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Practice : Winter 2010
lEgacy of pRacTIcE The plans and aspirations of our work together are founded on the work of so many; and we know that the stories, accomplishments, relationships and careers of many make this school a rich and dynamic place to learn and grow both personally and p rofessionally. We will begin ver y soon a program of inter views of distinguished people whose careers and accomplishments must be gathered and collected for the benefit of historical perspective, illumination of best practices, and as examples of inspired teaching and p rofessional accomplishment for current and future students and faculty. This Legacy of Practice program is envisioned to be a series of video interviews and print profiles that will explore through people’s ow n words the lessons of life and change that have brought distinction and accomplishment . Ia ] TRadITIoNs aNd advaNcEmENT INsTITuTIoNal advaNcEmENT Since joining the staff a s the Vice President of Institution al Advanc ement in September I have been learning what an extraordinary place the BAC is; and having been to Wa shington DC for the Solar Decathlon events and celebration, I can say how proud I am to represent the interests of the C ollege, its traditions and advancement. The Curio hou se, a nd the generous contributions by so ma ny people and companies of money, material s, volunteer work and emotional support ha s be en strengthening and confirming to a ll involved, and has given me a sense of the BAC culture and the Colleges’ commitment to the students and learning. The respect that I have found here between all ages and conditions of students, alumni, volunteers, faculty and staff has made my welcome particularly warm a nd encouraging. The College ha s been built on determination, le adership, luck and money, a nd it has a very c ertain tradition and commitment to open ac c ess, low tuition, apprenticeship experience and instruction by practicing profe ssional de signers a s volunteer faculty. Ser vice to students, a facilitated le arning process, lifelong learning, c onc urrent professiona l practice, a c ommitment to diversity and socia l justice, c onscious civic engagement...so many of the C ollege’s operat- ing principles have b een developed with students in mind and the need s of society as a whole. Who we are and where and how we live is of universal importance; I’m heartened that there is a place like the BAC where anyone can learn about design in the context of life. The BAC is a hard-working school, certainly, but we mu st be successf ul at gathering the resources to manage the ever growing challenge to serve and adapt to the constant demands of stability, growth, a nd continuity. Student projects, engaged lea rning, curriculum develop- ment, su mmer programs for Boston’s youth, online le arning and information management, c apital repairs, incre a sing studio and exhibit spa ce, re aching out to younger audienc es, c ontinuously engaging alumni and new friends, a nd attracting the best talent and thinking is our work. The BAC is growing and changing and thriving, how we c ontinue to de velop a nd evolve depends on our shared interests and commitments. It alway s ha s. Our aspirations and need s to advance the BAC seem to f all into t wo categories, a s described in the Strategic Plan: to provide funding and revenues to support accessibility and a ffordability to students, a nd to provide the nece ssa ry infrastructure to support innovative learning opportunities. The College, a s a lways, invites you to be involved. The dyna mic bet we en intellectua l ideas a nd experiential practice and the lifestyle a nd process of learning and doing architecture and design ha s captured me, a nd I’m looking forward to working with you. I am delighted to be a new member of the Boston Architectural College community. Traditions and advancement christopher cox Christopher Cox Vice President of Institutional Advancement 55 pRacTIcE