BAC News :: February 26, 2009

To all BAC students:

The BAC invites you to participate in an all-student survey. You can help us to continue to improve our student services by completing a short on-line survey of your own attitudes and behaviors toward psychological counseling and other supports. The survey takes less than ten minutes to complete. All information will be kept strictly confidential, and no names e-mail or I.P. addresses will be collected.

This survey is being conducted in cooperation with Cary Meyer, M.A., a BAC instructor and doctoral candidate in clinical psychology, who will use a portion of the information gathered as data for his dissertation on help-seeking attitudes and behaviors among college students.

A summary of the results from this survey will be posted on the following web site after June 1, 2009 for a period of 6 months: cmeyer survey results.

As thanks for your participation, those who choose to answer the survey will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for one of ten $3.00 gift certificates to J.P. Licks ice cream. (Your personal information for this drawing will not be associated with your survey responses in any way.)

Please click on the link below to access the survey:

Thank You,
Richard Griswold
Associate Provost for Student Development
Boston Architectural College

The Economy, the BAC, and You
The administration at the BAC knows that these tough economic times make a concurrent education harder than ever to achieve. We have made new resources available to help students with many new ideas in the works. If you are having a difficult time making your BAC education work because of the economy and would like to share your ideas and concerns while learning more about what the BAC can do to help, please join us on Friday, March 6, 2009 at 5:30 PM in the First Floor conference room, 320 Newbury Street. Staff from Student Development, Practice, and Advising will be on hand to listen and offer suggestions. Please RSVP to Karen Sutton, Manager of Student Activities before Friday, March 5, 2009 at Noon, so we know how many people to expect.

LoftArt: 320 x 320
The LoftArt Project is pleased to announce our March Show: 320 x 320, Friday, March 6, 2009, 6:00pm-9:00pm in the Loft, second floor of 320 Newbury Street. This show will display 320 cell-phone photos by the community that inhabit 320 Newbury Street of the BAC. Send photos directly from your CELL PHONES to or 508-335-4923 before March 4, 2009.
We encourage creative photos of any kind; send as many as you would like. Thanks to everyone who has already sent in pictures. Please send in more! ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT! Submit yours now to ensure they make it in the show. We will celebrate with food, drinks, and live music from 6pm to 9pm, Friday, March 6, 2009. A gathering following this event is TBA.

Info on this and upcoming shows at LoftArt Project on Facebook.

American Institute of Architect Students
AIAS BAC T-Shirts! Get your T-Shirts here! Visit to place an order, TODAY!

Information on upcoming events:
  1. Stop & Sketch at the Museum of Fine Arts. Sketching is a powerful tool! Saturday, February 28th @ 10am, RSVP to
  2. AIAS Information Session/Elections Nominations - Tuesday, March 10, 2009, 6:30pm in the Loft. Please stop by to learn more about AIAS and leadership opportunities
  3. 'A Day in Portland' hosted by AIAS University of Maine – Augusta, Saturday, March 21, 2009.
Learn more and RSVP at or the Facebook Event

Are you interested in environmental conservation, sustainable building practices, and community outreach? If so, Atelier will be hosting an open discussion to talk about what the BAC Community can do for Earth Day, coming up on April 22nd. To brainstorm, plan, and execute a worth while campaign we want to get a head start.

o When is it: Tuesday, March 3rd from 6:30 to 7:30 in the Loft
o Who's invited: Any BAC Community Member
o What's the Topic: Student ideas of what we can do for Earth Day
o Why: A worth while discussion of how we can practice what we preach & FREE FOOD

Contact Atelier with any questions or more information.

From the IT Department- please read
The BAC email server will be taken offline starting at 10PM this Friday, February 27th through Saturday morning, February 28th, for maintenance work – approximately 8 hours.
During this time:
• There will be no access to email either through Outlook or Webmail.
• No intra-organizational email (email within the BAC) can be sent during this time.
• Any email sent from outside the BAC to the BAC will be stored externally and be delivered Saturday morning, thus there will be no loss of email.

Note: there will be no effect on the Angel learning system, BAC website, or accessing files either internally or externally.

Thank you for your patience.

Tim Ogawa, Head of IT Operations.

On behalf of the Student Services Department, Christina Liu, Jocelyn Townshend, and Elizabeth Stuhlsatz are delighted to announce that our new ESL group, now dubbed S/P/E/A/K (Students Possessing English As Knowledge) will be holding our 3rd meeting this Friday, 2/27 at The Loft from 5:00 – 6:30! This is an informal conversation group dedicated to improving English through sharing thoughts about American culture, social networking, learning about slang and idioms, and what it really means to be BAC students. Students from a variety of countries: Africa, Albania, Cambodia, China, Iraq, Puerto Rico, China, and so many more. Together, we are dedicated to establishing strong ties with the BAC, with American culture, and with each other. Currently, we are also open to students whose first language is English. Future topics for discussion may include the Practice environment, the BAC Studio Experience, composing a successful Portfolio, and architecturally significant buildings around our great city!

If you are interested in learning more about S/P/E/A/K, you are highly encouraged to come to The Loft this Friday, February 27 at 5:00! Stay for as long as you’d like. Drop in and say hello if you cannot make it to the entire meeting. Pizza and beverages will be served at this Friday’s meeting. Please contact Christina, Jocelyn, or Liz at the following:

Christina Liu: 617-585-7352
Jocelyn Townshend: 617-585-0249
Elizabeth (Liz) Stuhlsatz: 617-585-0173

News from the Registrar’s Office
Please be advised of the following approaching deadline:

The deadline to withdraw from a first-half semester course is this coming Friday, February 27, 2009.

Business hours are 9:00 am to 7:30 pm Mondays through Thursdays, and Fridays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. For questions, please contact: or 617.585.0135. For further information regarding important dates, please refer to the BAC Institutional Calendar, found on the website here:

IMPORTANT: Portfolio Review Registration
Please be advised that there is still time to register for the May or July Segment I and II Portfolio Reviews! Please write to to register. Reviews have no credits, so there are no bursar/financial aid implications.

In order to be eligible to register for the Segment I review (PR450), a student must have completed B-2 Studio, ID Studio 2, or LA Design Studio 2. BDS students should check with Don Hunsicker regarding their submission.

In order to be eligible to register for the Segment II review (PR890), B. Arch and M. Arch students must have completed their third C-studio while ID students must have completed their last Segment II studio.

We will contact students by the end of March to let them know their clearance status. All guidelines regarding clearance requirements (e.g., minimum GPA and STGPA requirements to submit) are posted on the BAC website.

The May hand-in date is Tuesday, May 26 between noon and 10 pm. The July hand-in date is Monday, July 20 between noon and 10 pm. NO BOOKS SUBMITTED AFTER THE DEADLINE WILL BE ACCEPTED, with the exception of students taking a summer studio (write for more information). If you wish to hand in your book early, please contact Chris Raichle in the Education Center.

Please contact if you would like to sign up for the May or July review or if you have any questions.

Free Admission to the MFA for BAC Students
All BAC Students can enjoy free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts when a valid BAC student ID card is presented. Other benefits include: 10% discount in the Museum Shops and free admission to view the exhibits, such as Splendor and Elegance: European Decorative Arts and Drawings from the Horace Wood Brock Collection from January 22, 2009 - May 17, 2009. Check the MFA Boston monthly magazine, Preview, for a list of events and programs or

The Traditional Building Exhibition and Conference - is going to be held at the Hynes Convention Center March 13-14: Registration for the exhibit hall is FREE:

BAC goes to Paris

Departure from the US will be: July 1, 2009 – Departure from Paris will be: July 30, 2009 with excursions to Lyon, Basel, and St Etienne included. For more information, please contact: Richard Griswold, Associate Provost for Student Development, Boston Architectural College.

On any given year this small program forms a one-room schoolhouse of graduates and undergraduates from all degree programs who may be engaged in intermediate or advanced architecture studios, humanities, history and visual studies electives, and sketch problems of their choosing. The common denominator is an emphasis on the use of the sketchbook as the repository for all work, a record of impressions and inspirations, and a springboard for the development of ideas. Even an entire studio project can be held in a strong sketchbook. Students return to Boston with a resident's day-to- day knowledge of a new city.

• Round trip airfare on a group flight
• Housing
• Metro pass
• Museum pass
• Guided visits to major sites in Paris • Visits to sites outside Paris including Versailles, Chartres, and Vaux-le-Vicomte • 4-day excursion to Lyon, St. Etienne, and Basel, Switzerland • Maximum of 4.5 BAC credits • Focus on sketchbook techniques

Tappé Fontainebleau Prize 2009
Information is available about the 2009 Tappé Fontainebleau Prize, which will help one student attend the Fontainebleau Architecture Program (July 5-August 2 2009), For more information, please contact: Richard Griswold, Associate Provost for Student Development, Boston Architectural College.

For all-student emails, please feel free to contact :: karen sutton | manager of student activities | 617.585.0269