Monday, October 20, 2014

Gallery Exhibition :: Convergence

Gallery Exhibition :: Convergence
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

In honor of the first annual Homecoming of the Boston Architectural College, the McCormick Gallery has a new exhibit - Convergence. BAC alumni were contacted and given a chance to display their professional work.

Many projects were submitted and the exhibit jury reviewed each project submission. The jury consisted of:

  • Karen Nelson, Head, School of Architecture
  • Russel Feldman, Overseer Emeritus
  • Stephen Messinger, M.Arch '11
  • Rayford Law, BAC Instructor
  • Cheryl Wolfe, BAC Thesis Instructor
  • Sarah Ritch, Co-Chair Alumni Exhibit
  • Richard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students.

The BAC has many successful graduates, and many of them have branched to different areas of design. The exhibit features alumni from as early as the 1960s, through more recent alumni. While viewing the exhibit, you begin to notice the evolution of the curriculum at the BAC. Submissions from alumni who graduated after the Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture programs were introduced at the BAC, are less about built space, and incorporate different forms of design (installations, furniture, art).

My favorite project from the gallery is the Sacred Heart University Chapel in Fairfield, CT. The chapel is a beautifully built form with an open layout, and a roof that is constructed to showcase tectonics. The design team chose very attractive materials for the project. The glass, lighting and wood are visually poetic - the glass allows visual connection to the landscape inside, the wood and lighting used is warm and welcoming.

Three BAC alumni at Sasaki Associates worked on the project:
  • Katherine  M. Bell, B.Arch 1995
  • Colin Booth, B.Arch 2010
  • Jonathan Grant Scott, B.Arch 2011.

I chose to attend and stay at the BAC because of the community that I see between my peers. Seeing a project built by a BAC design team, proves to me that collaboration doesn't stop after graduation.

The idea behind the exhibit was to showcase the great work of our alumni, and show students what they can do with their BAC education after graduation. By looking at the exhibit, you can learn about the history of the College and get to know the hallmarks of the designers.

The success of the exhibit as part of Homecoming has sparked talk of future alumni exhibits. One day I hope to see my work, and the work of my classmates on the gallery walls.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

November First Friday

October First Friday
Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm
Mass Ave Tavern, 94 Mass Ave, Boston

All current BAC students are invited to join in for First Friday on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm at Mass Ave Tavern for FREE appetizers!

Reconnect with your fellow students, make new connections, and meet new friends! All ages welcome.

Hosted this month by NOMAS and sponsored by Atelier, YOUR Student Government.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Adeline Graves Fournier Prize

Adeline Graves Fournier Prize
Submission Deadline - Monday, November 17, 2014

Adeline (Ada) Graves was a graduate and long-standing supporter of the BAC and a dedicated and caring friend of many generations of BAC students.  The Adeline Graves Fournier Prize was established in 1997 at the Boston Architectural College by her husband, Joseph Fournier, and her family.  This prize honors her great enthusiasm for life and art.

This prize rewards a meritorious student who demonstrates creativity, integrity, a sense of humor, and love of drawing in all aspects.

$600 will be awarded to the first place recipient and $400 will be awarded to the second place recipient.

To apply, students must:
  • Be enrolled in any degree program at the BAC
  • Be in Segment I, II, or III and in good academic standing
  • Have not previously won this prize
  • Submit one current sketchbook with their freehand drawings, illustrating work and impressions gained while attending the BAC. Work from previous schools should not be included. Work cannot be done on a computer.
Please submit your sketchbook to Sarah Hoen, Student Services Coordinator, Scholarships & Awards by 6 pm on Monday, November 17, 2014. You may drop them off to the Student Services office at 951 Boylston Street.  Please contact Sarah at if you have any questions.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Blog Pick:: Fast Company's Co.Design

Blog Pick :: Fast Company's Co.Design
By Steve Marcelin, BDS Candidate

Fast Company's Co.Design is a daily exploration of the marriage of business and design, from architecture to product design, to fashion. The site gives inspirational stories about innovation and business as they pertain to design.

This site is great because the content is presented in a fun way. Sometimes I get so invested in my academic work that I need to look at something different, yet that is still related to design. Much of the writing on Co.Design looks to the future of the design world, which I think is great. A lot of design sites look to the past with reverence, but Co.Design isn't looking at what's already been done - it is looking to what will be done next.

Co.Design does just that. One example of a fun post about how you can use AutoCAD to illustrate how to mix more than 70 cocktails.

While there are fun articles, the site also tackles important topics such as why you're losing a design proposal, or why it is so hard to make a decent architecture film. As designers we must look into learning more than graphics and software - we must think about how our profession is portrayed in other mediums.

For inspiration, fun, and innovation, check out Co.Design.

Commodore Builders Construction Tour

Commodore Builders Construction Tour
Friday, October 24, 9am – 12pm

Join Practice and Commodore Builders for a site visit to two large projects currently under construction. Each site tour will highlight design and construction challenges. Representatives from Commodore will discuss the use of BIM and the coordination of integrated project delivery. These are rugged, working sites. Participants will be required to wear boots.

Space is limited.  RSVP to to reserve a spot on the tour. 

IDS Meet and Greet with Randy Fisher

IDS Meet and Greet with Randy Fiser
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 6pm
The Loft, 320 Newbury

Attention Interior Architecture students! Randy Fiser, the EVP & Executive Director of ASID and CEO at American Society of Interior Designers, is coming to our campus on Monday, November 3rd.  You are invited to attend a student MEET + GREET in the Loft on 11/3/2014 from 6pm to 7:15pm.

This is your opportunity to hear directly from Randy on where the organization is going as well as to share your concerns as a student member. You will also have a chance to learn more about how to become an ASID member and how to get involved in the Boston interior design Community.

Please RSVP via email to by Monday 10/27/2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Drawing in the Galleries at the MFA

Drawing in the Galleries at the MFA
Wednesdays from 6 - 9 pm
MFA, 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Occurs every week every Wednesday except Nov 26, Dec 24, and Dec 31.

Every Wednesday evening the MFA hosts an opportunity to sketch from live models and/or from objects in their collections. A drawing instructor provides insights on drawing technique and the artist-model relationship as it informs the creation of artwork. Limited drawing materials are provided to encourage spontaneous participation.

Gallery location varies; ask at the Sharf Visitor Center. Free with MFA Admission - AND GUESS WHAT - it's free for BAC students to get into the MFA with their student ID!

For more info, click here..

Spirit Day 2014

Spirit Day 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 12:15pm
The Loft, 320 Newbury Street

Millions wear purple on Spirit Day in a stand against bullying and to show their support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

Observed annually since 2010, individuals, schools, organizations, corporations, and public figures wear purple, which symbolizes 'spirit' on the rainbow flag.

Getting involved is easy - we are asking BAC students, instructors, and staff members to wear purple on Thursday, October 16 to show their support of the GLBT community on campus. We will be gathering in The Loft at 12:15 pm to take a group photo.

Let's help create a world in which LGBT youth are celebrated and accepted for who they are. Learn more about Spirit Day here.

2014 IIDA Fashion Show Volunteers Needed

2014 IIDA Fashion Show Volunteers Needed

BAC volunteers are needed to assist teams on the day of the fashion show, Thursday October 23rd, 2014. Volunteers are required to attend an info session Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 at 4:30 pm held at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in Seaport. And must also be available at 3pm for set up on October 23rd.

Those interested should email

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Materials Library Spooky Finishes

Materials Library Spooky Finishes

Come and check out the spectacular and spooky finishes in the Materials Library!

Room 601, 320 Newbury Street

Monday: 12noon - 4pm
Tuesday: 12noon - 4pm
Wednesday: 12noon - 7pm
Thursday: 12noon - 4pm
Friday: 12noon - 4pm
Saturday: 12noon - 4pm
Sunday: Closed