BAC News :: March 5, 2009
compiled by Karen Sutton, Manager of Student Activities

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.

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.

  • Studio Leaders will be responsible for teaching a group of approximately 10 students using provided curriculum. Stipend: $1,400
  • 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. Applicants should be prepared to present design work in portfolio format, if invited in for an interview.

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:
  • Executive AIAS Board nominations will be held on March 10, 2009, 6:30pm in the LOFT, 320 Newbury Street.
  • 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

Support diversity in our design community! Please join us for the general meeting of BAC NOMAS (National Organization of Minority Architecture Students). The meeting will be held tomorrow, Friday, March 6th from 6:30-7:30pm in Room 501 @ 320 Newbury Street. All are welcome! Contact: for more information.

Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities 17
March 13, 2009
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury St.
Time: 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.

John Worthington Ames Scholarship - $10,500 Travel/Study Opportunity
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 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 Segment III prior to the Spring 2009 semester.
  • Students must have attended the BAC for at least six semesters.
  • Students must not have applied for this scholarship twice before.
How 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.
  • 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.
Deadline to submit application materials is 6 PM on Monday, March 9, 2009.

Please place your application materials in a large envelope marked to the attention of Kendra Leahy, Manager of Honors and Awards and turn it in at the Student Affairs Counter. Students selected as finalists for the award will be expected to present to the Ames Scholarship Committee on March 18, 2009. If you have any questions, please contact Kendra Leahy at 617.585.0167.

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.

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.

Information on this event and upcoming shows can be found here:
LoftArt Project on Facebook.

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.

Studio Q: Board Game Night!
Take a break from studio, stop doing your portfolio and join us for a game night! Saturday March 7, 2009 at 6:30-9:30pm. We will meet in the Loft at the BAC between 6:00-6:30. Refreshments will be provided. Email for more information and to participate!

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

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.