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Practice : Spring 2012
The BAC is one of si x architecture programs named a s recipients of the 2011 NCARB Grant for the Integration of Practice and Education in the Academy. With this grant, The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards supp orts accredited a rchitect ure program s’ efforts to create ac ademic initiatives that will have a long-term, ongoing impact on architecture educ ation in the academy with programs that strive for innovation in architecture education. The globalization of the design fields is one of the most significant changes profes- siona ls have grappled with in the la st ten years. With cross-c ultura l c oll aborations on the rise, t wo importa nt questions loom. How do school s of design prepare students to participate in projects that spa n borders and cultures? How can firms cultivate their own expertise in negotiating the complexities a nd challenges that arise in international projects? Len Charney, Head of Practice; Karen Nelson, Head of the School of Architecture, a nd Tina Blythe, Director of Faculty Development will lead the work to respond to these question s, c a rrying out interc on- nected enterprises: work with select design firms to de velop ca se studies of c ollaborative global practice; create a seme ster-long, credit-bearing seminar Preparing for Coll aborative Global Practice that will engage students in working with the firms to develop, analyze, and learn from case studies; and host an end- of-s emester public symposium for the de sign community to discuss these case studies. The work will be published on the BAC website for use by other students, design schools, a nd firms that seek to deepen their understanding of collaborative global practice. In developing the case studies and the semester-long seminar, a n exchange will be created a mong firms , students, a nd faculty to generate a greater understanding of how to engage effectively in design initiatives that reach a cross borders. Through the sympo- sium and the online case studies, an even broader discussion among practitioners will be inspired to engage students and faculty, at the BAC and beyond, about the com- plexities inherent in internation al design work and the skills needed to n avigate those complexities effectively. Scott C. Veazey AIA, NCARB President and Chair of the Board and Michael J. Armstrong, NCARB Chief Executive Officer, c ongratul ated the te am, “The C ommittee was especially impressed with the focus of your propos al and its effectivene ss in integrating practice a nd education — specifically the way in which you propose to involve non-fac ulty architect practitioners in the educ ation of future architects.” The BAC thanks practitioners a nd firms supporting the proposal: Thoma s Paine, La ndscape A rchitect, Vice President, The Ager Group; Robert J. Verrier, AIA, NCARB, Managing Principal, The Architectural Team; Bryan Irwin, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Sasaki Associates, Inc.; Stephen Johnson, FAIA, Principal Cannon Design; Joel E. Nordberg, AIA, Project Manager, Stantec Architecture, Inc .; Dennis K aiser, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Principal Perkins + Will; Peter Steffian FAIA, NCARB, Principal Steffian Bradley Architects; Charles Redmon, FAIA, Principal Ca mbridge Se ven A ssociates, Inc. 2011 grant recipients include: Boston Architectural College— Collaborative Global Practice: Students and Professionals Learning Together; Lawrence Technological University—Public Interest Design Practices and Research Workshop; Portland State University— Multidisciplinary Collaboration and Research-Based Design; Tulane University—Field Studies to Inform Design for Healthy, High-Performance Buildings; Tuskegee University—Preservation Tenets, Technology, and Stewardship of the Historic Tuskegee Campus, and University of Miami—Writing in Architecture as a Professional Endeavour. BAC Selected to Receive NCARB Grant Collaborative global practice: students and professionals learning together. Andy Miller, M.Arch, Meyer & Meyer New Student Orientation, Perkins + Will PRACTICE 5 NEWSWORTHY ] BAC SELECTED TO RECEIVE NCARB GRANT NEWSWORTHY