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Practice : Winter 2009
NEWSWORThy ] DESIgN INTEllIgENcE RaNkS bac NEWSWORThy DesignIntelligence Ranks bac bachelor of architecture program in Top Ten The BAC is recognized as a World-Class School of Architecture with High Distinction ; and President Landsmark is included as Most Admired Educator The Boston Architectural College i s pleased to announce that the Bachelor of Architecture Program has been listed among the top ten undergraduate architecture programs in the recently released tenth annual Design Intelligence America’s Best Architect ure & Design Schools 2009. The rankings are compiled from sur veys conducted and a nalyzed by The Greenway Group. The sur vey, c onducted in mid-2008 a nd relea sed in December, queried leading firms to determine which college a nd university progra ms have best prepared st udents for tod ay’s a nd tomorrow’s professional practice. The 200 large architecture and design firms, with an 85% response rate, are geographically disbursed across the U.S . and are leaders in market sectors of health care, commercial, a nd institutional design practice. Preparedness for practice, how programs rate in teaching va rious skills, a nd sustainability educ ation were a ll c onsidered, a s wa s information from the National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB), the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), and the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS). Respondents included leading practitioners with direct experienc e in the hiring and performance evalu ation of recent architecture a nd design graduate s. In addition, Dea ns and Chairs of 100 academic programs participated in the survey, a s did medium and small firms, and over 900 architecture students. The BAC was one of 31 out of 239 ac credited profes sion al design school s cited a s providing “world-cl a ss programs” w ith High or Highest Distinction. “Our students, faculty, staff, alumni and governance c an be proud of this recognition,” sa id President Ted Landsmark, who was listed by DesignIntelligence as one of its 26 Most Admired Educators of 2009. “Good designers incre asingly provide leadership in our environments, a nd design educ ators must be innovative to enable graduate s to better provide safe, sustainable, affordable and inspiring places to be in. The Boston Architectural College’s Practice-ba sed educ ation well prepare s graduate s to meet the rapidly changing needs of profes sional practice and public ser vice.” To download the full report, America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools 2009, please visit: www.di.net pRacTIcE 5