Friday, October 24, 2014

Blog Pick:: take over time

Blog Pick:: take over time
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

take over time is a tumblr site that offers a break from reading. As a student, sometimes I get tired of reading since I have to do a lot for my courses.

take over time is a growing collection of visual inspiration by James Edward Bennett, a designer in New Zealand. take over time has an industrial perspective which is really cool. Most of the posts are of interiors with an industrial touch. This blog is maintained by someone who really understands design.

So if you're tired of reading, but want to see some cool designs, take some time to click around on take over time.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NSO Ambassadors Needed

The Boston Architectural College is seeking highly-motivated, friendly students to serve as Student Ambassadors for New Student Orientation (NSO).

Candidates need to be available the following dates:

  • Student Ambassador Training - Tuesday January 6 from 6-7 pm
  • New Student Orientations - Thursday January 8 + Friday January 9

NSO is designed to expose incoming students to the BAC experience and design community via: firm visits, design exercises, and social events. Current students are needed to facilitate these efforts and serve as Student Ambassadors to the BAC.

Student Ambassadors are expected to:

  • Be in good academic standing with a 3.0 minimum GPA;
  • Be connected with Practice, although not necessarily in a position for Practice credit;
  • Have completed at least two semesters at the BAC;
  • Attend the Student Ambassador Training (date listed above);
  • Commit to both NSO sessions (dates listed above; 1st day from 8 am-7 pm AND 2nd day from 8 am-5 pm);
  • Sign a contract for the position, to be financially compensated.

To apply, please submit an application (see jpg above) + resume to Applications are due on Friday November 21 at 5 pm. Interviews will be conducted prior to the end of the semester.

For more information, email Meredith Spinnato, Associate Director of Admissions.

BAC ID Cards

Current students, faculty, and staff needing a BAC ID card may get one in the BAC Library on the following dates: Monday October 20, 2014 - Friday October 31, 2014 during the Library's hours.

Replacement cost for lost or stolen IDS is $10 (cash only). | 617.585.0155 |

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

November 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 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.