Thursday, February 11, 2016

FREE Terrarium Workshop :: (2.28)

FREE Terrarium Workshop
Sunday, 2.28

In collective sponsorship with BACultural, BAC Green Team, and the Office of Student Life, SASLA will be hosting a workshop to build and take home your own indoor microclimate! The workshop will be held in room 503.

Provided items:

  • Plants
  • Mason Jars
  • Potting Soil
  • Peastone
  • Spray bottles
  • Food & Beverages
Feel free to bring your own materials! You make it, you take it!

Space is limited. Please email RSVP to by February 14th.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AIAS :: Grasshopper/Dynamo User Group

AIAS :: Grasshopper/Dynamo User Group
Friday 2.26 

Location: Symmes Maini & McKee Associates, 1000 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA

This event is an inaugural kick off to a Grasshopper/Dynamo series of presentations. SMMA Architects is co-hosting this event and will share real world architectural design work using Revit and Dynamo. Dynamo is an open source graphical algorithmic plugin for Revit. Grasshopper is the graphical algorithmic plugin for Rhino 3D. AIAS is inviting BAC students to join us as we explore and learn about Dynamo and Grasshopper applications in the Architectural Design field.

*Sponsored by AIAS*

Green Team :: Interest Meeting

Green Team Interest Meeting
Thursday 2.11
The Loft

Hi, Hallo, Hola, Merhaba, Oi, Salut!

The new bigger, faster, stronger...designier? Green Team is back!

The Green Team is a student organization dedicated to creatively developing and applying grassroots solutions to sustainability at the BAC and within the greater community. We are an interdisciplinary organization that will work together with existing organizations such as SASLA, IAC, AIAS, and NOMAS, to unify our representation of green leaders on campus!

Join us this Thursday (February 11) in the Loft at 6 pm, for our first interest meeting! Come enjoy green tea, food, and good company to learn about the Green Team and its mission, while helping us design our new logo! You're thrilled, I know!

See you there!

Introducing :: Spring 2016 "Lunch With a Purpose" Series!

Introducing :: Spring 2016 "Lunch With a Purpose" Series!
The Fishbowl

*FREE pizza will be provided!*

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

Wednesday, 2.3: "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, 2.17: "Adobe Tour: An Introduction"

An overview of essential Adobe graphics software for the design student. Featuring: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. What do they do? When do we use them? What are their most important features? Join Peter Gruhn for a whirlwind tour and lunch!

Wednesday, 3.2: "Practice Networks Prep: The Essentials"

Need some help navigating the Practice Networks career fair? Not sure what to bring, what to wear, or what to say? Learn the preparation essentials from the Practice Department!

Wednesday, 4.6: "A Glimpse Through the Library Door"

Join the Library staff for a historical presentation of the Memorial Library! Learn about the Library's history and view the collection of architecture volumes.

Wednesday, 4.27: "Structuring for Success"

Join Advising's Kelsey Flynn and OSL's Jess Mayotte for a session focused on wellness and stress management. We will discuss strategies and resources AND make stress-relieving crafts!

"Adobe Tour: An Introduction" :: Lunch With a Purpose Series

"Adobe Tour: An Introduction" :: Lunch with a Purpose Series
The Fishbowl

*FREE pizza will be provided!*

Join the Office of Student Life and the Learning Resource Center as we present the second segment in the new Lunch with a Purpose series.

This workshop will provide an overview of essential Adobe graphics software for the design student. Featuring: Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. What do they do? When do we use them? What are their most important features? Join Peter Gruhn for a whirlwind tour and lunch!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AIA AF Diversity Scholarship :: (DUE 2.10)

AIA AF Diversity Scholarship
Apply By: 2.10

The AIA AF Diversity Scholarship goal and purpose is for this important scholarship program "to provide assistance to individuals from a minority race or ethnicity who intend to become an architect through the pursuit of a NAAB-accredited professional degree in architecture."

Applicants must be legal residents of the United States and must be one of the following academic standings:

  • High school senior
  • Undergraduate college freshman
  • Technical school or community college student who has completed high school or its equivalent

Regardless of academic standing, applicants must be attending or entering either a NAAB accredited professional degree in architecture or a pre-professional degree in architecture at an institution that offers a NAAB accredited professional degree.

For a list of institutions that offer a NAAB degree, please visit

Application Deadline: 2.10
NOMAS Members are encouraged to apply.

Pour House T-Shirt Design Contest

T-Shirt Design Contest

Our friends over at the Pour House are hosting a T-shirt design contest! The design will most likely be center-aligned on the back of the shirt, and it "has to SCREAM Pour House and Boston."

Pick up a form in the Office of Student Life and return it to our office by 7:30pm TODAY.

*Winner will receive swag AND $100 cash*

Friday, February 5, 2016

MA Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conferences

MA Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conferences
When: 4.15-16
Where: Hampshire College & Northampton, MA

Learn about best practices and resources to advance sustainable development on campuses and in communities. Explore sustainability in the Pioneer Valley this year!

The Conference
The annual Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference connects stakeholders from municipalities, college campuses, government, businesses and nonprofits.  Everyone learning about best practices, current trends, and resources will find this conference timely, practical and valuable.

In 2016 the two conferences are held two days: April 15 at Hampshire College, and April 16 in Northampton, MA.


  • Engage in cross-sector dialogues
  • Learn about best practices and current trends for sustainability
  • Go home with knowledge and resources to improve community and campus sustainability


  • Government:  Municipal and state elected and non-elected officials and staff
  • Education:  University, college, training, K-12, staff, faculty and students
  • Business:  Owners and representatives
  • Community:  Non-profit group leaders and members
  • Everyone interested in learning about sustainability

75 Speakers
Leading experts and practitioners from communities, campuses, businesses, government, and non-profits.

36 Sessions
Presenters and practitioners share best practices and resources.

20 Exhibitors  

  • Business products and services
  • Colleges
  • Government Agencies
  • Non-Profit organizations

Green Event

  • Reduced printing, packaging and conference materials
  • Zero Waste includes recycling and composting
  • Carbon offset for all conference travel and building energy is a donation to an environmental organization

See more Green Event info.

Registration Fees
See registration fees and discounts here.

Registration fees cover keynote presentation, breakout sessions, exhibitors, lunch, and tours. Advance registration is recommended as previous conferences have filled.


An advisory team of professionals representing communities, education, business, government and/or nonprofits; and an on-site conference team helped with this conference which was created and hosted by Green Workforce Training.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Winter 2016 Story Contest

Winter 2016 Story Contest
Submit By: 3.31.16

The Winter Story Contest is open to all fiction and nonfiction writers. We’re looking for short shorts, short stories, essays, memoirs, photo essays, graphic stories, all forms of literary nonfiction, and excerpts from longer works of both fiction and nonfiction. Entries must be previously unpublished, no longer than 15,000 words, and must not have been previously chosen as a winner, finalist, or honorable mention in another contest.

Narrative winners and finalists have gone on to win the Pushcart Prize, the Whiting Writers’ Award, and the Atlantic prize, and have appeared in The Best American Short Stories, The Best American Nonrequired Reading, and others. View all the recent awards won by Narrative authors.

As always, we are looking for works with a strong narrative drive, with characters we can respond to as human beings, and with effects of language, situation, and insight that are intense and total. We look for works that have the ambition of enlarging our view of ourselves and the world.

We welcome and look forward to reading your pages.

Click here to submit your work.

Awards: First Prize is $2,500, Second Prize is $1,000, Third Prize is $500, and ten finalists will receive $100 each. All entries will be considered for publication.

Submission Fee: There is a $24 fee for each entry. And with your entry, you’ll receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

All contest entries are eligible for the $4,000 Narrative Prize for 2016 and for acceptance as a Story of the Week.

Timing: The contest deadline is March 31, 2016, at midnight, Pacific daylight time.

Judging: The contest will be judged by the editors of the magazine. Winners and finalists will be announced to the public by April 30, 2016. All writers who enter will be notified by email of the judges’ decisions. The judges reserve the option to declare a tie in the selection of winners and to award only as many winners and finalists as are appropriate to the quality of work represented in the magazine.

Submission Guidelines: Please read our Submission Guidelines for manuscript formatting and other information.

Other Submission Categories: In addition to our contest, please review our other Submission Categories for areas that may interest you.

*DATE CHANGE* Ames Scholarship Info Session


$9,600 John Worthington Ames Scholarship Information Session
Information Session: Tuesday, February 16th 2016 at 6:00 PM, The Fishbowl, 320 Newbury St.
Submission Deadline: Monday, March 7th  2016 by 6:00 PM

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 John Worthington Ames Scholarship is to be used to further personal development through an educational experience related to architecture and design in accordance with a stated and accepted program. The Ames Committee defines "educational experience" as one that would develop mental, artistic, or cultural capacities.

Student Criteria:
  • Students must have entered Thesis or Degree Project prior to the Spring 2016 semester
  •  Students must have attended the BAC for at least six semesters
  • Students must not have applied for this scholarship twice before
  • Students who graduated in the past year may apply provided they have not done so twice before

To Apply:
  • Submit an essay of 500 words maximum (double spaced) outlining your proposed use of the funds, travel itinerary and how you feel this use will further your professional, academic and personal goals. The essay must include your name, address, and contact information. Please note whether this is your first or second time submitting for this award on your essay, as well as what semester you entered Thesis/Degree Project. 
  • Submit a hard copy of your portfolio (electronic copies will not be accepted). Portfolios are limited to the standard presentation size of either 8 ½ x 11” or 11 x 17”. No oversized portfolios will be reviewed.

An Informational Session for students interested in applying will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Fishbowl (1st Floor) at 320 Newbury Street. The session will be led by Bernard J. Goba, AIA, DFA honoris causa, Permanent Secretary of the Ames Scholarship.

Deadline to submit application materials is 6 PM on Monday, March 7th, 2016.                

Please place your application materials in a large envelope marked to the attention of Sarah Hoen, Coordinator of Scholarships and Awards and turn it in to Sarah at the Student Services office on 951 Boylston Street or leave it in her mailbox on the 2nd floor of 320 Newbury Street.

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Hoen at 617.585.0106 or

Read about the 2015 Ames Scholarship recipient, Erin Kim!