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Practice : Spring 2012
“A s we diversify our programs to better a nticipate the requirements of profes sion al design practice, the need ha s grown for program leaders who c ollaborate across the disciplines of architecture, interior design, a nd landscape architecture.” state s President Ted Landsmark. “Integrated design practice, virtual modeling of work over great dis- tanc e s, incre a sed management expectation s, and new career opportunities are transform- ing the de sign profession s toward greater col lab oration among clearly defined b odies of knowledge. These new program Heads have demon strated leadership in their respective fields, a nd have shown the ability to grow student expertise through multidis- ciplinary work. They bring profe ssiona l skills and foresight to the BAC a nd to the design profession s globally.” Karen Nelson has been named Head of the BAC’s A rchitecture program. Educated at MIT and Columbia, she has taught at RISD and at the BAC for over a decade where she ha s directed advanc ed studio educ ation. A much revered teacher and mentor, she overs aw the College’s Solar Decathlon studios, is managing the BAC’s spring 2012 architecture re-a ccreditation process, a nd continues to recruit a nd manage adjunct architecture faculty. She has brought to the BAC many noted outside speaker s including Snøhett a, Stefan Behnisch, Hollwich Kushner, a nd Howeler Yoon to a ssist students in understanding the work of the most innovative de signers working today. “ We have enjoyed working across our disciplines in the pa st,” she reports, “a nd the need for interdisciplina ry research and practice is greater than ever before. Our gradu ates will create career paths unthought-of just a few years ago. As educators we will need to be increa singly cre ative in prepa ring students to enter fields that require open- mindedness and professional agility.” Crandon Gustafson has been named Head of the BAC’s Interior Design program. He previously headed the Interior Design progra m at Harrington College of Design in Chicago, where he initiated their masters program. Trained as an architect at the University of Colorado, he worked for BAC Announces Appointment of Three New Heads of Schools These accomplished educators bring a wealth of experience to the BAC’s programs of practice-based design education. Karen Nelson Crandon Gustafson Maria Bellalta PRACTICE 6 NEWSWORTHY ] BAC ANNOUNCES HEADS OF SCHOOLS