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Practice : Spring 2012
■ Expanded Gateway Projects to create new practice-le arning opportunities for students, while providing great community ser vic e to organization s e xploring their options for improved environmental design. ■ Launched a new web site at the-bac .edu that coalesc es the many constituents in our extended learning community, a nd better tells the story of le arning at the BAC. ■ Global outreach initiatives have included the Hideo Sa s aki Visiting Critic Stefan Behnisch, a nd visits and exchanges with the D utch design academies whose pedagogies closely para llel ours. ■ Beg an preparations for our 125th Anniversary in 2014, including a Legacy Gift initiative. ■ Completed the first stages of our $1.4 million federally-funded ba ck alley geothermal test well project, involving students and the wider c ommunity to explore ne w ways of c onser ving energy. ■ Continued to explore what effects having student housing may have on enhancing community learning. ■ We have al so rec eived importa nt recognition for our work : ■ Bach elor and Master of Interior Design program s are ranked 3rd , and 5th nationally by DesignIntelligence; ■ Architecture program s are rank ed among the Top Ten in the Northeast among design employers; ■ We are one of only six schools nationally, of 30 nominees, to have won an NCARB Prize linking practice a nd the academy. I have b een participating in discussions within the D esign Futures Council, the Nationa l Architectural Accrediting Board, the American A rchitectural Foundation, the A ssociation of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the America n Society of Interior Design Foundation, a nd with numerous design firm principal s a nd educators here and abroad. The se leadership discussion s are reshaping our curricul a, c hanging how we deliver teaching and learning both on-site and on-line, and helping how we assess and improve ourselves a s a learning community that draws heavily on the expertise of practitioners working locally and globally. Our students and faculty are lea rning from one another more widely and innovatively in studios, c la ssrooms, a nd in practice. A s we approach the re-a ccreditation of our A rchitecture program in 2012, a nd the Boston-based Centennial celebration of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, it can fairly be said that the work and graduate s emerging from the BAC today are the most exceptional and varied in our history. Ted Landsmark M.Env.D., J.D., D.F.A . (Hon.), Ph.D. President, B oston A rchitectura l College Clarifying the parameters of specific bodies of knowledge is particularly important to us in defining the boundaries and overlaps of knowledge we teach, and in facilitating equitable collaboration across the disciplines. PRACTICE 4 PRESIDENT’S LETTER ] TED LANDSMARK