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Practice : Winter 2009
The interdisciplinary structure of the BAC, teaching design from the widest perspective across multiple design fields, mirrors the philosophy of Hideo Sasaki. The design inquiry that goes on in a BAC classroom is similar to what happens daily in the design studios of Sasaki. ---Jim Sukeforth, CEO Sasaki The Hideo Sasaki Foundation Funds Two Programs at the BAC The all-volunteer faculty model of the BAC allows Sasaki professionals to teach and thus be aware of the latest thinking among young emerging designers. e Hideo Sasaki Foundation has made two signi cant gifts to the BAC which will further the College's mission by funding important programs aimed at improving cross-disciplinary education and collaborative learning. In , the BAC partnered with the Hideo Sasaki Foundation to create the Hideo Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic program, which embodies the values of Hideo Sasaki by fostering collaboration and integration across the design disciplines. e Foundation has provided a , grant for the DVC program and an additional , to fund a new program entitled Exploring Collaborative Inquiry, aimed at teaching collaboration, evaluating the learning outcomes for students and instructors and, ultimately, creating a set of qualitative metrics that would be able to demonstrate the value added by a cross-disciplinary, collaborative approach to design projects. Hideo Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic As the largest independent professional spatial design college in the United States, the BAC promotes diverse educational initiatives across the traditional disciplinary boundaries of Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Design Studies. As part of this e ort, each spring the BAC invites Distinguished Visiting Critics to exhibit work and conduct an advanced studio for those seeking to study with highly accom- plished practitioners. Prior Distinguished Visiting Critics include: Winton Scott (Winton Scott Architects, Portland Maine), Cheryl and Je ery Katz (C & J Katz Studio), Michelle Fornabai (ambo.infra design), Ted Galante ( e Galante Architecture Studio Inc.), Hansy Better Barraza (Studio Luz), and Alex Anmahian (Anmahian Winton Associates). e inaugural Sasaki Critics chosen for the -- academic year were the founding principals of SINGLE speed DESIGN, Jinhee Park and John Hong. Not only did these designers teach students to think reciprocally about design and the environment in studio, but Park and Hong also presented a lecture and an extraordinary exhibition, Convergent Design, that allowed students to explore the interdisciplinary territory between social and structural systems in design. e exhibition challenged students, faculty and members of the BAC community and the public, to engage in critical thinking across disciplines and open inquiry in the spirit of Hideo Sasaki. e -- program at the BAC featured Alex Anmahian, principal of Anmahian Winton Architects, Cambridge. Anmahian engaged the students in a range of activities that emphasized an innovative design approach and thoughtful use of materials. Anmahian Winton's exhibition AWA Assemblies examined the relationship between highly articulated materials and quiet aggregate forms. IA ] HIDEO SASAKI FOUNDATION PRACTICE 60