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October 14, 2013

Dear Members and Friends of the BAC Community,

2014 marks the 125th anniversary of the Boston Architectural College. Our’s is a remarkable history. We invite you to join us as we celebrate and we’d like to share with you today’s BAC.

We inhabit the heart of Boston.

The BAC’s vitality and contributions radiate through our city’s neighborhoods and beyond — to build a better world, around the world, through design.

Our tradition of learning from practitioners at night, while working with practitioners by day, continues. Foundation studies now prepare all students for our unique, interdisciplinary approach to academics and practice. The BAC is the only professional school in the U.S. offering concurrent design education — an approach that is also the best possible way to adapt to the changes 125 years can bring.

Today, our graduates demonstrate a higher level of technical accomplishment than ever before. They bring a keen awareness of diverse community and client needs on many levels to each challenge. They are nimble.

We embody practice-oriented agility.

In fact, architecture is just one of the disciplines that affect how we live in our environments — which is why BAC students now earn degrees in landscape architecture, interior design, sustainable design, historic preservation and, soon, design for human health, as well as architecture. There is heavier emphasis on design management, entrepreneurship, writing and presentation, collaboration, sustainability, digital graphic design, and direct service to real clients. Our students are uniquely equipped to use design to solve complex problems.

We operate in the real world and the whole world.

Because of open admissions our student body is wonderfully diverse. Our faculty are in practice, working in Boston and around the world — leaders in their fields. We all benefit from these differing perspectives and global exposure; they prepare our graduates to work successfully in widely divergent work settings. More and more, students turn their attention to public and community service. All learn the value of empathy for their clients, be they a large corporation or community-based group. We could not be prouder of what BAC students contribute to the world in which we all live.

Let’s celebrate!

What better way to start the celebration than with our Green Alley project — a replicable model of sustainable urban design, of collaboration and hard work, of creative public-private partnerships and support right here at home in Boston. We’re cutting the ribbon on October 18th, 2013 at noon. Please join us!




Ted Landsmark
M.Env.D., J.D., D.F.A. (Hon.), Ph.D.
President, Boston Architectural College

Marc W. Pelletier
Chair, Board of Trustees, Boston Architectural College


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