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Practice : Winter 2010
NEWsWoRThy ] REINvENTIoN aNd INNovaTIoN As a practice-based institution, the Boston Architectural College’s faculty is uniquely poised to promote a fluid and flexible, integrative understanding of the many applications of design both to building and to thinking. needs, including ongoing approva l and a cc reditation; and creates, re views and enacts an academic, intellectual vision and plan that expresses the identity of the institution’s place in higher education. As is true of the faculty whose primary work is in the fields of design, this group of faculty also advance the ideas and knowledge ba se that undergird the design disciplines as they respond to com- petitions, grants and publishing opportunities. It is important to continue to support the empowerment of fa culty and students through mentoring a nd nurturing their abilities both to speak and to develop their passions. It is vital to maintain creativity a nd broad-ba sed ownership of the whole while supporting mutua l respon sibility and continuing to view work and workload as a f unction of groups , not just the individuals who fulfill it. Currently, the BAC has an excellent system of a ssisting faculty as they become de sign instructors, a nd there may be more we can do to develop in this endeavor further. In addition to focusing on teaching and learning, clearly a strength of the BAC, we will want to consider creating structure s that support a sense of c ommunity among the various groups of faculty that serve the institution. Beyond the current set of benefits fac ulty members ca n a cc es s through their affiliation with the BAC, we will want to plan for an even more robust set of con- nections between our faculty and each other, the students and the institution a s a whole. As a first step toward these goals, the entire BAC community has been involved in the development of a new policy to na me “Members of the Faculty” from among current instructors and salaried employee s. During the months of designing, formulating, fina lizing a nd beginning the implementation of this policy, many faculty members have been actively involved in voicing their ideas, concerns and questions, a ll of which have facilitated the completion of this work. I am very excited that the BAC can recognize its faculty members more publicly and further involve them internally in the many creative planning processes necessary to supporting the ongoing development of our fine institution. Beyond opportunities for recognition and support, finding ways to encourage faculty, especially working in groups, to disseminate their ideas publicly enhances the reputation and visibility of the BAC, further develops the design field s, ha s the capacity to advance innovative ideas that integrate theory and practice, a nd inspires and supports student learning. It is not at all surprising that the BAC has educated the student initiated, student led and student moved Solar Decathlon project, one that has provided the entire institution with cause for pride and excitement. Our work is ever evolving, a nd the commitment, dedication, passion and intelligence our faculty brings to it is truly noteworthy. Naab accreditation Exhibition 9 pRacTIcE