Monday, September 26, 2016

On the Fear of Writing :: Thoughts from SGA

*part of the "Thoughts from SGA" Blog series

Confession from an architecture student
On the fear of writing 

I’ve always found it difficult to write. Drawing, making, imagining… I can do with no hesitation, but pen to paper, keyboard to computer, and words to sentences…. Those types of skill escape me. There is a certain bravery associated with writing. A written work, be it a blog post or book (and anything in between) represents a person’s ideas. Those ideas are published into the world and welcome the opinions of readers. A person must be vulnerable enough to allow their words to be read and then discussed. Words are deeply personal. Even the way they are written is judged (think the expression: Its not what you are saying, but how you are saying it). Writing, with the exception of speaking, is the clearest and most literal of communication. Of course great poets, philosophers, and writers know how to use words in abstracted forms, but generally speaking, writing is literal.

It may come as no surprise to you that I am a visual thinker. Like many of us at the BAC, I pride myself on the communicative power of my drawings and diagrams, and take great pleasure in creating them. In school, we are taught to abstract our ideas and make them understandable. Through visual representation we can tell a tale of a project and speak (much to many of our delight) as little as possible. Let the drawings do the talking, don’t over explain, don’t be too simple, and always leave room for interpretation. Because of course, if a critique praises an idea which wasn’t particularly your intention, who hasn’t used a little reverse engineering to entertain their thoughts?

Someone once told me that the best way to get noticed is to write. It seems counter-intuitive for architecture school, but maybe its not. No matter how clear a drawing or precise a diagram, these are still an abstraction of our intention. A sure fire way to be completely transparent is to write. I do believe transparency has its place in architecture, but if you want people to understand and remember what your ideas are, write them down.

Which is why I’m writing here and now. I love architecture and love thinking about architecture. If anything writing is a depository of thoughts on the subject; A place to store them, a place for them to be vulnerable and open to critique. I’m still uncomfortable with my ideas living here and open to the world, but I’ve decided to step outside my comfort-zone and let them be free from me. Just as I believe architecture is as alive as I am, I’m intrigued by the power of communicating architecture by writing.


Nicole Pearson

Friday, September 23, 2016

IPAL Information Session

Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL) Information Session
Tuesday, 9.27.16
The Beehive, 951 Boylston St., first floor
6:40pm - 7:00pm

Interested in finishing the Architect Registration Exam while you're in school?  For students seeking more information about the requirements and resources offered at the BAC in regards to the IPAL pilot program, kindly attend the information session next Tuesday.

If you have any questions, please contact Education Director Vaughn Horn or Dean Karen Nelson.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Street Pianos!

Play Me, I'm Yours
Boston: 2016

Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram.  More than 1,500 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from London to Lima, bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours. The project has already reached more than ten million people worldwide.

Following on from the success and popularity of Street Pianos Boston 2013, Celebrity Series of Boston is bringing the project back to the city from September 23 to October 10, 2016.  During this time, 60 street pianos—all decorated by local artists and community groups—will be available for anyone to play and enjoy.  Thank you to all the organizations and artists who applied to host or paint a street piano. The submission process is now closed.

You can start sharing your excitement for the project with the hashtag #streetpianosboston. For an interactive mobile map of the pianos, download the freee app on iOS. This website has been set up for you to post and share your films, photos and stories about the pianos. Whilst documenting each piano’s journey, it connects the pianos and their communities across the city and acts as a legacy for the artwork. Choose a piano location to post and/or view films, photos, and comments.

Find a piano location here!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

SGA General Meeting :: (9.23)

SGA General Meeting
Friday, 9.23
The Fishbowl

The BAC Student Government Association (SGA) is holding their first General Meeting of the semester!

All BAC students are encouraged to attend. Get involved in YOUR student government!

Green Team Welcoming + Interest Meeting :: (9.21)

Green Team Welcoming + Interest Meeting
Wednesday 9.21
The Loft, 320 Newbury, 2nd floor

This is the first meeting we will have to speak to interested students about the Green Team and the activities we would like to organize throughout the semester.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Welcome Back from the SGA President

WELCOME the 4th week.

How is it already Friday of the 2nd week of school? Anybody else feeling like summer should have stayed a few weeks longer? I hope someone sneaked in a last minute trip to the ocean last weekend?! None the less, school is upon us and we have only 4 months until winter break – we will definitely make it.

What I loved in college was a community board – it was exciting to see every semester: what events were coming up, if there were any promotions, if there was a student who had done something amazing for the community.  I felt that we really needed a wall to showcase ‘Life at the BAC’.  Over the summer Student Government Association worked with Office of Student Life to “obtain” the back wall in the loft to become just this! (As many of you know, it is quite hard to get space allocated to one organization or group for more than a few weeks; therefore, obtaining this wall feels like a win... a huge one.)

This back wall will now have a monthly calendar of different events that are happening at the BAC, gym promotions, events that are going on, and a community wall where anyone can put their job postings, furniture they are selling, extra vellum for free … ect.   Having this new space is aligned with my hope that the school will become more community based.  Yes, we all have our groups of friends that we love to hang out with, and we have created our own sense of “studio culture” amongst those friends or current studio mates.  But I believe, and hope, that now because there is a board, BACers will know what is happening and more students might intermix and go to different events.
So … with that rant … Go out and do different activities for the sheer fact that there are other activates to do and other people to meet!

Hannah Miller (SGA President)

Please email me if you have any questions, comments, concerns regarding literally anything at the BAC!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day!

Happy Constitution and Citizenship Day from the Office of Financial Aid!

On September 17, 1787, the US Constitution was signed by thirty-nine men who changed the course of history in our country. Constitution Day is a time for American citizens to continue their legacy and develop habits of citizenship.

Here's how you can celebrate Constitution Day:

And remember, the right to vote is afforded to all U.S. citizens by the Constitution. If you are eligible to vote in this upcoming election, we urge you to do so. If you are not registered, there is no time like the present (you can find a MA voter registration form here). If you are not a Massachusetts resident, please be sure to contact your home state to request an Absentee Ballot.


Brought to you by the Office of Financial Aid

Thursday, September 15, 2016

BAC 4th Floor Gallery Show :: Submit Your Work!

BAC 4th Floor Gallery Show 
Fall 2016
Submit by: 9.23.16

This show will include student work created using digital technology. Work should include themes of landscape/terrain/site.  The show will be curated from the submitted work and all students will be recognized for their submissions.

Of the work chosen for the show, 3 will be selected as outstanding.  These entrants will  be given:

1st Prize: $25.00 print credit
2nd Prize: $15.00 print credit
3rd Prize: $10.00 print credit

Format: 24”x36” PDF, horizontal or vertical

Send submission link to h-res image via Dropbox, Google Drive, or WeTransfer to

Architecture in Perspective 31 Conference :: (9.28-10.2)

Architecture in Perspective 31 Conference
September 28th - October 2nd
Boston, MA

*Student discount price available*

Several renowned architects (including Moshe Safdie and David Manfredi) are lined up to speak at the Architecture in Perspective 31 Conference. There will also be speakers from Neoscape, VRay,, and we will hear presentations from artist Michael McCann and ASAI co-founder Paul Stevenson Oles, FAIA.

Additional conference events include a reception, social, exhibit opening, and an awards ceremony!

We will also be announcing the AIP 32 competition and conference details.

For more information and pricing, visit the conference website.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Lunch with a Purpose Series :: Fall 2016

Lunch with a Purpose Series :: Fall 2016
The Fishbowl

*FREE pizza will be provided!*

The Lunch with a Purpose series connects BAC students to various departments and resources on campus. Over the course of the semester, students can attend various presentations and workshops led by staff that enrich their BAC education.

Wednesday, 9.14: "Start the Semester Off Right"

Come get some hints and advice on how to start the semester off strong. We’ll go over time management strategies, resources, and maintaining health. Let’s begin the semester together!

Wednesday, 10.5: "Financing your Education"

PJ Ouma (Financial Aid Counselor) and Sarah Hoen (Student Services Coordinator, Scholarships + Awards) are prepared to answer any questions you have regarding financial aid and supporting yourself at the BAC.

BAC students will learn about Federal and State financial aid, Federal student loans, and scholarships and awards available at the BAC!

Wednesday, 10.26: "Practice Q & A"

Questions about the updated Practice Skill Level/Hours requirements for your program? Staff from the Practice Department will be here to answer them!

Wednesday, 11.16: "TechKnowledge"

Discover the resources and programs available on the 4th floor, and learn something new about the 3D printers, laser cutter, and the photo lab!