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  • Turning Architects into Entrepreneurs

    By deancascieri
    Jun 12, '20 9:43 AM EST

    The unique education model at the BAC offers students real life experience not just after they graduate but while they're still in the classroom. One course in particular that equips students for their lifelong careers is Practice Management, a NAAB required course designed to help students become successful as principals in the future. The course aims to give students an idea about how complex running an architectural business can be. Students learn that they must obtain business knowledge and entrepreneurial skills in addition to the technical competency they must have.

    Isra Banks, BAC faculty member, shares, "I usually take this course as an opportunity to empower students as employees and as future leaders. However, over the years, I found that some students' career progress is hampered by the fear of the profession's future. I usually hear things like, we're not paid enough as designers or we're never going to make enough money as architects. I see surprised faces when I ask, "As a future principal, how will you prepare for the next recession?" I don't get any answers to that question!"

    To better prepare students for the future, Banks decided to tweak her goal for the new semester. "I wanted to provide students with the confidence required to start a business in the future or claim their rightful position in the firm they decide to stay at without being hindered by self-doubt. I also wanted to help them believe that they have the tools to survive the next recession. I tried to convince them that they, as designers, have skills that will enable them to do things other than designing buildings with the training they're gaining at the BAC."

    The assignment was simple: create a business plan. Then, Banks provided each group of students with an envelope that contained the amount of their seed fund. From there each group had to utilize their plan for how they would produce the product or service, market it, and ultimately sell it.

    "I was curious about the outcomes of this experiment! Shall my students provide design services like interior decor or home staging? Are they going to sell cookies and donuts? Are they going to be able to make an actual profit? Are they even going to take this exercise seriously or buy coffee with their $5 seed fund?" Banks shared.

    After a semester's work, each group came up with legitimate business plans and learned what it takes to execute a successful service or product. "To my astonishment, students were enthusiastic about the project; they have all designed and executed viable products or services; they came up with marketing plans and made actual sales and profit," Banks stated.

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  • Dr. Mahesh Daas, President of The Boston Architectural College, Announces Plans for Fall 2020

    By deancascieri
    Jun 5, '20 12:44 PM EST

    President Mahesh Daas shares an important update regarding BAC's decision for the fall semester and new initiatives going forward. We encourage you to watch his video message here. View full entry

  • Digital Graduation Exhibit

    By deancascieri
    May 28, '20 12:16 PM EST

    In our 130th year, the Boston Architectural College commends a new generation of socially conscious designers with this exhibit! We present the work of the BAC 2020 degree recipients from undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Architecture, and Landscape... View full entry

  • Design for Human Health During COVID-19

    By deancascieri
    Apr 27, '20 4:14 PM EST

    The Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health (DHH) program at the Boston Architectural College is uniquely poised to leverage design’s powers to transform the built environment and public health, especially now, at this time of increasing awareness of this connection.  “DHH was... View full entry

  • BSA Calls for AEC Industry to Assist During COVID-19

    By deancascieri
    Mar 27, '20 4:59 PM EST

    Our friends at the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) are calling on all AEC industry workers to collaborate and assist with identifying, evaluating, documenting, and retrofitting buildings and other facilities to accommodate the anticipated surge in acute inpatient care due to COVID-19. We... View full entry

  • Albania to Boston: Journey of an Architect

    By deancascieri
    Mar 18, '20 4:03 PM EST

    After winning the green card lottery, Erion Nikolla (B.Arch '17) migrated from Albania to Boston with nothing but one thing: a clear passion for pursuing architecture. Now, after graduating from the BAC, he is an architect at Wilson Butler Architects and plans to become a project leader.What... View full entry

  • Designing for Change #NETHERLANDSplanBAC

    By deancascieri
    Oct 23, '19 12:50 PM EST

    In order to design for a climate ready future, we must learn lessons from our past. Climate change calls for a new way of thinking, a new way of approaching problems, and a constructive effort to building a collective consciousness around the issues our planet is facing and will continue to face... View full entry

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