Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Pick :: Architangent

Blog Pick :: Architangent
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Architangent covers everything related to architecture.  The mission of Architangent is to make the topic of architecture more approachable.  They did so by making it easy to understand and make sense of all the architectural disciplines and more. Architangent relates architecture to everyday things in the hope to attract more than just design enthusiastic.

I they recognize that to the average person architecture can seem intimidating or overwhelming because they don’t interact with it on a regular basis. In Architangent's mission they state, “By focusing on residential projects, public buildings and local events, Architangent illustrates how the individual can experience architecture in a more personal and frequent manner. Architecture and good design exists all around us. By making the public aware of their current built environment, a dialogue can take place about the role of the individual within their community both now and in the future. Through awareness, education, and a bit of satire about the profession, Architangent aims to make architecture a discipline that is approachable by all.” This makes this site in my opinion a great site for students who are just being introduce to the field of design.

Architangent is great because it is created by students for students. It gives us a chance to see what other students outside of our community are doing and what problems they are addressing. More importantly, it is inspiring to know how to use the web as a tool to showcase our work. By creating a website like Architangent, we would be able to reach a wider audience that extends beyond our school.

Another aspect of this site we might appreciate as students are the articles. They are a great way to pass time and stay informed about various branches of the field and expand our design knowledge. For example, one of the readings covers the topic of metal insulated panels. Prior to this article I was completely ignorant of the existence of metal insulated panels.

In the thinking or conceptual part of the design development of you project, I would advised to quickly check out this site. It can only help or if you find yourself bored and wants to keep your mind sharp this is the site for you. Visit it and tell a friend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Scholarship :: 2015 Gensler Brickmann Scholarship

Scholarship :: 2015 Gensler Brickmann Scholarship
Submission Deadline - Monday, December 8, 2014

The Gensler Brinkmann Scholarship was established as a memorial to Don Brinkmann, an inspirational and gifted interior designer who personified the essence of design vision and leadership.

Students enrolled in a U.S. not-for-profit educational institution who will begin their final year of a CIDA-accredited interior design program in the Fall of 2015 are eligible to apply. Current employees and recent former employees of Gensler, as well as their immediate families, and those who Gensler deems to present conflicts of interest are ineligible to participate.

Visit the Gensler scholarships site for complete details.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Erik Sommerfeld Discusses Design Build at the BAC

Erik Sommerfeld Discusses Design Build at the BAC
Friday, September 26, 2014 at 12noon
Beehive, 951 Boylston Street

Erik Sommerfeld, 2014 ACSA Design Build Award winner, will present the design build work he has participated in.  The Associated Collegiate Schools of Architecture advances the work of over 250 design schools in the US and Canada facilitating dialogue among diverse areas of the design disciplines.

Working with his students at University of Colorado, and sometimes in academic partnership with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah, Rick has created dynamic projects that are not only frugal and sustainable, but also well-designed, attentive to proportions, to orientation on the site, and to the experience of the user. Please join the BAC to learn more about his work and find out more about how he makes it happen. To see more of his work go to

Materials Library Hours :: Fall 2014

Materials Library Hours :: Fall 2014

Get into the BAC Materials Library and be inspired by the intriguing selection of design samples!

Monday: 12noon - 4pm
Tuesday: 12noon - 4pm
Wednesday: 12noon - 7pm
Thursday: 12noon - 4pm
Friday: 12noon - 4pm
Saturday: 12noon - 4pm
Sunday: Closed

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day!

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day!

On September 17, 1787, the US Constitution was signed by thirty-nine men who changed the course of history in our country. Constitution Day is a time for American citizens to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship.

Here's how you can celebrate Constitution Day:

And remember, the right to vote is afforded to all U.S. citizens by the Constitution. If you are eligible to vote in this upcoming state election, we urge you to do so. If you are not registered, there is no time like the present (you can find a MA voter registration form here). If you are not a Massachusetts resident, please be sure to contact your home state to request an Absentee Ballot.


BAC Student Awarded IIDANE Student Scholarship

BAC Student Awarded IIDANE Student Scholarship

We are pleased to announce that BAC student, Sarah Boisselle, has recently been awarded the IIDANE Student Scholarship. For the month of September, Sarah along with her fellow winners, will be featured on the IIDANE website. Please click here to see their winning portfolio submissions :

Congratulations, Sarah!

Practice Assessment Workshop

Practice Assessment Workshop
Thursday, September 25, 2014, 5:30-7:00pm
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street

Dear Students,

You have an opportunity to attend a Practice Assessment Workshop during Community Practice on Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 5:30-7:00pm in Cascieri Hall.

The objective of this workshop is to communicate the Practice Assessment process, discuss the Practice Assessment forms and answer any concerns or questions regarding Practice Assessments.

For those of you who cannot attend this workshop, please make an off-line appointment with Johanna Rowley to have your questions answered prior to your official assessment.

For more information about Practice Assessment requirements and reporting hours, please go to:

The Practice Department looks forward to meeting with you as we move forward in our semester.


Johanna Rowley
Director of Applied Learning and Assessment
Practice Department

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BAC Merchandise Sale

BAC Merchandise Sale

Use coupon code LAYERUP2 to receive free shipping on 2 or more items from our online store.

Valid September 16th through the 23rd.

Competition :: Madrid Digital Arts Museum - IDEAS COMPETITION

Competition :: Madrid Digital Arts Museum - IDEAS COMPETITION
Submission Deadline - Sunday October 5, 2014

In the daily practice of Architecture, competitions are an important part of the formative experience. When applied to concrete needs, by the mediation of context and content, they demonstrate the added value that architectural discussion can bring to the solution of issues of the community.
We provide a launching platform for a community of architects that have interest in making a contribution in their specialty field, keep creatively active and give more visibility to their professional practice.

This is a single stage Ideas Competition with the aim of identifying the best proposal of a Museum devoted to the Digital Arts in the centre of Madrid, Spain. We invite you to create innovative solutions to tackle the challenges presented. In a way that pushes architectural design and ideas forward, the issue is raised of how the characteristics of Digital Art might be transposed into space, in a way that potentiates a better understanding of the exposed work. The site chosen to develop this exercise is placed in the central part of Madrid, in one of its more vibrant neighborhoods, LavapiƩs. On an urban point of view, this situation brings into question the inherent value of these urban voids, plots devoid of function but not of meaning or importance in the urban fabric. The location in vicinity with a wide array of museums and cultural Equipments enforces the relevance of a cultural function to this site.

This Competition is open to all students and professionals of areas related to Architecture, individually or in group up to 4 members. Multidisciplinary teams are encouraged.

Visit the competition site for full details and registration.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Blog Pick :: Arendurance

Blog Pick :: Arendurance
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Arendurance is the unfolding story of a student named Jenny and her adventure through the rigors of preparing for and taking the Architect Registration Examination. She is an intern architect who has her heart set on becoming an architect since the age of seven.

Arendurance is great because it address a stage that we all architecture students will face in our education. Her story is a common chapter in most of our lives and we can relate on many levels. Much like her, I was interested in design at an early age and will be an intern at some point. Her site informs us that we are not alone in the process. We can use the content of her site as an example of what to expect and how to address the future architect registration examination?

Another cool part of the site is the study guides. It is a great resource for graduate students who are planning to take the registration examination or for undergraduates who wish to plan ahead. She posted the guide on the part of the exams that she has passed. For us students that give us clue of what subject that we need to pay close attention to and master during the period of our architectural education.

If you are graduating soon I recommend that you check out this great resource and share with your fellow classmates what you have learn. Have some time to kill between class check it while hanging at the loft it is not only restricted to graduated students? Just like previous sites I have listed and most of the blogs out there this site was created by a student just like us and with us in mind, please take advantage of it.