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Practice : Winter 2010
bac alumni Tour New canaan glass houses Fred Noyes FAIA led alumni on a tour of glass homes in New Caanan. alumNI NEWs ] alumNI assocIaTIoN updaTEs 2009 graduates Welcomed into the bac alumni association in style The BAC Alumni Association Board welcomed the College’s newest alumni into the rank s with a unique summer event. The DeCordova Museum in Lincoln Massachusetts wa s the setting for the g uests of honor, our 20 09 gradu ates. Dennis Kois, Museum Director, personally provided a tour of the DeCordova Sculpture Park, and discussed the perma nent collection of outdoor scu lptures borrowed by DeC ordova from a rtists, dealers , mu seu ms a nd private collectors, and outdoor installations de signed by artist s e xpre ssly for sites i n the Sculpture Park. After the tour, the group enjoyed refresh- ments, high spirits and BAC fellowship on the Museum’s roof deck overlooking Sandy Pond. Every bit as inspiring as the artwork, and views from the deck, were the connections made between the Alumni Board members and the ne w graduate s. President Dav id Silverma n ’94 applauded the achievement s of the graduates and encour aged f urther i nvolvement with the BAC through the long st anding tradition of volunteeri sm and participation in alumni initiative s, i ncluding the mentori ng progra m and e vents crafted to educate and provide networking opportunities for alumni. The Alumni Association is strivi ng to build a community that will continue to serve and nurt ure its members; a strong Alumni Association serves to strengthen the mission of the BAC. Overhea rd on the roof deck wa s, “How do I become an Alumni Board memb er?” Our thanks go to Carmen Verrier, wife of BAC Alumni Board Member Bob Verrier ’70, Vice Pre sident, Alumni Board, for arra nging our vi sit to the Museum. For more inf ormation about the DeCordova Museu m, please visit w w w.dec ordova.org. The town of New Canaan is generally con sidered to have a most significant colle ction of mid-century Modern House s, with many unaware of the significance of these home s. This fall, the alumni community was afforded the unique opport unity to tour several glass homes in this community, thanks to the thoughtful gesture of BAC icon Fred Noyes Hon. ’08 FAIA, Past BAC Board Chair. Not only did Fred open up his childhood home, but he also arranged for the group to vi sit other area home s including the Philip Johnson Hodgson House, the Philip Johnson Ball House, and Joeb Moore’s “spec” house. Twenty-five BAC’ers braved the fall rain, arriving from all points in New England to take part. The we ather did little to dampen “the spirits of the group, who collective ly appre ciated the privileged acce ss and curated tour of these homes. Alan Vanderley ’82 eloquently sums up, “For me, the e xperie nce of this New Canaan Saturday was like a walk in the clouds with the ghosts and gods of Modernism — tr uly remarkable . Fred’s fa mily home was as magical and pure as any idea that could be built and experienced.” Fred presented to the group, compa ring the design and layout of the glass homes to the A cropolis complex, a nd reflecting upon the influence of Mies’ and Gropius on the Phillip Joh nson Glass Hou se, a nd Fred ’s fa mily home. The Alumni Board of Directors wou ld especially like to hoist Fred on their shoulders, and praise him for organizing and offering this event to the BAC alumni. deni s koi s, director of the d ecor dova museum present s to al umni alumni explore New canaan modernism amy heimberger ’09, stephanie clements ’09 stacey Rolfe ’09 and kristen Woodbury ’09 36 pRacTIcE