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Practice : Winter 2009
of c ommunication, which is not always e a sy, given the dista nce and la nguage barrier. These Kuwait projects are led by Charles (Chuck) Redmon FAIA, a fa milia r figure to those in the BAC community. Redmon, a Principal at C7A, has served two terms a s Chairman of the Board of Directors and continues to serve on the Board as Past Chair, a nd, over the ye ars, ha s c ontributed mightily to the evolution of the C ollege. Redmon points to a recent sur vey of internationa l firms in which they were a sked to describe the qualities they would most like to see in new graduate s. Strong c ommunication and collaboration skills , a nd nimblene ss and responsivenes s a ll topped the list. R edmon says that, a s a firm, C7A is working hard to create a global practice environment, a nd that these Kuwait projects are a perfect opportunity for young a rchitects to work with an internationa l consultant team and gain experience using tools like video conferencing and other strategies to better manage projects outside the U.S. He believes the curriculum of the BAC is helping to cre ate this next generation of “global practice” a rchitects. Enhancing connection s to the BAC is something Redmon and the other C7A principals take very seriously. Fellow Principal Peter Kuttner FAIA taught first-yea r studio in the early ’80s, and served on the Board as the Boston Society of Architects liaison in 1997 and 1998. A few yea rs later, Kuttner chaired the Nominating Committee and still serves as an Overseer. It’s not just the le aders of the firm who embrace their ties to the BAC; 21 members of C7A’s 70-pers on sta ff have links to the BAC—including more than half of the technical staff. Redmon describes C7A as “an innovative learning laboratory for BAC students and other young designers.” The firm benefits from the energy and fresh thinking these young profes sion als provide, while, for their part, a n opportunity to work at Cambridge Seven is a chance to work on some of the most exciting a rchitecture projects happening today. It’s this creative momentum which ha s helped the firm stay rele vant to young designers, while simultaneously attracting clients who want to enjoy not only the end product of design but also the entire coll aborative process. Associate Principal Peter Sollog ub taught at the BAC and was the chairman of the Visual Studies Department. Stefanie Greenfield AIA, also an Associate Principal, has served as a juror, and been an IDP mentor at the BAC. She has taken classes and was even the receptionist, back in the days of Elsie Hurst, while her father, Sandy Greenfield FAIA, was the President of the BAC. Jim Puopolo AIA, a nother Senior Associate, graduated the BAC in 1987, a nd Senior Associate Adam Mitchell AIA has been an advanc ed studio instructor for a decade, since 1998, and has also been a thesis advisor. Amy Hastings AIA, Associate at C7A, started teaching an Adva nced Studio, “Creation by Muse,” in ’96 and repeated it a few yea rs later, ba sed on the study and design of visual art museums. Since then, she’s been a thesis advisor for three students and on the panel for one thesis student. One of C7A’s most active alumni, Associate Bert Bremer is currently Chair of the Practice Faculty, and has been a member of Practice faculty since 2001. He is the 2008 Chair of the Alumni Association Nominating Committee , and was the Past Secretary of the Alumni Association. He served for many years as first a student member and then an a lumni member of the BAC Nominating Committee. He c oordinates Internships/ Practicums for BAC students at C7A, which sometimes also makes him the host of tours of C7A for other BAC students. On occasion he has been a presenter at “career change” workshops at BAC. This year Paul Herbert has been promoted to an A-1 Studio C oordinator, and is teaching his own A-1 Studio. Last year he taught A-1 Studio as well as Design Principles, a nd in 2005–2006 he taught Orthogonal Drawing, Perspective Drawing, a nd Portfolio Design. Be sides his work teaching, Paul is a student as well, taking Teaching for Understanding, the first leg of the Certificate Program for Design Education. While teaching, he ha s taken advantage of C7A designers Yong-Joo K im, Jan Brenner, Justin Cra ne, Chris Pizzichemi, a nd Chris Muskopf as critics. Stefan Bold Associate AIA has been a teacher at the BAC a nd participated in design crits, a nd Jan Brenner AIA has been a teacher at the BAC, lumsan venis ad tion et ulla aqua rium kuwait NEWSWORThy ] c7a pROfIlE Working in kuwait: chuck Redmon faIa pRacTIcE 30