Thursday, July 2, 2015

The LRC Has Moved!

The Learning Resource Center has officially moved to the 6th floor of 320 Newbury St.  You can find the LRC in room 605.

The BAC Writing and Learning Resource Center (LRC) provides a variety of academic support services.  You must be a current BAC student, faculty, or staff member to receive tutoring. Tutors are fellow students, alumni, or specially hired professionals knowledgeable in their relevant subject matter. We are located on the sixth floor of the 320 Newbury St building, and can be reached at 617-585-0174, or by emailing, or

You can find more information on the LRC here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Boston Events Calendar :: July 2015

July 2015 Calendar - Boston

Check out the calendar that the folks over at Eventbrite have put together to outline all the happenings in the city of Boston for the month of May. This calendar shows you the many ways that you can get involved with YOUR city!

Academic Resources :: Gensler - An Integrated Architecture, Design, Planning + Consulting Firm

Academic Resources
Gensler - An Integrated Architecture, Design, Planning + Consulting Firm

Gensler’s collection of academic resources aim to enhance principles learned in the classroom by providing industry insights into the complexities of real-world projects. These resources draw from expertise in 31 practice areas, delivering projects at every scale from a new urban district to a wine label. In this spirit, we are obsessively curious, driven to learn, grow and explore new ideas.

Professional Practice Case Study Series

The Gensler Professional Practice Case Study Series is a suite of case studies based on real-world projects developed by Gensler design and delivery experts. Released as a continuous series, each case study dovetails with topics covered in the AIA Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice. Used as an educational tool, the series is designed to augment professional practice curriculum.

The Case Study Series is developed to prepare the next generation of designers to enter the profession by presenting contemporary challenges faced on complex projects delivered by a global design firm. The case studies activate learning through a series of project scenarios. Each scenario gives readers the opportunity to apply classroom principles and critical thinking skills by considering resolutions to project challenges presented.

"The Gensler Case Study Series augments conceptual lecture topics by providing comprehendible opportunities for students to consider and test responses to situations as they exist in a professional environment."
—Jennifer Pelc-Chandela
   Professor of Professional Practice
   Tulane School of Architecture

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

2015 Ames Scholarship Winner :: Erin Kim

Bernard J. Goba and Erin S. Kim, John Worthington Ames Scholarship Winner; Photo by Molly Chase

Ames Sholarship 2015 Winner to Explore Design Challenges of Hosting Olympics

Erin Kim, B.Arch '15, will travel to Beijing, Athens, Barcelona, and London to learn from previous Olympic host cities

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce Erin Kim, B.Arch '15, as the 2015 John Worthington Ames Scholarship winner. The John Worthington Ames Scholarship is awarded annually to a BAC student to pursue personal development through an educational travel experience related to architecture and design.

To coincide with the timeliness of the Boston 2024 Olympic Bid, Erin plans to use the scholarship to support her travel to past Olympic host cities including Beijing, Athens, Barcelona, and London to see what Boston could learn from the successes and failures of each. Specifically, she intends to study how the buildings were planned and adapted for future use, if the infrastructures of the cities were changed as a result of the Olympics, and how the games affected the local communities.

As part of her proposal for the scholarship, Erin plans to connect the BAC with her research. This includes the possibility of teaching a studio revolving around the Olympics or hosting a workshop or design charette to get students involved with this trending design topic.

"I hope to use this opportunity to get more involved with the school as an alumna," said Erin. "It could also serve as a springboard to pursue a graduate degree to further my career goals."

As a BAC student, Erin was active within the community, specifically through the Gateway program. She worked on three gateway projects: ImprovBoston, Transition House, and a steel design competition for the ACSA-AISC Student Design competition. Currently, Erin works as a designer at Garofalo Design Associates specializing in public work for housing authorities, municipalities, and schools.

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship was established in 1955 by Mrs. John Worthington Ames in memory of her husband, a distinguished Boston architect and dedicated supporter of the BAC. The scholarship has provided access to BAC students to expand their studies across the globe as well as the opportunity to enrich the BAC community by reporting on their findings after their travels.

Past recipients have traveled to Spain and Portugal to study adaptive re-use and urban design, to St. Francis Basilica to study architectural reconstruction and art restoration after earthquake devastation, to the Netherlands and Bangladesh to research sea level rise mitigation strategies, and to Sweden to study the successes and failures of a country striving to make itself an energy independent leader in sustainable design.

Scholarship + Competition :: StudyWeb 2015 Scholarship Essay Competition

StudyWeb 2015 Scholarship Essay Competition
Deadline: July 31, 2015
Website is thrilled to reveal that it is offering the chance to participate in their 2015 scholarship program, which will provide the opportunity for one talented college student to receive a first prize reward of $500.  The prize will be awarded to the student who is considered to have written the most engaging, thought-provoking and original essay based on the topic: How Will the Internet Change Mankind in the Next 10 Years?

Monday, June 29, 2015

Scholarship :: SchoolSoup - “I am Applying Scholarship”

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The BAC Welcomes Our Next President :: Glen S. Leroy

June 29, 2015

Dear BAC Community,

We are tremendously pleased to share with you the news that after a national search, Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP, has been selected to lead the Boston Architectural College as our next president. Mr. LeRoy currently serves as the dean and a professor at the College of Architecture and Design at Lawrence Technological University in Detroit. Mr. LeRoy stood out from a field of talented individuals for his commitment to practice-based learning, his great success at leading an urban design college during challenging times, and his creativity and ability to attract investment. He is also a well-known architect who has practical knowledge about the profession and the market our students will enter.

We have the utmost confidence that he is the right person to lead the BAC and to build on the solid foundation that exists while preserving our noble mission of providing the community with exceptional learning programs that remain affordable and accessible to all who seek a career in design. He will formally begin his duties this September.

Mr. LeRoy has had a very accomplished career as an architect and an educator, previously serving as a professor at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Design, where he founded the Kansas City Urban Design Studio. Mr. LeRoy was also a principal in the well-known architectural firm Gould Evans Associates and is a fellow of both the American Institute of Architects and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Beyond his resume is a story of achievement in exactly the areas on which we will focus in the next chapter for the BAC: expanding enrollment, attracting investment, and building endowment. In Detroit, Mr. LeRoy was able to tap into the leadership of the automotive industry with new creative programming. Subsequently, when that industry had its own struggles, he found a way to expand other corporate relationships in Greater Detroit. We are eager to have him as our new president.

We want to thank Acting President Julia Halevy for her unwavering leadership during this past year. She has worked hard to preserve our mission during fiscally challenging times.

I also would like to thank the members of the Board of Trustees who served on the Presidential Search Committee, who exhaustively reviewed our candidates and chose a new leader whom we know will lead us in this new chapter in the storied history of the Boston Architectural College.

And, finally, all of us on the Presidential Search Committee want to acknowledge and thank everyone who participated and contributed in the process, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and friends of the BAC; your input was valuable and helped inform our decisions.


Marc W. Pelletier

Chair, Board of Trustees
Boston Architectural College

The Martin House Complex :: A Look Inside (and Out)

The Martin House Complex :: A Look Inside (and Out)
Buffalo, NY

Student Submission: John Poillucci, Bachelor of Architecture Candidate  

The Martin House Complex in Buffalo, NY is one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most notable Prairie Style projects. Built between 1903 and 1905 the complex was owned by Darwin D. Martin who played an integral role in assigning Wright to design the Larkin Administration Building, also in Buffalo. There are tours of this project of varying length led by guides who are fluent in Wright’s history and design intent. I would definitely suggest any BAC student interested in gaining insight on Wright’s Prairie Style homes.

The tour started in a nearby building with an open, glass façade where participants were shown a short film giving a general history of the Martin family and construction of the complex. The 29,080 square foot complex sprawls across the nearly 2 acre lot taking up much of the available area. From the outside there is an obvious effort to depart from a typical façade. The exterior is made of several undulating surfaces of art glass and long, roman bricks. These surfaces are sheltered by expansive, low-pitched roof that are supported by large, pronounced columns.

Many of these exterior elements are provided with the intent to express horizontality. The long Roman bricks are oriented horizontally, for example, creating several lines that read from left to right. Further, the horizontal mortar between the bricks is set back to further express these lines while the vertical mortar is nearly flush with the bricks to suppress and verticality. In combination with several other elements, the overall horizontal expression of the structure becomes clear.

Upon entry, the emphasis on horizontality begins to become clear as a method of blending inside and outside. Standing outside the front door you are in a semi-enclosed space, them once through the door you have several views of the outside. This is fostered by the large windows and close proximity of the floor and grade levels.

The interior is rich with several details crystallized in the same roman bricks as the exterior and dark woods. The project represents Wright’s thoroughness in design where most of the furniture is custom made for the complex along with the art glass windows, many of which are original. One of the most stunning moments in the home is in the waiting room where you will find one of the few circular designs in the home with a sunburst fireplace. Since it was a nice day our tour was also fortunate enough to see how light passes through Wright’s art glass, reflects off a surface on the window sill and onto the ceiling creating an unexpected, colorful play of light.

The tour definitely provided valuable insight into the Prairie School and Wright’s ideas on American architecture at the time. It is definitely a far cry from the awareness of sustainability today with Wright’s extensive use of structural steel as learned from making skyscrapers in Chicago, rare woods and large bricks. Alas, the design is unique and would be a rich experience for a design student to see Wright’s clever play of space.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Blog Pick :: Archidose

Blog pick :: Archidose
By: Phil Reville, M.Arch Candidate

A Daily Dose of Architecture (Archidose) is simply one man’s architectural musings and reflections. From book reviews to project features, creator John Hill has put together a website devoted to all things architecture. The simple blogspot website is newsfeed-formatted, but also has links to two of his other blogs, Unpacking My Library and Slat Happy, as well as links to his social media pages. At the top of the page, Hill has a constantly updated World Architects - Daily News feed that directly links you to, where he is often featured. While directly visiting sites like World-Architects provide more context and in-depth investigations into the projects you’re viewing, I appreciate the image stream laid out by Hill in Archidose for its simplicity and his curatorial eye. Archidose always has links alongside posts, but sometimes, pictures are really all you need.

On Wednesday, Archidose (Post) #845 featured the new installation at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, New York. COSMO by Andres Jacque / Office for Political Innovation is this year’s winner of MoMA’s annual Young Architects Program (YAP).  The project is a moveable installation, made out of customized irrigation components, to “make visible and enjoyable the so-far hidden urbanism of pipes we live by”.  The systems of COSMO constantly filter and purify water. The idea behind the giant moveable system is to bring to light the serious issues of water shortage around the world and to address them with a fun and highly transparent solution that might also be aesthetically pleasing.

The most recent book review Archidose featured was an interview Hill did with the author of Solid Wood: Case Studies in Mass Timber Architecture, Technology and Design, Joseph Mayo. A link to the full interview featured on World-Architects was followed by an excerpt:

While obviously geared toward architects, given the voluminous technical advice in its pages, Solid Wood is hardly an esoteric read. Following an introductory section where Mayo gives a short history of building in wood, speaks about the carbon-sequestering benefits of mass timber construction, details various solid wood materials and concepts, and addresses concerns of building with wood (structure, fire, etc.), he then presents the case studies in eight geographical chapters: England, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, North America, and New Zealand and Australia. For each case study he clearly describes each project's details, aided by numerous illustrations: photographs of the completed buildings, construction photographs, floor plans, detail drawings, and diagrams. Too many books limit themselves to the first (glossy photos of finished buildings), so Solid Wood is a valuable book for architects interested in designing with wood.

The full interview discusses many of the projects reviewed in the book as well as several accompanying images. While this book review was featured on World-Architects, his book reviews are often featured on other sites or directly on Archidose.

In addition to project features and book reviews, Archidose contains posts ranging from event coverage to exhibit visits. The site’s constant finger on the pulse of all things architecture and design makes your job of staying up to date easier. And make sure to check out his other blogs. Unpacking My Library is quite literally just that - Hill goes through his massive collection of architecture and design books, writes a quick review and posts some photos of the contents. Slat Happy on the other hand is a funny tumblr photo stream of Hill’s favorite architectural detail… the slat.

I like to think of Archidose as “ArchDaily light”. After a long studio work session or exhausting day of work I think sometimes we just need some cool design photos to look at, text excluding. We all want to be kept abreast of what’s going on in the world of architecture, but sometimes we don’t have the time or energy to fully invest… let Archidose do the work for you, and then decide for yourself if you want to delve a little deeper. And if you’re not afraid of text after all, the book reviews will certainly point you in the right direction.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference (8.14)

2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference
Friday, August 14, 2015

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference, the preeminent statewide conference for historic preservation professionals, will present over 60 top industry experts on Friday, August 14th. This event allows attendees to share ideas, network, discuss challenges, and learn from each other to strengthen preservation efforts in the region.

An expected crowd of 400 attendees will begin the day at Mechanics Hall, host for the opening plenary activities for the conference. Keynote speaker Theodore (Ted) Landsmark, Boston Redevelopment Authority Board member and former BAC president, will set the tone of the day with his opening address on the theme of “resiliency.” Over 60 speakers and panelists will carry that theme throughout their interactive discussions on topics that include: How to Finance Your Project, When to Hire a Professional for Added Value, Preservation Techniques and Technologies, Protecting Heritage Landscapes, Gateway Cities Program, and Preparing for Climate Change. Presentations and panel discussions will take place at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Worcester campus at 10 Lincoln Square.

In addition, attendees can join one or more of six guided tours of historic preservation sites, including Lincoln Square, Crown Hill local historic district, Canal District, Hope Cemetery, Washington Square and Union Station, and Hanover Theater. Attendees get the chance to see up close the results of local preservation projects, talk with some of the architects and planners involved, and ask questions relating to their own preservation projects. The conference will come to a close with an entertaining networking reception at Mechanics Hall at the end of the day.

The 2015 Massachusetts Historic Preservation Conference is not just for preservation professionals and students but for those who are interesting in preserving historic fabric in our state and planning for a more resilient and unique Massachusetts. Student pricing for tickets is $35 and they can be purchased at

Please contact Anya Wilczynski for more information: