The BAC Celebrates Commencement 2011

by Janet Oberto, Director of External and Government Relations

The Boston Architectural College celebrated its 2011 Commencement at on Saturday, May 28 at Old South Church in Copley Square. One hundred and forty-two students graduated in the disciplines of Architecture, Design Studies and Interior Design. The BAC presented 27 Bachelor of Architecture, 84 Master of Architecture, 19 Bachelor of Design Studies, 2 Bachelor of Interior Design, and 10 Master of Interior Design Degrees.

In keeping with BAC tradition, a jazz band accompanied graduates, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees and Overseers in a procession through the City of Boston’s historic Back Bay. They walked in full regalia from the iconic BAC building on Newbury Street to the church building in Copley Square.

President Landsmark addressed the largest-ever graduating class. “You have also learned from Hurricane Katrina, disaster relief work in Baton Rouge, the earthquake in Haiti, tsunamis in the Pacific, tornadoes in the mid-West, volcanic eruptions in Iceland, and a wide range of other natural disasters that have called into question how we are designing for a rapidly changing environment. You have built a solar house and designed for energy conservation. You have worked in economically poor communities and designed furniture for children, ramps for the elderly, facilities for returned veterans, performance installations for programs at other colleges, homes, offices, schools, hospitals, and spiritual and recreational facilities. No one can say that the hard work you’ve done, the creativity you’ve shown, or your willingness to serve others who need you, has ever been limited. Ordinarily, a college president would encourage you to go out and change the world. I don’t have to do that – you’re all already working on things that will change the world.”

M. David Lee, FAIA, Founding Partner of Stull and Lee, Boston, provided the Commencement Address. He and his partner, Donald L. Stull, NCARB, FAIA, along with Jane Thompson, AICP, President of Thompson Design Group, and Wilson F. Pollock, FAIA, Founder and Former President of ADD Inc., were the Commencement 2011 Honorary Degree Recipients.

“In the design professions, it is our special challenge to use art, our passion and our talents to create places in this world that are environmentally sustainable, visually interesting and spiritually nurturing,” said David Lee in his address. Throughout 45 continuous years of distinguished work and public service, the small design firm of Stull and Lee, Boston has built innovative public schools, housing, transit facilities and other public works that demonstrate that design innovation is enhanced by close and clear understandings of what clients need today, and generations from now.

David Lee and Donald Stull each received a Doctor of Community and Urban Design for their work in Urban Architecture and Planning. Jane Thompson, visionary editor, designer, and planner, received a Doctor of Design Research and Innovation for her role as a catalyst for change in the field of design. Wilson Pollock received a Doctor of Entrepreneurial Leadership in Design.