Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Scholarship :: Zebra Safe Driver

The Zebra Safe Driver Scholarship
Scholarship Website

Submit by: August 31, 2015

The Moment it all Changed: Why I Stopped Texting & Driving

So we want to know, students: What did that moment look like for you? Did you hear or witness a story that touched you? Did a particularly sharp point of data whip your right-brained self into the proper perspective?

Tell us, in a well-developed essay of 500 – 1,000 words: What was the moment that you decided to stop texting and driving, knowing once and for all that you would stick to it? And why was this moment the one it all changed for you?


  • Selected winner(s) will be awarded a check for $500.
  • Applications must be received no later than 11:59pm CST on August 31, 2015.
  • Essays will be reviewed by a panel of editorial and insurance experts.
  • Winner(s) will be selected and notified by e-mail by September 15, 2015.
  • Winning essays will be published on Quoted, The Zebra’s premier online news publication.


  • Send essay to
  • With your submission, please include your name, address, phone number, and a copy of your current transcript.

BAC Alumni and Friends Explore Cuba

View of Cuba; Photo by Madison Dye

Group Travels to Experience Unique Architecture and Rich History

This summer, 18 alumni and friends of the BAC embarked on a voyage to explore Cuban architecture. BAC travelers learned about the unique styles and design of the country's architectural history as well as the restoration trades.

Exploring Cuba's architecture has become a tradition at the Boston Architectural College. In 2001, as part of the College's "Program for the Américas," the BAC began to study Cuba. Then, in 2002, following investigations and research, the BAC invited members of its larger community to travel to Havana, Las Terrazas, Matanzas, and Varadero to study the country's culture and architecture. The group spent 10 days sketching, photographing, and maintaining journals while also meeting representatives of some of the country's institutions devoted to the arts. The recent 2015 trip was a relaunch of this educational exchange in Cuba, building on the College's past experiences there.

The group experienced Cuba's architecture—detailed, colorful, and bright—first-hand through visits to prominent cultural sites. Guests explored the four main squares in Old Havana: Plaza de Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Asís, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza de la Catedral. They also visited many of the prominent monuments in Havana, including the elaborate mausoleums of the Cementerio de Cristóbal Colón; the beautiful rose-colored Casa de la Amistad, designed by Rene Lalique; and the Finca Vigía, Ernest Hemingway's permanent residence, which has been restored and turned into a museum, preserving his personal articles and papers.

To see photos from the trip, visit our Flickr album

Boston’s Cheapest and Most Expensive Neighborhoods to Rent


Despite a dip in rent prices, Boston’s apartment market remained the 3rd most expensive city in the country this past quarter, as one bedroom rents fell 2.2% to $2,230, while two bedrooms similarly dipped 3.3% to $2,600. When looking at asking rents for a one bedroom apartment, only San Francisco ($3,500) and NYC ($3,100) were higher priced in the period.

At a neighborhood level, the most expensive areas for a one bedroom were located in D Street – West Broadway ($3,120), the areas surrounding MIT ($3,090), and Downtown Boston ($3,065). More affordable areas were found in Allston ($1,750), Columbus Park/Andrew Square ($1,670), and Winter Hill ($1,605).

If you’re interested in seeing how Boston stacks up to the rest of the United States, view our National Rent Report for July, which analyzes over 1 million active listings available in the prior month.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Talk One-2-One :: Work/Life Balance Month

Talk One-2-One :: Work/Life Balance Month

For the month of August, the Office of Student Life will be posting and discussing one of the many FREE services that Talk One-2-One provides to BAC students: Work/Life Balance tips

Talk One-2-One provides easy access to qualified counselors who are skilled in helping students manage simple and complex issues, including:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Personal relationships (roommate, peers, dating)
  • Family problems (including divorce, illness, sibling concerns)
  • Financial worries/concerns
  • Alcohol abuse/binge drinking
  • Substance abuse
  • Homesickness
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-injury
  • Work/academic/life balance

Keep checking back on the BAC Blog to read up on Work/Life Balance tips, resources, and tools that you can use to ensure a stress-free life both at home and at work!  For now, we recommend exploring Talk One-2-One to become knowledge on all of the FREE services they offer to BAC students.

Friday, July 31, 2015

BAC Summer Academy :: Gallery Show (7.31)

BAC Summer Academy - Gallery Show 
Friday, 7.31
951 Boylston Street, 3rd floor

The BAC summer academy, a four week long design studio gives high school students a chance to explore Boston and explore the world of design. Each week, students studied a part of Boston, delving into social and architectural issues through their own experiences. Students learned the how to use an architectural scale ruler, how to hand draft, utilize 3D modeling computer programs, and create physical models at different scales. Tackling different social and conceptual issues each week, they designed and modeled shipping container structures, urban decay, interventions, and public spaces.

Throughout these four short weeks, students have worked in groups or individually to produce multiple models, drawings, collages, and sketches that are now on display in the gallery. By creating studio projects, visiting offices, discussing, collaborating, presenting, and questioning their surroundings; students expand their understanding of city, spaces, and the human experience.

The gallery show is FREE and open to the public.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

BAC Advanced Architecture Studio + Workshop Lottery

BAC Advanced Architecture Studio + Workshop Lottery
Wednesday August 5th, 2015
6-7:30 pm
320 Newbury Street, Cascieri Hall

Attending Studio Lottery is required for traditional curriculum students taking Segment II Studios (C1 and C2) or workshops, and new curriculum students taking Arch 3 or Arch 4. If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from attending, please contact Director Kerri Frick ( regarding traditional curriculum studios, and Director Kyle Sturgeon ( regarding new curriculum studios.

Please note:

  • IA, LA, and BDS students do not participate unless directed by the Dean of your program.
  • Architecture students taking Segment I Foundation Studios, Arch 1 or Arch 2 do not participate.
  • Completed forms must be returned to Kerri Frick or Kyle Sturgeon by 7:30pm on lottery night.
  • Lottery results will be available via the Student Development Blog the following day! 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

BAC's Huxtable Fellows Tackle Resiliency

Huxtable fellows work together with the community; Photo by David Morgan

The Boston Architectural College's Ada Louise Huxtable Fellows, who were chosen for the fellowship based on their genuine interest in design and community engagement, have been on the ground tackling one of today's most relevant topics: resiliency in the face of climate change. Over the past four months, the six students have been exploring ways to make Boston's homes and businesses more resilient against projected sea level rise and extreme temperatures associated with the world's changing climate.

The students started their Spring 2015 semester by working with the Community Design Resource Center of Boston (CDRC) to curate and develop public material related to the Boston Society of Architects (BSA)'s Living with Water design competition, an international call for design solutions envisioning a more resilient and sustainable Boston. The students created the brochure for the competition, which they initially designed to serve as a guide.

"As the creative process unfolded, however, we saw the guide as a chance to continue and lengthen the public conversation surrounding Living with Water," explained David Morgan, Huxtable Fellow and Bachelor of Architecture candidate at the BAC. "With this new vision of the brochure's purpose, we ultimately created materials with a longer shelf life that include a thorough explanation of the competition and an informational matrix for the projects. I see everyone grab one and look at it, then put it in their pocket, which is what we wanted. The designers and people in the field who know of the project have been very happy with its outcome."

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Monday, July 27, 2015

Scholarship :: ideapod

Scholarship :: ideapod
Submit by: October 1, 2015
Scholarship Website

Together with ADC Forum, Ideapod is awarding a US$2000 scholarship for the best idea on the future of work. University students worldwide are invited to enter.

To apply, just answer the following question on about the future of work, using the #futureofwork:

"What will Artificial Intelligence mean for work?"

The best response, made using Ideapod's 1000 character limit, will scoop the prize.

Why This Question?

We created this scholarship because one of the most exciting and talked about technologies today is Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Whether you are optimistic or pessimistic about what Ray Kurzweil has termed the "Singularity" - that moment when the intelligence of one machine outstrips all humanity - we can all agree the effects will be tremendous.

For some, the concept of intelligent machines is worrying. Many are concerned that machine intelligence has the capability to take away our livelihoods and ultimately destroy humanity as we know it.

Others take a more optimistic view. They predict that machines will make us our work more efficient and only remove the jobs that people don't need (or want) to do, freeing us to pursue the creative instead of the repetitive.

Either way, the Singularity could arrive faster than many believe:

Whatever you think about the Singularity, one thing's for certain: technology is going to continue to change human life in enormously important ways, and the implications for our working lives are very real.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Interested in Design/Build?

Placetailor Site Tour
Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 6:30 pm
9 Fulda St, Roxbury MA 02119

Interested in Design/Build? BAC alum Declan Keefe, Director at Placetailor, will give a site tour of one of their current projects for BAC students on Thursday July 30th.

The event will consist of a site tour, and informal talk discussing Design/Build with free pizza! This is a great opportunity to learn from, and network with, like-minded design professionals.

Interested students should email their RSVP soon since spots on the tour are limited.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Competition :: Visual Merchandising (Pave 2015)

2015 PAVE Student Design Competition :: Visual Merchandising Category
Sponsored by Kroger
Submit by 10.27.2015
Competition Website

About Kroger
Kroger was founded in 1883 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is the largest grocery chain in the US, with 2600
stores coast to coast, representing multiple formats and banners in 34 states and serving 8 million
customers a day. Much of Kroger’s growth has been through acquisition, so in addition to the Kroger
banner, it is recognized by multiple banners in regions across the country, including: Fred Meyer,
QFC, Ralphs, King Soopers, Frys, Smiths, Dillons and Harris Teeter.

A prominent new store format for Kroger is known as “Marketplace”. It has approximately 100,000 sf of selling space and features fresh foods, groceries, drugs and general merchandise. Within the
format is a 6,000sf area where hot and cold fresh prepared foods and beverages are available for onsite consumption or carry-out, a coffee shop, sushi bar and seating. The 2015 PAVE design
challenge will focus on this area of the store.

Visual Merchandising Category
In many locations, food trucks or food carts provide temporary and spontaneous prepared food
destinations reflecting a broad variety of fresh food offerings. Farmer’s Markets and Market Halls also provide similar experiences that are highly sensorial, appealing and memorable within unique local settings.

The challenge is to design and create vignettes for local food vendors that clearly reflect variables
driven by geography and demographics. Integrate fresh prepared food elements that positively reflect
the energy and intrigue of such local settings in designated points positioned within a typical
supermarket context. The selling environment should be defined by fixture placement, to include fresh prepared foods, and related merchandise, signage and visual presentation.

While some basic assembly or final cooking steps should be accommodated within the vignette, it is
assumed that primary food preparation, storage and clean-up will be provided off-site.

Entries must be received by 5:00 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015

Please do not contact Kroger with any questions regarding the competition; this address is
for entries only. For all questions regarding the competition contact PAVE at