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Practice : Fall 2008
The BAC’s evolved curricula and focus are indicators of a shift toward greater social responsibility. walking the walk Our design profession s have long spoken of the ne ed for profes sional ac countability. Yet our awards and publications h ave primarily emphasized innovative formalist designs that too often pay lip ser vice to su stainabilit y, inclusivene ss, a nd collaboration a cross disciplines. Cha nge is emerging in these attitude s, a nd the BAC’s evolved curricula and focus are indicators of a shift toward greater social responsibility. We have just completed one of the most remarkable years in the BAC’s history. Last fall was marked by strengthening collab orative activities acros s our curricula , expa nding online educ ation, enhancing cultivation activities, introducing a new governance orientation, hosting a conferenc e on using historic properties for c ampus expansion, working on an AIA Practice Academy grant on the use of technology in integrated practice delivery, a nd expanding our landscape architecture progra m. New a cc ountability procedure s have been introduc ed to link budget expenditures to our Strategic Plan a nd learning assessment procedures. spring 2008 activities In May, the BAC greeted thousands of visitors to the American Institute of Architects A nnual Convention in Boston. Numerous e vents welcomed many who experienc ed the expanded BAC for the first time. Subway ads celebrated five of our graduates, enc ouraging conventioneers to visit our Alumni Exhibition at our ne w building at 951 Boylston Street, a nd the 2% Women of Color exhibition in our McC ormick Gallery. We hosted a special party for AIA President Marshall Purnell and the After Party for young professionals, while we maintained a booth at the C onvention to share information about our greatly diversified progra ms and online profession al cou rse s. Earlier, the BAC al so presented a booth at the a nnua l BSA’s R esidential Design show. In April, BAC Architecture a nd Interior Design Heads and I co-fa cilitated a meeting in Cincinnati of design sc hool educators at school s with architecture and interior design programs. This was the first of a pla nned series of Inside: Out meetings to discuss how ac credited c urricula in the t wo fields overlap and diverge, a s a step toward developing stronger entry-le vel Foundation and collaborative educ ation programs. Former Provost Ed Toomey has reorganized our Foundation-level staffing to bring increa sed focus to that area. Our Interior Design progra m staffing has been increa sed under Dave Harrison’s direction to better ser ve our larger enrollments in Interiors matriculating and Certificate programs. Significant new staffing has been added to our online programs. The Distance Master of Architecture program is proving to be a great succ es s, now enrolling 61 advanc ed students holding four-ye ar design degrees , who are seeking to complete a NAAB-accredited Master’s degree program while continuing to work in their 25 home st ate s. PResiDenT’s leTTeR ] TeD lanDsMaRk PResiDenT’s leTTeR PRaCTiCe 4