Friday, March 27, 2015

Scholarship :: AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship

AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship
Apply by: 4.22.15

The AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship provides assistance to high school graduates, college freshmen, and community college students from a minority and/or financially disadvantaged background who intend to pursue a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture.
We are now accepting applications via SlideRoom for the 2015 AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship.  Please visit the 2015 AIA/F Diversity Advancement Scholarship web page for more information, including eligibility requirements.  Applications and all supporting documentation must be completed in SlideRoom no later than 11:59 PM on Wednesday, April 22nd.

Questions may be addressed to

Blog Pick :: Visualizing Architecture

Blog Pick :: Visualizing Architecture
Written by: Philip Reville, M. Arch Candidate

The world of rendering has exploded in the past decade. We’ve come a long way from the early days of CAD models, and the discussion now seems to have moved to a concern over whether renderings might even be too realistic. However you look at it, the ability to create high quality renderings is something we will all come face to face with at some point in our careers as designers. Alex Hogrefe, creator of Visualizing Architecture has sought to share his wealth of knowledge in the realm of rendering.  He created this site as a part of his own M. Arch thesis work at the Miami University in Ohio, but it has since evolved into somewhat of a manual for all things rendering… SketchUp and Photoshop rendering... Only.

For those of us who know programs like Rhino and Revit, this may seem like a step backwards, but take a look at some of his shared work and I’m sure you’ll be convinced otherwise.  Using only SketchUp models and the tools available in PhotoShop, Hogrefe creates incredibly compelling renderings, like the one pictured here of a night scene of a proposed Boston Culture Center.

The site contains a multitude of tutorials divided categorically into Fundamentals, Styles/Effects, Final Moves, and Other Tutorials. From “Adding People” to visualizing “X-Ray”, there is a great breadth available, and he updates and adds tutorials regularly. Each tutorial usually contains a YouTube video walking you through the particular process as well as explicit step-by-step on-screen instructions.

These tutorials are pretty foolproof and comprehensive, and Hogrefe has showcased a huge collection of “visitor” work largely based on the work of people who have followed his tutorials.  There are also great examples of his own work… some of which he is selling, if you are that impressed by his work!

Whether you are new to rendering entirely, you’re a bit rusty, or you want to learn some tricks and improve your own skills, there is definitely something on Visualizing Architecture that you could learn from.  Take a look at the site - your renderings might just need a reality check.

AsiaGSD Public Lecture :: MAD ARCHITECTS

What: AsiaGSD Public Lecture :: MAD ARCHITECTS
When: Wed., 4.1.2015; 6:30 - 8pm
Where: Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall, 48 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Founded by Chinese architect Ma Yansong in 2004, MAD Architects is a global architecture firm committed to developing futuristic, organic, technologically advanced designs that embody a contemporary interpretation of the Eastern affinity for nature. With its core design philosophy of Shanshui City – a vision for the city of the future based in the spiritual and emotional needs of residents – MAD endeavors to create a balance between humanity, the city, and the environment.

Dixon is Associate Partner at MAD Architects’ Los Angeles Office. This is Dixon’s second stint with MAD, having acted as Head of Operations for their Beijing office from 2008 to 2011. Dixon helped to conceptualize and organize the firm’s installation in partnership with Olafur Eliasson, “Feelings are Facts” at UCCA. Since returning to MAD in 2014, Dixon has project managed the firm’s first US Project, a commission for mixed-use complex with luxury condominiums in Beverly Hills. He is the Los Angeles office’s leader, managing operations, projects, and overall strategy.



Blog Pick :: An Urban Cottage

Blog Pick :: An Urban Cottage
Re-blog by: Steve Marcelin, BArch Candidate

An Urban Cottage is a blog, started in 2010, by a man that purchased an 1842 Greek Revival cottage in Boston and decide to renovate it. The blog takes us thought the journey as it is being renovated and furnished. I wish I knew about this blog when I took my Materials and Methods course!

Everything is posted on this blog -- from wall details to the techniques that he used to stain his floor, and the choice of lighting for the home. Because of the detail that he posted, when you read his blog, you feel like you are part of the experience. The posts demonstrate his passion for the house and reviving it.

Photo From An Urban Cottage
One of my favorite posts is about a time capsule that he buried in the foundation. He put an iPod mini, a blueprint of the house with the work that he did, a bottle of cold brewed coffee, and several other items inside the capsule.

By reading this post, readers can start to see how important the house is to him. Burying a time capsule with pictures and blueprints of the 1840 Greek cottage is a powerful statement. A time capsule usually contains valuable memories in your life or significant items of the time, and he specifically chose the blueprints to be one of the items to bury.

Photo From An Urban Cottage
Another post that fascinated me is when he talked about renewing his porch. In the post he talks about how he wanted to maintain the Greek style of the cottage and did not want railings in between the columns.

I find myself learning more and more with each post. For instance, I did not know that any porch that is less than 29 inches off the ground, does not required railing. If you bleach wood, in order to make the bleach neutral, you need to apply baking soda to it. All of the things that he learned while renovating the home are things that can and will come useful when when doing your own home projects.

I suggest checking out An Urban Cottage to get inspiration for your home projects, to learn more about Greek Revival homes, and to gain insight into historic preservation and restoration.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015-2016 Green Team Elections

The BAC Green Team endeavors to take student initiative by promoting sustainable practices across the college, the Professional Arts Consortium, and the immediate community.

Their mission is to foster interest, enhance education, and provide implementable strategies that all stakeholders can participate in toward a healthier culture of environmental, economical, and social stewardship.

They pledge to consider the social, economic, and environmental impacts of our habits and explore ways in which to live, work, and study more sustainably during their time at the BAC and beyond.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, there are four positions available:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Marketing Outreach
  • Digital Media
  • Meeting Coordinator
For more information about these positions, please click the image above. For more information about candidate eligibility, please click the image below.

IIDA :: Portfolio Day 2015

Date: March 27th, 2015 | 8:30AM-1:00PM
Location: Boston Design Center, Floor 2 Pop-Up-Café | 1 Design Center Place, Boston MA

Meet one-on-one with three senior design professionals!

On Friday, March 27th, IIDA New England will be hosting the 4th annual Interior Design Student Portfolio Review.

  • Bring your portfolio for an insightful review with three senior design professionals
  • Enter for a chance to win exciting prizes awarded to the best portfolios
  • Learn tips on interview skills and public speaking with an Interactive Workshop introduction
More information on the IIDA Website

2015-2016 Atelier Elections

Atelier is YOUR Student Government at Boston Architectural College. Atelier's mission is to foster communication between the BAC administration and the student body, to emphasize and promote professional and social aspects of student activities on and off campus, and to foster fellowship, cooperation, and unity between and among BAC students and organizations.

Atelier is one of the best ways to get involved in the school's happenings, connect with other students, and learn the inner workings of the school and of your education.

The following positions are open for the 2015-2016 academic year:
-Vice President
-Student Representatives (5 positions)

Candidate Eligibility Criteria
-Current BAC Student who has been enrolled in degree programs at the BAC for a minimum of two consecutive semesters prior to taking office.
-Be in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
-Must not be an officer of another recognized student organization on campus by the first day of the semester in which your term begins.
-Must maintain Practice compliance. All modes of Practice assessment, such as skill level, must be up to date.
-Candidates must not be delayed in the portfolio review sequence and schedule, meaning a student's path to graduation is not being delayed by the submission or re-submission of a portfolio.
-President - Candidates for the President position must have served at least one full term as an elected member of Atelier prior to running for President.

Nominations Must Include:

  • Name of Nominee
  • Desired Position
  • Degree Program of Nominee
  • Semester at the BAC
  • 100 word maximum nomination statement, stating your interest in being involved with Atelier
  • Headshot photo of yourself

Please send your nominations to Nominations are due Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9 am.

2015-2016 BAC NOMAS Elections

The BAC's student chapter of NOMAS - the National Organization for Minority Architecture Students - is holding elections for the 2015-2016 academic year.

The following officer positions are available for 2015-2016:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Public Relations
  • Treasurer.

Click the image above to read about position descriptions and eligibility.

To declare your candidacy, please submit the following to by Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9 am:

  • Name
  • Degree program
  • Semester at the BAC
  • Desired Position
  • 50-100 word nomination statement
  • Professional photo of yourself.

2015-2016 SASLA Elections

The BAC's SASLA (Student American Society of Landscape Architects) Chapter represents the landscape architecture students at the BAC, to the local community, and nationally through the American Society of Landscape Architects.

SASLA is about building community, extending opportunities to learn about the field of landscape architecture and related skills, and establishing a forum to promote and integrate the ideas and applications of landscape architecture.

For the 2015-2016 academic year, there are four positions available:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary

For more information about these positions, please click the image above. For more information about candidate eligibility, please click the image below.

2015-2016 AIAS Elections

It's time for the BAC's AIAS Chapter to hold elections for the 2015-2016 Executive Board!

This year there are 5 positions available:

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • BSA Student Liaison

For more information about these positions, please click the image above. For more information on eligibility, please click the image below.

These positions are a great opportunity to not only gain critical leadership skills needed in the profession today, but also enable you to become actively involved with the architectural community on the local, regional, and national levels, which in turn allow you to expand your network, gain a deeper insight into the field, and evolve as a designer.

To declare your candidacy, please submit the following to by Monday, April 6, 2015 at 9 am:

-Name of Nominator (your name)
-Name of Nominee (who you are nominating)
-Degree Program of Nominee (if known)
-Nominee's semester at the BAC (if known)
-Desired Position
-100 Word Nomination Statement
-Professional photo of yourself.