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Practice : Winter 2010
a minimum of one year and submitted a written reque st the semester before a ctua l work was to begin. Structured de sign competitions were a uthorized by Practice where students organize themselve s into “mock ” firms. Students participated in community design initiatives in Greater Boston neighborhoods. Community ser vic e in non-design a ssignments were undertaken. Students were encouraged to work with non-profit organi- zations, from schools to shelters and soup kitchens, with an award of up to 3 Practice credits for 300 hours of ser vice. A one-time, credit-worthy travel e xperi- ence wa s added when validated through narrative and graphics, for any trip support- ing a student’s profes sion al development and learning. Specific re search in which the student’s work directly supplements his/her profes - sion al growth, or promote s practice -ba s ed initiatives in the future was encouraged. At the end of this Fall 2009 semester, nearly 200 BAC students, or approximately 20% of all those currently enrolled to earn Practice credits, will have availed themselves of such specia l projects. The majority of e ffort has been devoted to community design projects. This extensive series of nearly two doz en sanctioned projects ha s fortified the BAC’s proud legac y of ser vice learning dating back to the 1970s with Don Brown’s c ommunity design studios. project vignettes These summaries highlight this va luable multifaceted progra m: A Needs A ssessment for the Paris Street Community Cent er in East Boston: Throughout last spring and summer a group of three arch- itecture students conducted a needs a sse ss - ment for the Paris Street Community Center in East Boston and proposed changes in spatial layout to better acc ommodate newly introduced programs. Final documentation included a Revit model of the entire building that c an now be used to petition for support a nd initiate a capital campaign. Teaching High School Stude nts through A Graphic S urvey of Boston’s Public Parks: This past summer, two 2nd year landscape students planned and implemented an investigative sur vey of selected public parks working alongside a group of high school students . They recorded their teaching e xperience and reflected on opportunities for persona l learning through detailed journal s, sketche s and digital photography. Design Competitions: Achieving a Rich Studio Culture: Se ven teams of BAC students took part in three nation al de sign competi- tions la st spring. E ach project attracted a multidisciplinary assortment of students, many of whom did not know each other beforehand, with divergent skills and va rying Practice experience s. After an introductory round of sharing their technical abilities, areas of expertise, and presenting examples of their work, they divided themselves into teams with guidanc e from experienc ed instructors. Specia l consideration wa s given to the competencie s needed in design competitions, among them the ability to conduct research, address complex programs, generate multiple de sign ideas, lead produc - tion efforts a nd direct oral presentation s. Each group emulated a small design firm setting, a cc ountable to e ach other, tracking their time, me eting collectively to e xchange ideas, a nd conferring with outside consultants engaged to offer technical e xpertise. Unlike traditional BAC studios, these students’ flexible schedule s allowed them to dedicate significant amounts of additional time to work together. More advanced students gained valuable pRacTIcE ] TEachINg ouR oWN colin booth leads site visit with hac martinas andriushkiavichus, adam batterbee We are inviting employers who have traditionally partnered with the BAC to join us in further educational experimentation. benjamin Emerson , michael velentzas 26 pRacTIcE