What's Your Story?

Stories from the Faces of the BAC

  • What's Your Story? :: Recent 2014 Graduate, Norma Fevrier

    Greg Sikora
    Sep 9, '14 2:02 PM EST

    What's Your Story? :: Recent 2014 Graduate, Norma Fevrier

    Norma Fevrier graduated from the BAC in 2014 with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree. Norma has been a member of the BAC community since 2006 when she began the Summer Academy High School Design Exploration Program as a Houseman Scholar. The Houseman Scholarship Program aims to increase diversity among BAC students, graduates, and the design professions by making design education available to underrepresented groups in the profession.

    As an active member of her church, Norma's passion for design and interiors was known throughout the community. Thanks to a church member who discovered the Summer Academy program; and thanks to the diligent support of her family, high school guidance counselor at Arlington Catholic, and Kara Peet, former BAC Summer Academy Director; Norma was able to attend Summer Academy with a full scholarship to explore the design profession.

    "The best part of Summer Academy was the field trips around Boston. I grew up close to the city, but I was opened up to all the small details and discovered design is everywhere," reflected Norma. "The entire experience confirmed my thoughts about design. I knew it was for me and what I should be doing."

    Norma returned to the BAC as a mentor in the 2007 Summer Academy program and transitioned into the BAC as a new student in the Bachelor of Interior Design program the following fall. Norma was a recipient of The Houseman Professional Program Scholarship, an award offered to a past Houseman Summer Academy Scholarship recipient, which provided tuition assistance throughout her studies at the BAC.

    The practice-based curriculum at the BAC was a significant shift from Summer Academy. "From day one, you are networking and learning with other working professionals, building your design resume, and having a real-world experience," said Norma. "I know I matured faster and stayed more focused on my goals at the BAC than I would have at any other college."

    As Norma grew as a designer, she developed a passion for hospitality design. Her final degree project was the transformation of a scrapped ship into a cruise liner with a design that emphasized a personalized passenger experience focused on interaction, transition, and balance. Special features included garden and play spaces for shared experiences along with therapeutic activity zones for relaxation.

    Norma was the first Houseman Scholar to graduate from the BAC and she credits much of her success to the scholarship. "It gave me an opportunity to go a school that impacted my life and career dramatically. I was lucky to have the freedom to explore many different areas of design and had the drive to stay on track because someone believed in me," said Norma.

    She currently works for Ana Donohue Interiors as a Design Assistant focusing on residential design. She plans on continuing to develop her skills as a designer and traveling around the world to gain new perspectives on design.

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  • Where are they now? :: Alumni, Wonnie Ru

    Greg Sikora
    Jun 11, '14 1:51 PM EST

    Where are they now? :: Alumni, Wonnie RuWonnie Ru is a Bachelor of Interior Design graduate from the BAC. Originally from South Korea, she came to the United States during High School. Wonnie previously attended the University of Massachusetts, Amherst for Hotel Management but changed her career... View full entry

  • What's Your Story? :: Cameron, Lucca, Daniel, and Unnumbered Sparks

    Greg Sikora
    Apr 16, '14 3:44 PM EST

    What's Your Story? :: Cameron, Lucca, Daniel, and Unnumbered SparksBy Rose Brakesman, Master of Architecture Candidate“When we find out about a project we let our minds’ wander about what should actually be there,” and the fun begins for three BAC students who are working in the studio of... View full entry

  • What's Your Story? :: Julie Shapiro

    Greg Sikora
    Mar 31, '14 2:04 PM EST

    What's Your Story? :: Julie Shapiro - Testaccio Project Rome 2013By Anastasia Lyons, Bachelor of Design Studies CandidateLast summer, Dean of Students Richard Griswold and Instructor Jovi Cruces led a group of students on a study abroad trip based in Rome, Italy. The opportunity to travel and... View full entry

  • What's Your Story - Arlen Stawasz

    Greg Sikora
    Mar 10, '14 6:40 PM EST

    What's Your Story - Arlen StawaszBy Gregory Lent, BDS CandidateArlen Stawasz (pictured above on left) is a recent graduate of the BAC, and recipient of the 2013 Ames Scholarship.  I had a chance to sit down with Arlen recently and discuss his approach to the scholarship and how his project has... View full entry

  • Where are they now? :: PLACETAILOR

    Greg Sikora
    Feb 7, '14 9:41 AM EST

    As an institution the BAC is always looking to see what our alumni are doing out in the world after they graduate.  Here is a great story of where a degree from the Boston Architectural College can take you!PLACETAILOR: Design+Build InnovatorsBy Rose Brakesman, Master of Architecture... View full entry

    Placetailor: Designers Building

  • Not Your Grandmother's BAC

    Greg Sikora
    Jan 29, '14 3:56 PM EST

    Once upon a time, back in the 20th Century, the Boston Architectural College had only one NAAB accredited bachelor of architecture degree. But really one size degree does not fit all. The B. Arch is not going anyplace but it has been joined by an onsite M. Arch, a Distance M. Arch, and a BDS to... View full entry

  • What's Your Story - Richard Griswold

    Greg Sikora
    Jan 29, '14 2:27 PM EST

    Richard Griswold - Staff & InstructorRichard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students at the Boston Architectural College, holds a Master in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal.  His BA is from Bennington... View full entry

  • What's Your Story - Anesu Dhliwayo

    Greg Sikora
    Jan 28, '14 1:10 PM EST

    Anesu Dhliwayo - StudentAnesu Dhliwayo is a Bachelor of Architecture candidate at the BAC and currently serves as Atelier's, the BAC's Student Government President (2013-2014). Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Anesu moved to the United States in 2004. Her relationship with design started soon after... View full entry

  • Welcome to What's Your Story?

    Greg Sikora
    Jan 23, '14 12:34 PM EST

    For this first post we just wanted to say hello to Archinect, and welcome to the Boston Architectural College's blog series, What's Your Story?  Our initial post will be a brief explanation of why this blog exists.So why did the BAC decide to create a blog about stories from student, faculty... View full entry

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