by 2.1.15
Scholarships - Submit by 2.15.15

NAWIC Founders Scholarship Foundation
Submit by 2.28.15
Each year NAWIC awards over $25,000 to worthy recipients in construction-related programs. Award amounts range from $500 to $2,500. For questions on eligibility please see above link or email Applications must be postmarked by February 28th of each year to qualify for competition.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spring Registration :: Academic Advising

The fall semester is almost over! If you haven’t planned your spring 2015 courses, now is the time!

Your Academic Advisor is available to meet with you to help with your planning so that you do not feel rushed before registration. Meeting with your Academic Advisor will give you the opportunity to review your curriculum and plan ahead for your spring course load.

We ask that you kindly schedule an appointment in advance so that we can be prepared to meet with you. Please contact your Academic Advisor directly to schedule a meeting by emailing:

Karen Keough at:
Christina Liu at:
Alexandra Ressing at:
Catherine Smith-Vaughan at:
Rebecca Chabot-Wieferich at:

If you are not sure who your Academic Advisor is, please contact Advising at or call 617.585.0160.You can also request a meeting online here.

The BAC will be closed December 24th – January 4th! We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Competition :: 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition

Competition :: 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition
Submit by 1.16.15
Competition Website

Confindustria Ceramica (the Italian Association of Ceramics) and the Italian Trade Commission are proud to announce the 2015 Ceramics of Italy Tile Competition Call for Entries. Now in its 22nd year, the contest is open to North American architects and designers who use Italian ceramic tiles in their institutional, residential and commercial/hospitality spaces.

From corporate headquarters with ventilated porcelain facades and hospitals utilizing antibacterial ceramic floors to summer homes using decorative ceramics, Ceramics of Italy is looking for all types of inspiring projects featuring Italian ceramics.

Winners in each category will receive a cash prize of $4,000 and a five-day trip to Bologna, Italy to attend CERSAIE 2015 - the world's largest exhibition of ceramic tile and bathroom furnishings - joining a delegation of top consumer and design journalists. Ceramics of Italy will award an additional $1,000 to the winning contractor/distributor team in each category.

The competition is open to all North American architects and interior designers. Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 2010 and January 2015 are eligible for entry.