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Practice : Spring 2012
Eleven BAC students traveled to Spain with Richard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students and Jovi Cruces, Senior Associate at Dimell a Shaffer. The students were ba sed in Madrid, with excursion s to Toledo, Segovia , Cordoba, Ba rcelona , a nd more. They met with practicing architect s who were generous with their time and work. Richard Griswold underscores the importance and educ ationa l value of the summer study abroad programs, “We learned history by inhabiting the evidence it leaves behind. We were inspired by Muslim, Jewish, a nd Christian traditions coexisting in architecture in ways they do not always do in culture. We ate surprising and wonderful food. We used maps to find treasures. We split up in foreign places to explore on our own and reconvened at the appointed times with rema rkable suc c ess . We walked, ran, c limbed, took broken-down Merc ede s ta xis, bullet trains, subways, a nd gondola rides. We made ten-minute sketche s of Gothic cathedrals. We saw a lot of art that challenged us. We left our day jobs. We made new friends and colle ag ues and discovered that every person in our traveling band had a secret superpower that could be called on to the great advantage of the collective. We were exhausted and overstimulated. We are now ama zed. It’s no surprise that I believe in the deep educational value of an action-packed summer abroad, of getting to know a place thor- oughly. My hope is that e ach student will someday return to Spain, to g uide others through places they now know, or even to live. But the work of a BAC study abroad program is to become extremely serious about what a ma zes us, analyze thoroughly and synthesize it for future use; to dig deep into where a non-de signer will just glance. The se inspirations, when taken seriously, a re the g a soline of a suc ce ssf ul profes sion al life. Sketchbooks were our primary tool for c apturing and processing this rich stimulus and demonstrating what we understand ab out Spain and its multiple inspiration s, using drawings, diagrams and writing, both impressions and quantifiable facts.” To p l e f t : Rich Griswold with Pablo Perez-Ramos with Anto n Garc ia Abril, Hemerosc opium House Top right: Visiting Rafael Mo neo’s office with Hayden Salter. Middle left: Ruthie sketching Gehrýs Guggenhei m Museum in Bilbao. Middle right: In the west tower, S agr ad a F amilia Bottom left: Julio Cedano sketching at Sagrada Familia by Gaudi. Bottom middle: Chris Prudhomme and Jovi Cruces, Museo de la Ciudad in Madrid. Bottom right: Jovi and Gregory, Barcelona Pav ilion by Mies va n der Rohe. PHOTO CREDITS Page3:JanetOberto;Page5left: BonicaAyala;Page5right:MattGelineau;Page6leftandcenter:LizLinder Photography;Page6 right:BonicaAyala;Page8 topandcenterleft:LizLinderPhotography; Page 9–11: Bonica Ayala; Page 12 top: Christian Phillips Photography; Page 14: Bonica Ayala; Page 16–17: Bonica Ayala; Page 18 left: Bonica Ayala; Page 18 right: Liz Linder Photography; Page 19 left: Bonica Ayala; Page 20 left: Bonica Ayala; Page 20 right: Liz Linder Photography; Page 21: Bonica Ayala; Page 22 left: Bonica Ayala; Page 22 right: Liz Linder Photography; Page 23: Bonica Ayala; Page 24: Bonica Ayala; Page 25 left: Liz Linder Photography; Page 26 left and right: Bonica Ayala; Page 27: Liz Linder Photography; Page 35–39: Bonica Ayala; Page 41: Bonica Ayala; Page 42–43: Liz Linder Photography; Page 45: Liz Linder Photography; Page 46: Liz Linder Photography; Page 48–49: Liz Linder Photography; Page 50: Liz Linder Photography; Page 51: Casey McNamara Photography; Page 52–53: Liz Linder Photography; Page 54: Casey McNamara Photography; Page 55–56: Liz Linder Photography; Page 60: Rich Griswold, Jovi Cruces BAC Students in Spain Richard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students Inspired by Muslim, Jewish, and Christian traditions coexisting in architecture. Opposite Page Group shot, Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim, Bilbao PRACTICE 60 IA] BAC STUDENTS IN SPAIN