BAC News :: March 12, 2009

(compiled by Karen Sutton, Manager of Student Activities)

BAC Student Questionnaire
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.

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:

BAC Summer Academy Teaching Positions Available
Share your design knowledge and develop your leadership skills.

Each July, BAC Summer Academy welcomes high school students to explore the field of design. BAC Summer Academy seeks to hire highly-motivated design students and young professionals with advanced knowledge to serve as Studio Leaders and Studio Assistants for the 2009 program. Visit to learn more about the program.

o Studio Leaders will be responsible for teaching a group of approximately 10 students using provided curriculum. Stipend: $1,400

o Studio Assistants will work together with studio leaders and will be responsible for instructing students and assisting with program logistics. Stipend: $1,100

Both positions involve hands-on studio instruction, mentorship, leading program activities, facilitating group dynamics, and administrative tasks. Candidates must be available from 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM, Mon.-Fri. between July 6th – 31st, 2009. In addition, participants must attend a series of preparatory meetings in June. BAC students are eligible to earn practice credit.

LEARN MORE: Attend an Information Session on Monday, March 16th at 6 PM in room 507 at 320 Newbury Street.

APPLY: Email cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references by Friday, April 3rd to Kara Peet.

AD20/21 Returns to Boston for a 2nd Year
AD20/21: Art & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries takes place March 27 – 29 at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show includes major decorative arts movements such as Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Art Deco, and Mid-Century Modern, as well as a stunning array of Contemporary art and design. Exhibitors offer furniture, glass, ceramics, decorative arts, jewelry, paintings, sculpture, prints, photography, and more. This year AD20/21 also includes the 10th Annual Boston Print Fair, with a select lineup of print dealers offering prints and other works on paper. The opening night Gala Preview Party on Thursday, March 26th will benefit the BAC. Tickets are $100 and $250. For more information email:

BAC students are especially encouraged to attend NEW COLLECTORS’ NIGHT on Friday, March 27, 5:30 - 9:30 pm. The evening will include three fascinating programs:

5:30pm - “The Art of Print Collecting”
What makes a print collectible? How does collecting prints differ from collecting other works of art? Join Carolyn Muskat of Muskat Studios as she discusses the art of print collecting.

6:30pm - “Gilbert Rohde: Modern Design for Modern Living”
In the 1930’s and 40’s, modernist furniture designer Gilbert Rhode reached almost celebrity status with his striking and innovative designs for Herman Miller. Join Phyllis Ross, author of the only monograph on Gilbert Rohde, as she discusses how his work and life made him such an influential force in modern American design.

7:30pm – Twentieth-Century American Design at the MFA
With the recent promised gift of The John Axelrod Collection, the MFA has been propelled into the forefront of collecting American twentieth-century design. Nonie Gadsden will share highlights of this superb collection, and also discuss the MFA’s continuing efforts to improve the Museum’s holdings of post-war American modernism.

Regular show admission is $15, but we have 50 free passes to New Collectors Night for BAC students, available on a first-come, first-served basis! Please email to reserve your free pass. Passes will have to be picked up from Diane Gaw in room M424 at 100 Mass. Ave., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. next week.

American Institute of Architect Students
Please don't forget your official AIAS BAC Chapter T-Shirts. Send and email to reserve your order today -

Upcoming events:
  • The last day to reserve your spot on the exclusive trip to Portland MAINE is this Friday, March 6th. Please RSVP by emailing:
  • Start planning your trip to the AIAS Northeastern QUAD Conference at the University of Maryland April 3rd-5th.
For more information visit us at

BAC Student American Society of Landscape Architects
The BAC SASLA will be having a meeting Thursday, March 19, 2009 from 6:30 - 7:30 in the Loft, 320 Newbury Street. Students interested in getting involved more with the SASLA please attend, or if you just want to learn more about the SASLA, you are more than welcome to attend as well.

The next BAC SASLA event will be a firm visit to Michael Van Valkenburg Associates in Cambridge. This will be a great opportunity to see an award winning and influential landscape architecture firm; to learn more about MVVA, check out the firm's website: The firm visit will be scheduled during the meeting next Thursday.

Contact Andrew Hovey, Chair of the BAC SASLA, for more information. Hope to see you there!

Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities 17
March 13, 2009
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury St.
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities 17 presents Steve Badanes “Jersey Devil: Architect as Artisan”.

Jersey Devil is a group of designer-builders who have created projects that critique conventional practice, both the process of making architecture and the accepted definitions of architecture itself.

The BAC Alumni Association is pleased to announce that on Friday, March 13, 2009, at 7:00 PM, Architect Steve Badanes will deliver the 17th Cascieri lecture titled “Jersey Devil: Architect as Artisan” in Cascieri Hall.

Steve is a founder of Jersey Devil, an architectural firm comprised of skilled craftsmen, architects, and inventors and an expert on energy-efficient building techniques. Jersey Devil architects/builders live on-site during construction of their designs, which are known for the energy efficient and innovative use of materials. Their work has been the subject of two books: The Jersey Devil Design/Build Book (1985) and Devil's Workshop: 25 Years of Jersey Devil Architecture (1997). Steve’s published writing includes: The Home House Project: The Future of Affordable Housing.

The Dean Arcangelo Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities was established by the BAC Alumni Association in 1992 on the occasion of the Dean’s 90th birthday to honor his outstanding contributions. Each year the BAC welcomes a speaker whose vision and philosophy are consistent with the spirit of humanism that exemplified the Dean.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception will be held prior to the lecture, and the Alumni Association will present the 2009 Selfless Labor Award.
Go to: Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities 17

LEED Accreditation Information and Study Group
Frank Messina, a BAC M.Arch AOP student currently taking Year One Seminar, is interested in forming a study group for students wanting to take the LEED exam before the test change this June. The USGBC/GBCI will allow individuals to register until March 31st. However, the latest one can take the test is June 30th. The registration fee for non-members is $400. Please see the following link for additional details:

The group would start meeting either Monday, March 16th or 30th. Frank has the exam reference guide and other study materials, but students will be encouraged to purchase their own personal copy of the LEED for New Construction v2.2 Reference Guide, Third Edition (which can be purchased at a student discount on the USGBC website for $99, usually $150) However if multiple people are interested it is possible place a bulk order for additional discounts.

Anyone interested should respond with your name and contact information (including degree program at BAC) to Frank Messina. Also, do not hesitate to respond if you have any questions about LEED or the Accreditation process.

News from the Library
The BAC Library would like to welcome you all to join our new FLICKR account! Our FLICKR account will allow the BAC community to view what new books have been added to our New Bookshelf. Our account will allow you to click on an image of a book to find out more information about the title such as if the book is still in stock.

To view, just click on the “New Books” tab in our catalog.

Practice Career Symposium - April 4, 2009
The PACE Center invites you to rethink your design career at the 2009 Career Symposium! Saturday, April 4, 2009, 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM, 320 Newbury Street.

The Career Symposium will offer workshops and individual appointments to help you in your job search. There will also be opportunities for you to think about your long-term professional goals and learn more about careers in related industries.

We will have:
  • Mock interviewing
  • Information about careers in related design industries
  • Panel of design professionals
  • Networking reception
  • Job search strategies
  • Resume/portfolio
  • Workshops
  • Individual appointments

There will be a ** NETWORKING RECEPTION ** from 3:00 – 5:00 where you'll be able to mingle and talk to alumni, faculty, design professionals, staff, fellow students, and other members of the BAC community.

Who will be there?
  • Alumni
  • Design/related Professionals
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Fellow students

Please RSVP your attendance on Facebook (Practice BAC’s Events Page) or contact for more information.

Portfolio Forum and Workshop Dates
You will find the dates for portfolio forum and portfolio workshops are listed below. You do not need to be signed up for portfolio review to attend. It is strongly suggested that those registered for portfolio review on May 26th or July 20th attend. Portfolio forums are designed to discuss portfolio choices and inform students about the portfolio review process. Portfolio workshops are a hands-on, one on one session with you, your portfolio in progress, and an instructor.
Contact Chris Raichle for more information.

Portfolio Forum – Wednesday, April 1, 5:30-7:00pm, Cascieri Hall
Portfolio Forum – Friday, April 3, 6:30- 8:00pm, Cascieri Hall (newly added)
Portfolio Workshop - Wednesday, April 8, 5:30-7:00pm (Segment 1 will be in room 507, Segment 2 will be in room 501)

BAC goes to Paris
The deadline for deposits is 5pm, Monday, April 6, 2009 to Chris Raichle, Manager of Educational Services.

For more information, please contact: Richard Griswold, Associate Provost for Student Development, Boston Architectural College.

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.

Fontainebleau Exhibit now showing in the Stankowicz Gallery
All are encouraged to visit the Stankowicz Gallery, 4th floor of the 320 Newbury Street building. Currently on view is a collection of work from members of the BAC community that attended the Fontainebleau School. The Fontainebleau School is a school for musicians and architects location 40 miles southeast in the town of Fontainebleau, France.

Tappé Fontainebleau Prize 2009
The A. Anthony Tappe Fontainebleau Prize was established in 2006 through a generous gift by A. Anthony Tappe, FAIA, of Tappe Associates. This prize is given annually and is awarded to a student who has been accepted in the School of Music and Fine Art’s Summer Program at Fontainebleau, France.

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.