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(From left to right: Richard, Hadiya, Kara, and Rilwan)

Introducing the Student Development Office

Richard Griswold is Associate Provost and Dean of Students at the BAC. He holds an M.Arch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a BA from Bennington College, and is an Alpha Rho Chi medal recipient. Formerly the Director of Foundation Studies, Rich was responsible for supervising beginning design courses – A-1, A-2, and Masters A – in the concurrent program. He has taught foundation studios, visual studies courses, historic preservation, and history/theory workshops, and has also been a thesis advisor and Lead Lecturer for the BAC’s Summer Academy high school program. His lecture course, Design Principles, is a threshold into design thinking for all BAC undergraduates.

For the past 8 years, Rich has directed the BAC’s summer travel program to Paris and Florence with Jovi Cruces, Senior Associate at Dimella Shaffer Associates. He has worked as a design consultant for Elliott Associates Architects in Belmont, Mass. since 1997. He was a 2008 MacDowell Colony Fellow and was also awarded the Ed Toomey Award for Student Advocacy for his progressive vision for the school and his commitment to both teaching and student development.

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Kara Peet is the Director of Student Development and an advisor for design instructors at the BAC. She has taught Introduction to Design Communication, Foundation A-1 Studio, and Undergraduate Design Principles (a course in which she is currently advises discussion leaders). She also serves as a design critic for Foundation Studios, Advanced Studios, and Thesis.

Kara received a BLA at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse in 2000 and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design at the BAC in 2007. She is a LeadBoston 2010 participant through the Boston Center for Community and Justice. This leadership program enables her to realize the challenges and opportunities in building a more diverse, equitable, and socially just community. As the new Director of Student Development, Kara is interested in finding ways to engage BAC students in using design to strengthen community and address issues of social justice.

For the past six years, Kara has worked on various projects and initiatives within the BAC’s Education Department. From coordinating NAAB accreditation efforts to managing Portfolio Reviews to organizing youth events, Kara enjoys working with students, faculty, and community members to accomplish projects of varying scales.

Responsible for managing BAC Summer Academy for the past four years, Kara worked closely with student teachers and lead faculty to introduce design as a potential career path to high school students. In connection with Summer Academy, she is involved with developing the BAC’s Houseman Scholarship Program to build diversity within the design professions as well.

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Hadiya Strasberg is the Coordinator of Student Development at the BAC. Among other responsibilities, she works closely with students, student organizations, and staff to advertise, promote, and implement student initiatives and activities. She is the writer and editor of the BAC Student Development Blog and the all-student e-mail, and also contributes to the BAC website.

Hadiya received a BA in Anthropology from The Colorado College in 2001. She has pursued advanced degrees in Urban Planning and Architecture at a number of institutions, including Hunter College and the BAC, and, most recently, the Massachusetts College of Art & Design. In 2009, she volunteered on the Solar Decathlon project, doing construction, marketing, public relations, and event planning.

For six years, Hadiya worked as a writer and editor for Restore Media in Brooklyn, NY. She served as the editor of Period Homes magazine, and is at present a contributing writer for Period Homes and its sister publication, Traditional Building, writing about architectural products and materials and building restoration projects.

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Rilwan Kujenya is a work-study student at the Student Development Office. He is a B.Arch candidate in his second semester in AOP, taking courses such as Studio A-2, Perspective Drawing, and Portfolio Design. Rilwan assists with the administrative tasks around the office, and also creates flyers and writes blog posts on design websites and firm profiles. His interest in blogging is well manifest; he has his own blog,, in which he covers his own design education.