Thursday, April 24, 2014

Summer 2014 Liberal Studies & History/Theory Summer Offerings

Summer 2014 Liberal Studies & History/Theory Summer Offerings 
Registration begins May 5th

Humanities elective:
-ART1002 Writing Poems

Arts elective:
-ARTxxx Graphic Design

Ideas & Design:

-AS7202 Global & Local: Tenuously Inhabiting a Post-Place World

Research Curriculum:
-FND1002 Critical Reading and Research 2
-FND3001 Design Theory & Inquiry
-SSH1099 Independent Study Seminar

History/ Theory:
-HT(7)115 Architecture and Design History A
-HT(7)120 Architecture and Design History B

It's Time To Plan For Summer & Fall Courses


It is time to meet with your Academic Advisor to plan for SUMMER and FALL CLASSES!  Rather than feeling rushed just before registration, get a head start with your planning now.

Please contact your Academic Advisor directly to schedule a meeting by emailing:

Jordan Dixon at:
Nickie Johnson at:
Karen Keough at:
Christina Liu at:

You may also contact Advising by calling 617-585-0160 or emailing to schedule an appointment.  

We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Free Yoga with Instructor Karuna O'Donnell

Free Yoga with Instructor Karuna O'Donnell
Saturday April 26, 2014 from 2-3 pm
Saturday May 3, 2014 from 2-3 pm
Room 307, 320 Newbury St, 3rd Floor

All BAC students are welcome to attend FREE 60 minute yoga classes, brought to you by Atelier, your Student Government. Yoga mats will be provided for participants to use during the classes.

You will learn to move your body with your breath, stay present on your mat and gather strength and energy from the inside out.

This class is accessible to students of all levels - from beginners to seasoned practitioners. Move through the end of the semester with purpose, and go into finals feeling refreshed, renewed and ready for what comes next.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Exeter Library and Zimmerman House Tour

AIAS BAC :: Exeter Library and Zimmerman House Tour
Saturday, April 26, 2014
RSVP by Friday, April 25, 2014 by 9 pm

If you have never been to a “Kahn” or “Wright” building this is your chance to experience both! Join AIAS BAC on a day trip to see two architectural masterpieces.

We have three cars ready to go and 10 spots are available. The tour of the Zimmerman House will be FREE for all BAC students that attend (thanks to Atelier sponsorship!).

The cost for transportation will be $15.00/student in cash or check on the morning of the trip.

The schedule for the field trip is as follows:
-9 - 9:30 am - Group Meet-Up at the BAC at 320 Newbury Lobby
-9:30 - 11 am - Drive to Exeter Library
-11 am - 1 pm - Explore the Exeter Library
-1:15 - 2:15 pm - Lunch Time
-2:30 - 3 pm - Drive to the Zimmerman House
-3:30 - 5 pm - Zimmerman House Tour and Museum Visit
-5:15 - 6:30 pm - Drive back to the BAC

Deadline to RSVP is Friday, April 25th at 9 pm EST. Please go to to register for the event.

Please contact AIAS BAC at if you have any questions.

Free 10 Minute Chair Massages

Free 10 Minute Chair Massages
Sunday May 4, 2014 from 6-8 pm and
Sunday May 11, 2014 from 6-8 pm
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury St, 2nd Floor

Atelier is bringing in Chair Massages for all current BAC students, free of cost, on Sunday, May 4 from 6-8 pm and Sunday May 11 from 6-8 pm!

Our licensed massage therapists will allow you to de-stress so you are able to work on your finals with a clear mind.

Sign ups will begin at 4:45 pm on both days in Cascieri Hall. Massages are in 10-minute intervals, and the massages are first come, first serve, with a maximum of one session per person.

Community Practice :: Temporary Installations

Community Practice :: Temporary Installations

Community Practice students have transformed the spaces in and around the BAC Campus with temporary installations, interventions, and speculative reconfigurations.

Students, staff, and visitors are welcome to visit the site of each exhibit, which may be complete or in various stages of construction. Feedback is welcome – email your questions or comments to

Sites and Teams:
  1. 320 Newbury Street Entry  [Teams:  Small Design, Darwin Design + Build, Atypical Design, I.C.E.]
  2. 320 Newbury Stairs/Practice Department  [Teams:  4 Guys 1 Girl, re:Create, Candela, building bonobos]
  3. Loft/Casc. Hall/2nd Floor  [Teams:  In A Nutshell, inq bloq, Re:Cast, EDUK-T]
  4. Basement/Gallery/Advising  [Teams:  The Transformers, 320design, 45° Studio, GreenBean]
  5. 320 Newbury, 4th/5th Floors/Mass Ave/Beyond  [Teams:  JEM_PAC, Helix, Lotus, MBD3]

PARTI 2014

PARTI 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014 from 7 - 11 pm
The Colonnade, Huntington Ballroom and Foyer
120 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116
Purchase Tickets Here

In celebration of the 125th anniversary of the BAC, the theme for PARTI 2014 is ‘Time Lapse.’

This event is an opportunity to look back at how student culture has evolved over the years, to reflect on how far we have come, and to use this newly established tradition to celebrate what it is to be a current and past BAC student.

Atelier and the BAC Archives will showcase a visual history of the growth of BAC culture to where it is today. PARTI is themed this year to celebrate the rich past and present that is Boston Architectural College.

Please join us for a two hour cocktail reception and a live band, followed by a guest DJ and dancing for the rest of the night. There will be passed appetizers and a cash-only bar.

Ticket Prices
BAC Students (Fall 2013/Spring 2014) - Free
Student Plus One - $25
Alumni, Trustees, Instructors, Staff - $75

Come celebrate what it means to be a member of the design community at the Boston Architectural College. We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, April 21, 2014

What's Your Story? :: Cameron, Lucca, Daniel, and Unnumbered Sparks

Photo courtesy of Lucca Townsend

What's Your Story? :: Cameron, Lucca, Daniel, and Unnumbered Sparks
By Rose Brakesman, Master of Architecture Candidate

“When we find out about a project we let our minds’ wander about what should actually be there,” and the fun begins for three BAC students who are working in the studio of local sculptor Janet Echelman. The studio focuses on public art and urban transformation. Lucca Townsend says that her favorite part of the process is the brainstorming and idea generation. Somebody throws an idea out, then another and another, generating ideas and discarding them, finding what works for the particular place.

Likewise Daniel Zeese loves the iterative design process, and he has been working in Janet Echleman’s Studio for two years.

The Studio makes giant suspended net installations. Recently, Cameron Chateauneuf, Lucca Townsend and Daniel Zeese all contributed to the final design of the 745 foot installation that went on display in Vancouver, Canada in March 2014. Check out the below. The design underwent many changes and one of the challenges was working with specially designed software to digitally model the nets.

The software is brand new and the design complex, so when it was being modeled the designers would actually have to sit and wait for the “net to drop” before moving to the next iteration. Sometimes the software wouldn’t even be all the way through modeling before they were back in there adjusting the design. And unlike CAD or any of the software we use in school regularly, you can’t just do an internet search for how to use it. This software was specifically designed to model the nets, so it’s either contact the software designer at Autodesk or figure it out, if possible.

The roles and responsibilities of these practicing students are varied; brainstorming ideas for new projects, software design iteration and even helping to create a TEDtalk. For only a few minutes of video a huge amount of back-of-house work gets done. Syncing video with the speaker’s words and finding a concise way to get the message across are some of the many tasks.

One of the largest challenges in making giant net art is actually managing the installation. Most of the designs are installed in a square or plaza which requires a complex series of negotiations. The net is anchored to an adjacent building (one owner), then another building (another owner). Somebody owns the plaza and somebody else owns the air rights-the air above the plaza! Daniel says that while working with so many different parties is a challenge, it’s rewarding too. It allows him to get all these different people excited about the project, and actually seeing 700 feet of art installed in open air is a whole other level of satisfaction.

Photo courtesy of Lucca Townsend

During spring break all three traveled to Vancouver, BC to see the installation of Echelman Studio’s most recent project. Lucca spent months modeling the net, but it was still a beautiful and new experience for her to see it move with the wind. There is something infinitely satisfying about the culmination of all that work and effort, and while the three were out exploring the city, they mentioned walking around and catching glimpses of it again and again.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Boston Marathon Spectator Guide

Boston Marathon Spectator Guide

Are you planning on going out and supporting the runners of the 2014 Boston Marathon? Be sure to check out this spectators guide! The 2014 Boston Marathon Spectator Guide contains information about the schedule of events, AT&T Athlete Alert, viewing the Boston Marathon, parking, our Family Meeting Area and much more. Know what to bring and what not to bring.

More detailed information from the BAA for marathon spectators.

Sunday Projects :: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - Central Terminal B

Sunday Projects :: Sacramento International Airport (SMF) - Central Terminal B

Firm: Corgan
Project Location: Sacramento, CA

Central Terminal B is the new centerpiece of  Sacramento International Airport, reflecting the sense of identity that is the Sacramento Region. The terminal positions the airport for projected long term growth, with future expansion incorporating additional gates and converting the existing Terminal A to an airside concourse linked to the central terminal by a second APM. The plan provides accommodation of growth well beyond the year 2050 through development of additional airside concourses. The design approach for Terminal B recognized the constraints of new development within the existing terminal area by providing a solution that allowed construction of the terminal in a single phase, saving time and money.

More information and photos.