Monday, October 5, 2015

SASLA :: Social (10.7)

SASLA Social! 
Wednesday 10.7 @ 7:15pm
The Loft

Join SASLA for our monthly socials! This informal gathering is a networking opportunity where you can connect with and learn from your peers across disciplines at the BAC. We will also discuss upcoming events and opportunities to get involved with both SASLA, and the greater Boston design community. These events are open to all BAC students regardless of major, and refreshments are provided.

7:15pm in The Loft on the first Wednesday of the month.

To get involved with SASLA, e-mail today!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Studio 360 Presents: Nick Offerman's Ultimate Popsicle Stick Throwdown

Studio 360 Presents: Nick Offerman's Ultimate Popsicle Stick Throwdown

It’s been a hot summer, so if you’re like us, you’ve been eating a lot of popsicles – which means you probably have a lot of popsicle sticks hanging around. Nick Offerman (Parks & Recreation) has an idea for what to do with them. In addition to being a very funny actor, Nick’s also a master woodworker – and he wants you to build something with all those popsicle sticks.

The Challenge: Build a popsicle stick sculpture for Nick Offerman based on one (or more) of his favorite things:

  • Bratwurst
  • Fishing
  • Masonry
  • Wilco (the band)
  • The Hoover Dam
  • Puzzles
  • America

Deadline: October 5 at 11:59pm ET.

How to Enter: Take a picture of your masterpiece and share it on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #MadeForNick, or upload it above. Nick will be back on the show in October to pick a winner. Vote for your favorites and share your entry with your friend.

On Youtube

BAC Shop + CNC Machine UPDATE (10.3)

BAC Shop + CNC Machine UPDATE (10.3)

Due to the Let's Spoon! workshop, there will not be a safety orientation for the shop on Saturday the 3rd. The Shop and CNC will be reserved all day for the students taking the workshop.

Student Org. of the Month :: SASLA

Each month, the Office of Student Life will be highlighting one of the many active student organization we have on campus.  This month's group is SASLA!

What is SASLA?
SASLA is the Student American Society of Landscape Architects at the BAC.

Who is SASLA?
We are Jess Alpert (President), Tom Klein (Vice President), Jacob Ferreira (Treasurer), Neil DeMarco (Secretary) and Lance Guerrero (Communications). We are BAC landscape architecture students and collaborating disciplines.

Why should a BAC student get involved with SASLA?
Becoming involved with SASLA means you will be able to utilize leadership roles as a tool for creativity. At any SASLA event and you will meet a welcoming and vibrant group of students who are passionate about what we do.

Those who get involved with SASLA open up networking opportunities that are otherwise challenging to find. From our SASLA Socials to community events, like Park(ing) Day, the opportunity to engage with your peers and the eastern Massachusetts design community is invaluable to professional development.

What is SASLA’s favorite event?
Park(ing) Day 2015!  Park(ing) Day was amazing, in that, we utilized our skills as designers to intervene in our community. The energy during the event was amazing, and it showed the power of design. Academically, the Mark Focht lecture and lunch last semester was very inspiring and we as a group of participants left feeling energized and excited for our work. The Mark Focht lecture last Spring was also a favorite, and a huge success.

What is SASLA looking forward to? 
Along with our two Green Roof Tours coming up, we are looking forward to our monthly SASLA Socials and the opportunity to get to know all of our new peers at the BAC! The Landscape Architecture department is growing, and we'd love to see some new faces, and collaborate with architecture, interior architecture, and design studies students this semester.

Upcoming events:

Get involved with SASLA today!

BACultural :: Mexican Culture Night (10.4)

BACultural :: Mexican Culture Night
Sunday, 10.4 @ 6pm
The Loft

Are you interested in knowing more about Mexican Culture and taste some authentic and delicious Mexican food?

Please join BACultural on Sunday Oct. 4th to celebrate Mexican Culture night!

Fall 2015 Student Lecture Series :: Growing Objects (10.7)

Fall 2015 Student Lecture Series :: Growing Objects (10.7)
Jessica Rosenkrantz, Creative Director
Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Chief Science Officer

Growing Objects
Wednesday, October 7
6:00 PM
*In conjunction with our Engaged Body Exhibition

The Boston Architectural College invites the community to join us for Growing Objects, a public lecture by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg of Nervous System on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6 pm in Cascieri Hall.

Jessica and Jesse will discuss Nervous System's unique approach to product design through generative techniques, 3d-printing and interactivity. Along the way, they will take several detours into the realms of natural pattern formation, simulation, and biology. The talk will focus on some of Nervous System's latest projects including a 4D printing technique that creates complex, foldable forms for 3D printing and an exploration into the morphogenesis of plants.

Nervous System was founded in 2007 by Jessica Rosenkrantz and Jesse Louis-Rosenberg. Jessica currently acts as Creative Director and Jesse as Chief Science Officer. Together they lead a team of four.

Jessica Rosenkrantz graduated from MIT in 2005 and holds degrees in Architecture and Biology. Afterwards, she studied architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Jesse Louis-Rosenberg also attended MIT, majoring in Mathematics. He previously worked as a consultant for Gehry Technologies in building modeling and design automation.

Their studio is located in Somerville, Massachusetts.

This lecture is in conjunction with our Engaged Body exhibition, now on display in McCormick Gallery.

The BAC Remembers Sanford R. Greenfield's Legacy

Sanford "Sandy" R. Greenfield; Image from BAC Archives
The BAC Remembers Sanford R. Greenfield's Legacy
Former Director of Education made a lasting impact on Architectural education at the BAC and beyond

The Boston Architectural College remembers the legacy of Sanford "Sandy" R. Greenfield, FAIA, former Director of Education at the Boston Architectural Center. Sandy passed away on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 in Newton, MA. He was a visionary and had a great impact on the BAC during and after his tenure.

Sandy was a Fulbright Scholar, held a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) and a Master of Education from Harvard University. Prior to working at the BAC, he was as an instructor at M.I.T. and Massachusetts College of Art as well as a partner at Carroll and Greenfield Architects.

During his 21 years at the BAC, between 1953 and 1974, Sandy worked as a thesis advisor and as the Director of Education. His roles at the Center expanded to Chairman of the BAC Lecture Series, Project Director of the BAC Workshop Series, Chairman of the First Boston Architectural Center Conference, "Architecture and the Computer," and a Member of the Steering Committee for the BAC New Building Dedication Week Committee.

In addition to his work on campus, Sandy was active in the community, serving as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and Founding Director of the Architectural Research Centers Consortium. He also was an invited lecturer at universities throughout the U.S., including Syracuse University, University of Southern California, University of Miami, and more.

Sandy's tenure at the BAC was marked by a period of rapid transition in the school's history. After leaving its early quarters on Beacon Hill, the BAC dedicated its new building on Newbury Street in 1966. During this time the BAC experienced an unprecedented growth in student population, growing from two hundred to six hundred students in less than five years.


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Competition :: VMODERN Furniture Design

Competition :: VMODERN Furniture Design
Register by: Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Submit by: Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Competition Website

eVolo Magazine is pleased to invite designers around the world to participate in the VMODERN Furniture Design Competition. The award was born from the desire to create a forum for the discussion, debate and development of innovative design.  Our goal is to discover and promote the most creative pieces of furniture that will transform the way we live and interact with our environment. What is the future of furniture design?

This is an ideas competition and designers may submit pieces in production, prototypes, and/or concepts.  Projects will be evaluated based on creativity, originality, feasibility, function, and aesthetics.

Participants may submit designs in any of the following three categories:

  • Seating: armchairs, benches, chairs, lounge chairs, recliners, stools, etc.
  • Planes: beds, coffee tables, desks, shelving units, tables, etc.
  • Lighting: ceiling, floor, table, wall, etc.

August 10, 2015 – Competition announcement, registration begins
October 6, 2015 – Early registration deadline
November 10, 2015 – Late registration deadline
November 24, 2015 – Submission deadline (23:59 hours US Eastern Time)
December 15, 2015 – Winner’s announcement

Joel Escalona [principal Joel Escalona Studio, NONO]
Mitchell Joachim [principal Terraform ONE]
Alexander Lervik [principal Lervik Design AB]
Zhang Zhoujie [principal Zhang Zhoujie Digital Lab]

1st Place: US $2000
2nd Place: US $1000
3rd Place: US: $500

Winners and projects selected by the Jury and editorial board will be published in the annual book of the competition. In addition, projects will be featured online and in print on eVolo Magazine’s publications and media partners.

For more information please go to:

Competition :: Berkeley Prize 2016

Competition :: Berkeley Prize 2016
Register/Submit by: 11.1.15
Competition Website

The Berkeley Undergraduate Prize for Design Excellence endowment was established in the Department of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley College of Environmental Design to promote the investigation of architecture as a social art. Each year  the PRIZE Committee selects a topic important to the understanding of the interaction of people and the built world that becomes the focus of the Essay Competition. This year the topic is: Sheltering Those in Need: Architects Confront Homelessness.

The Committee poses a Question on this website related to the topic. Students enrolled in any accredited undergraduate architecture program or diploma in architecture program throughout the world are invited to submit a 500-word essay proposal in English responding to the Question (see eligibility requirements).  Undergraduate architecture students may team up with undergraduates from allied arts and social sciences programs.

From the pool of essay proposals received, approximately 25 are selected by the PRIZE Committee as particularly promising. The 25 selected individual students, or student teams, become Semifinalists.

These Semifinalists are invited to submit a 2,500-word essay, again in English, expanding on their proposals. A group of readers, composed of Committee members and invited colleagues, selects five-to-eight of the best essays and sends these Finalist essays to a jury of international academics and architects to select the winners.

At the conclusion of the Essay Competition submittals, all Semifinalists are also invited to submit for one of several BERKELEY PRIZE Travel Fellowships. Details for the Fellowships will be announced in the spring 2017. Past Travel Fellowship Competition requirements, winning submissions, and follow-up reports by the winners are available to read here on the website.

Fellowship :: Announcing the 2016 Beveridge Fellowship

Friends of Fairsted

The Charles E. Beveridge Research Fellowship supports scholarly research in the archives of the Olmsted National Historic Site (Fairsted) in Brookline, Massachusetts, the historic home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted and successor firms. It is intended for students at all levels and professionals in the early stages of their careers.

Stipend: $2,000
Grant period: May 2016-April 2017
For more information: