Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Competition :: Space Prize for International Students of Architecture Design

Competition :: Space Prize for International Students of Architecture Design
Registration Deadline - Monday, September 01, 2014

Politicians, social workers and religious leaders worldwide are currently faced with the challenge of finding peaceful solutions to a host of ideological conflicts.

From ancient times to more recent days, the development of architecture has been intrinsically related to ideological and political issues. Architecture is both a useful tool and a powerful art that can be used to send out a message with plentiful expression. The twentieth century, with its tidal wave in the shifting of political, social and economic powers, gave birth to new urban landscapes and architecture in the aftermath of the war. Critical perspectives on the combative and masculine architectural form that now fill our cities, however, have led to diverse attempts to find a new kind of architecture.

As social power shifts towards the public, a reinterpretation of new powers, and the recreation of an expression of authority in architecture is at hand. The political significance of architecture must shift away from the former supportive role of power and ideology.

Changing consciousness through architecture is possible. Sharing and inhabiting a common space means as much as sharing the same ideology and philosophy of life. Can architecture claim its own powerful sense of ownership to peacefully resolve the conflicts of ideology and religion?

Registration and additional information.

Monday, July 28, 2014

To the Members of the Boston Architectural Community

To the Members of the Boston Architectural Community,

After 17 years of dedicated service to the Boston Architectural College, Ted Landsmark is ending his tenure as president. Julia Halevy, our provost, will serve as acting president while we conduct a comprehensive search for a new president. These changes will take effect immediately.

On behalf of all the trustees, I want to extend my gratitude to Ted for nearly two decades of leadership as BAC’s president. After assuming the presidency in 1997, Ted led the transformation of BAC from a center into an accredited college that today offers eight baccalaureate and master’s degree programs. He worked aggressively to expand our educational offerings online, helping make us one of the premier architectural colleges for distance learning in the U.S. and globally.

Ted’s impact goes well beyond the BAC. In 2006, he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects, which recognizes significant contributions in challenging the architectural profession to meet its responsibilities toward current social issues. Ted has long been a leading advocate for strengthening diversity in the architectural profession, and he significantly expanded diversity among the BAC’s faculty and student body.

The Board is talking with Ted about playing a future role at BAC, and we hope to have an announcement about this soon.

Like many higher education institutions, BAC is facing a number of challenges. We need to continue to attract the best students and strengthen our financial operations, while also working on strategies to ensure a strong future for BAC.  We believe that new leadership will help us address these challenges, and we hope to name a new president during the coming academic year.

In the meantime, Julia has graciously agreed to serve as acting president, and I know you will join the Trustees in wishing her well. She has deep experience integrating theory and practice to produce strong educational outcomes. She also knows how to nurture the entrepreneurial spirit that is essential to non-traditional instruction, while meeting and exceeding the requirements of college accrediting bodies.

This year we celebrate the BAC’s 125th anniversary. For 125 years we have worked to build a better world through design. Our commitment and ability to deliver leading-edge design education will put us in good stead for the next 125 years.


Marc W. Pelletier
Chair, Board of Trustees

Cuba Studio + Seminar Info Session

Cuba Studio + Seminar Info Session
Monday, August 4, 2014 at 7 PM
Fishbowl, 320 Newbury Street

Interested to study in Cuba? The Fall Cuba study abroad studio will count as a 3 credit C1 studio and a History/Theory elective. This meeting will share the course framing, learning outcomes, and answer issues of finances and logistics of travel. Please join us at 7pm on August 4th at
320 Newbury 1st floor conference room if you want to reserve a seat in the Courses!

Contact Kyle.Sturgeon@the-bac.edu to RSVP

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday Projects :: Städel Museum Extension

Sunday Projects :: Städel Museum Extension

Firm: Schneider + Schumacher
Project Location: Frankfurt, Germany

The extension to the museum is placed along the central axis reinstating the historic spatial arrangement. The central foyer and all vertical access are remodelled in order to make the whole building wheelchair accessible. The spaces for special exhibitions are located on the ground floor linked directly with the foyer and the new extension. Administration, the Metzler auditorium and the library are relocated to the west wing. The new space below the garden houses the 20th century art collection. This space is dominated by a gently domed, airy ceiling with circular roof lights. The domed ceiling is a prominent feature in the topography of the garden above and resembles a land art object. Due to its compact underground building volume, the type of heating and cooling and the large heat storage capacity create an optimal room climate with minimal energy consumption...

More information and additional images.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Student Services Office Closed 07.23.14

Student Services OfficesClosed 07.23.14

Student Services (Bursar, Financial Aid, Registrar) will be closed Wednesday, July 23, 2014 due to their office relocation. The offices will be available Thursday by phone and email and will open to walk-in traffic on Friday, July 25, 2014.

Student Services new location is the Basement level of 951 Boylston Street accessed by the elevator.

Fall 2014 BAC Studio & Workshop Lottery

Spring 2014 BAC Studio & Workshop Lottery
Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 from 6-7:30 pm
320 Newbury Street, Cascieri Hall, 2nd Floor

Attending Studio Lottery is required for architecture students selecting Segment II studios or design workshops. If you are taking ARCH 1 or ARCH 2 (New curriculum), this does not apply.

Additionally, please note:
  • Interior Architecture students do not participate.
  • Architecture Foundation Students (Segment I) do not participate
  • Lottery results will be available online the next day, through the Student Life Blog. We will have a quick turnaround between the lottery and registration this year – so Please check the blog first before enrolling in other classes!

What happens at Studio Lottery?
We will briefly discuss the crossovers and course options for classic curriculum students and new curriculum students.

Instructors briefly present their studios and workshops. Students then meet with instructors to determine their top choices. Students complete forms and hand them directly to Kyle Sturgeon or Karen Nelson. The registrar will automatically register students for the assigned studio [if you completed mail-in registration]. Students should not try to drop the course and add another; they will be prevented from adding/changing studios without Kyle’s permission.


How to choose a Core studio or Workshop?

Classic Curriculum
Every architecture student is required to complete (4) Core studios and (1) Workshop in Segment II.  At least one studio must be a C1 and one must be a C2. C1 studios are focused on conceptual production as well as methodological approaches to design and argument, resulting in schematic design proposals.  C2 studios focus on building systems and material assemblies and arrive at a resolved building design proposal. It is strongly recommended that students entering Segment II begin with a C1 studio. Graduate students may elect to take any studio section (even if it is a Bachelor studio); while undergraduates may only take undergraduate studios. Students should balance what interests them with what they need to work on towards a complete portfolio submission.

New Curriculum
Students Who have taken ARCH 1 or ARCH 2 will notice eligible studios cross-referenced as ARCH 3, ARCH 4, or XDS (Advanced Interdisciplinary). These courses satisfy the next studios in your curriculum.

How does the Lottery work?
Lottery is based on Segment II studio seniority. If a student has completed (3) Core Studios, then the student will likely get his/her first or second choice. If a student is taking the first C studio, then the student is not likely to get her first or second choice. After seniority, reasons written why a student wants to study with a particular instructor are considered – please include relevant information to this regard on your selection sheet. Make certain to say so on the lottery preference form. If a student wishes to study with a friend, this should also be included on the sheet.

Missed it?
If you are unable to attend the Fall 2014 Studio Lottery, please contact Director Kyle Sturgeon for information on submitting your studio selections via email. All course descriptions for Segment II studios and workshops will be available by August 2nd online through Self-Service, or via email by contacting Kyle Sturgeon.

Student Summer Project :: Week #9

Student Summer Project :: Week #9

Excited to be done with school for the summer but are looking for something design related to do? Want to keep your drawing skills on point? Do you want to show off how awesome you are? Well here is your chance!  Student Life and BACBlog would like to introduce the brainchild of your fellow student, Courtney Walsworth, the Student Summer Project!

Here's how it works:
  1. Each week this summer (Wednesday morning) there will be a topic/subject given,
  2. Draw what it says,
  3. Submit a picture of your drawing to studentlife@the-bac.edu by the following Sunday,
  4. Said picture gets posted to the Student Life Facebook page and BACBlog,
  5. People "like" the drawings they like best on Facebook,
  6. You get a chance to win things (gift cards, BAC merch, and more)!
Week #9 Topic:
Contour drawing (don't look at your paper)


Previous Topics
Week 8 - Study a poorly designed space, call out what makes needs to be improved
Week 7 - Study of structural support
Week 6 - Study of Light and Shade in a space
Week 5 - Human/s interacting with technology
Week 4 - Two point perspective of an exterior space
Week 3 - One point perspective of an interior space
Week 2 - An exterior landscape that you see every day
Week 1 - Single object, add in a call out showing the texture

Summer 2014 Campus Clean-Out

Summer 2014 Campus Clean-Out

All studios and lockers across campus must be cleared out by Wednesday, July 30 at 10:30pm. Any materials and personal belongings left will be disposed of. Facilities will begin clearing out studios and lockers at 8:00am on July 31.

For questions contact Student Life at studentlife@the-bac.edu.

100 Mass Ave Yard Sale :: Everything Must Go!

100 Mass Ave Yard Sale :: Everything Must Go!
Friday, July 25, 2014 from 9 AM - 5 PM

The last phase of staff moves will take place tomorrow. Thanks to all for your patience during this process. Once we have cleared all of the furniture required for staff/ classroom relocations we will have surplus items that will need to find a new home.

On Friday, July 25 from 9:00AM-5:00PM we will unlock rooms at 100 Mass. Ave. 3rd, 4th and 5th floors. Any  items in those unlocked rooms are surplus and available for you to take home if you wish. There will be no charge for anything you want to take home that day. Anything remaining will be disposed of in an eco-friendly manner.

So here are the rules:
  • Any unlocked room that you see something in that you want, tag it and take it away.
  • The item(s) must be removed between 9:00-5:00 on Friday only. After that date it will be gone.
  • No Facilities department help will be available for you to move, lift, pack or otherwise handle the items.
  • The Facilities department will have a staff member available to operate the freight elevator for you, as the passenger elevator will not be available for moving items.
  • Enjoy what you take home.

Competition :: NEXT BIG ONE

Competition :: NEXT BIG ONE
Registration Deadline - Sunday, August 31, 2014

“NEXT BIG ONE” – an international open ideas competition organized by the Architecture for Humanity Vancouver Chapter – raises awareness on the high-magnitude earthquake and tsunami events that plague cities around the world. The competition calls upon the design community to offer fresh perspectives and innovative ideas in designing for disasters.

The challenge of this single-stage open-ideas competition is to propose an innovative design solution that can mitigate natural disasters while simultaneously providing permanence for the community. The proposal must satisfy the following criteria:
  1. Exemplify INNOVATION in disaster design,
  2. Promote COMMUNITY RESILIENCY before and after disasters,
  3. Meet the MULTI-HAZARD PARAMETERS for the worst-case scenario.

Design Professional Award: CAD$3000
The Bing Thom Emerging Designers Award: CAD$1500
Winners and Honorable Mentions will be announced on our website as well as social media outlets.

August 31, 2014 - Registration & FAQ Deadline
September 30, 2014 - Submission Deadline
October 31, 2014 - Winners Announced

Open to all designers (professional or student). Team collaboration is encouraged, but limited to 4 people per team.


Design Professionals - CAD$60
Emerging Designers (Student) - CAD$30