Student Award for Wellness Study at the BAC

Boston Architectural College is offering a one-time award to a BAC student in any of the College's degree programs to emphasize human wellness in studio work. One student will be selected to receive $1,000 to be applied directly to his or her tuition for the Spring 2013 term.

The purpose of the award is to strengthen awareness of the role of design in supporting and sustaining health and well-being. Through increased understanding of the effect of the material environment on human health, the benefits of inclusive design strategies, and the means by which design can encourage active, healthy living patterns, this emphasis on wellness has the potential to shift our focus in design from the object to the user.

To be eligible, a student must be enrolled in a bachelor or master’s degree program, have a 3.0 or better grade point average, plan to register for a studio course in the Spring of 2013, and complete an essay answering three questions:
-How can a studio project focus our attention on the effects of building materials on health?
-What kinds of design encourage people to be more active in their daily lives?
-How can principles of Universal Design be communicated in a studio project presentation?

The seed for the Student Award for Wellness design was planted in April 2012 when Perkins+Will’s Global Discipline Leader for Planning and Strategies Janice Barnes delivered the BAC student-sponsored lecture “Transparency@Work,” effectively outlining a strategy and a mind-set for designing for healthful human habitation.

Essays should be concise, consisting of no more than 500 to 700 words, and include the student’s name, degree program, and anticipated Spring 2013 studio course.

Email a pdf of the essay under the subject line “Wellness Essay” to by 5 pm on January 25, 2013. The winner will be announced in February 2013.

Once the student has confirmed their acceptance, Honors & Awards will send a transmittal to Financial Aid. Once the transmittal is processed, the funds will post to the student’s account.