Wednesday, October 22, 2014

BAC Halloween Extravaganza

BAC Halloween Extravaganza
Thursday, October 30, 2014

- The 4th Floor of 320 Newbury will be decorated and the 4th Floor staff will be in costume

-Tweet a picture of you in your costume to @bacstudentlife for a chance to win a gift certificate!

-Trick or Treat in the following locations throughout the day: Academic Services, Education Center, Institutional Advancement, Practice Department, 320 Newbury Front Desk

Organized by the Office of Student Life and Education Administration

BAC Timeline

Just in time for the BAC's 125th Anniversary, we release the BAC Timeline. It covers 125 years of the BAC and was written by the BAC Archivist.

There is a spot for comments at the bottom of the page where you are able to give feedback.

BAC Policies and Community Standards

The BAC wants to ensure that you know and understand the policies of the institution, as well as the community standards to which we are each held.

The BAC Catalog is your guide to the policies of the BAC. If you have a question about an item that you cannot find in the catalog, please let us know.

In addition, the BAC Campus Compact will let you know the standards that we are all held to as part of the BAC community. These standards are in place to help ensure that we have a safe and productive educational environment.

If you have any questions, please email the Dean of Students,, or Assistant Dean of Students,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Competition :: CLŪE

Competition :: CLŪE
Registration Deadline - Friday, January 30, 2015

Imagine lighting in areas of transition where these interfaces, through their exchange of functions, provide added value and become "space events" or "spatial objects", which contribute to the richness of the territories.

This year’s participants are asked to explore transformative potentials and to define unique lighting innovations that celebrate the activities of both the built and unbuilt communities. Incorporating the concepts of contact, transparency, transition, threshold, limits, dark/light, natural/artificial, the interface focuses on the spatial interactions influenced by exchanges between one and the other, and thereby distinguishing the two adjacent spaces.

Visit the competition website for full details and registration.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gallery Exhibition :: Convergence

Gallery Exhibition :: Convergence
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

In honor of the first annual Homecoming of the Boston Architectural College, the McCormick Gallery has a new exhibit - Convergence. BAC alumni were contacted and given a chance to display their professional work.

Many projects were submitted and the exhibit jury reviewed each project submission. The jury consisted of:

  • Karen Nelson, Head, School of Architecture
  • Russel Feldman, Overseer Emeritus
  • Stephen Messinger, M.Arch '11
  • Rayford Law, BAC Instructor
  • Cheryl Wolfe, BAC Thesis Instructor
  • Sarah Ritch, Co-Chair Alumni Exhibit
  • Richard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students.

The BAC has many successful graduates, and many of them have branched to different areas of design. The exhibit features alumni from as early as the 1960s, through more recent alumni. While viewing the exhibit, you begin to notice the evolution of the curriculum at the BAC. Submissions from alumni who graduated after the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs were introduced at the BAC, are less about built space, and incorporate different forms of design (installations, furniture, art).

My favorite project from the gallery is the Sacred Heart University Chapel in Fairfield, CT. The chapel is a beautifully built form with an open layout, and a roof that is constructed to showcase tectonics. The design team chose very attractive materials for the project. The glass, lighting and wood are visually poetic - the glass allows visual connection to the landscape inside, the wood and lighting used is warm and welcoming.

Three BAC alumni at Sasaki Associates worked on the project:
  • Katherine  M. Bell, B.Arch 1995
  • Colin Booth, B.Arch 2010
  • Jonathan Grant Scott, B.Arch 2011.

I chose to attend and stay at the BAC because of the community that I see between my peers. Seeing a project built by a BAC design team, proves to me that collaboration doesn't stop after graduation.

The idea behind the exhibit was to showcase the great work of our alumni, and show students what they can do with their BAC education after graduation. By looking at the exhibit, you can learn about the history of the College and get to know the hallmarks of the designers.

The success of the exhibit as part of Homecoming has sparked talk of future alumni exhibits. One day I hope to see my work, and the work of my classmates on the gallery walls.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

November First Friday

October First Friday
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm
Mass Ave Tavern, 94 Mass Ave, Boston

All current BAC students are invited to join in for First Friday on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Mass Ave Tavern for FREE appetizers!

Reconnect with your fellow students, make new connections, and meet new friends! All ages welcome.

Hosted this month by NOMAS and sponsored by Atelier, YOUR Student Government.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adeline Graves Fournier Prize

Adeline Graves Fournier Prize
Submission Deadline - Monday, November 17, 2014

Adeline (Ada) Graves was a graduate and long-standing supporter of the BAC and a dedicated and caring friend of many generations of BAC students.  The Adeline Graves Fournier Prize was established in 1997 at the Boston Architectural College by her husband, Joseph Fournier, and her family.  This prize honors her great enthusiasm for life and art.

This prize rewards a meritorious student who demonstrates creativity, integrity, a sense of humor, and love of drawing in all aspects.

$600 will be awarded to the first place recipient and $400 will be awarded to the second place recipient.

To apply, students must:
  • Be enrolled in any degree program at the BAC
  • Be in Segment I, II, or III and in good academic standing
  • Have not previously won this prize
  • Submit one current sketchbook with their freehand drawings, illustrating work and impressions gained while attending the BAC. Work from previous schools should not be included. Work cannot be done on a computer.
Please submit your sketchbook to Sarah Hoen, Student Services Coordinator, Scholarships & Awards by 6 pm on Monday, November 17, 2014. You may drop them off to the Student Services office at 951 Boylston Street.  Please contact Sarah at if you have any questions.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Pick:: Fast Company's Co.Design

Blog Pick :: Fast Company's Co.Design
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Fast Company's Co.Design is a daily exploration of the marriage of business and design, from architecture to product design, to fashion. The site gives inspirational stories about innovation and business as they pertain to design.

This site is great because the content is presented in a fun way. Sometimes I get so invested in my academic work that I need to look at something different, yet that is still related to design. Much of the writing on Co.Design looks to the future of the design world, which I think is great. A lot of design sites look to the past with reverence, but Co.Design isn't looking at what's already been done - it is looking to what will be done next.

Co.Design does just that. One example of a fun post about how you can use AutoCAD to illustrate how to mix more than 70 cocktails.

While there are fun articles, the site also tackles important topics such as why you're losing a design proposal, or why it is so hard to make a decent architecture film. As designers we must look into learning more than graphics and software - we must think about how our profession is portrayed in other mediums.

For inspiration, fun, and innovation, check out Co.Design.

Commodore Builders Construction Tour

Commodore Builders Construction Tour
Friday, October 24, 9am – 12pm

Join Practice and Commodore Builders for a site visit to two large projects currently under construction. Each site tour will highlight design and construction challenges. Representatives from Commodore will discuss the use of BIM and the coordination of integrated project delivery. These are rugged, working sites. Participants will be required to wear boots.

Space is limited.  RSVP to to reserve a spot on the tour. 

IDS Meet and Greet with Randy Fiser

IDS Meet and Greet with Randy Fiser
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6pm
The Loft, 320 Newbury

Attention Interior Architecture students! Randy Fiser, the Executive Vice President & CEO of the American Society of Interior Designers, is coming to our campus on Monday, November 3rd.  You are invited to attend a student MEET + GREET in the Loft on 11/3/2014 from 6 pm to 7:15 pm.

This is your opportunity to hear directly from Randy on where the organization is going as well as to share your concerns as a student member. You will also have a chance to learn more about how to become an ASID member and how to get involved in the Boston interior design Community.

Please RSVP via email to by Monday 10.27.2014