Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson

Boston, MA, US




The Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, US, Head, School of Architecture

Mentor and supervise education directors and faculty members in onsite and distance courses. Led successful National Architectural Accreditation Board (NAAB) efforts for re-accreditation of the B. Arch and M. Arch (onsite and distance tracks) programs. Built consensus to create a stronger interdisciplinary vision for the college. Create a stronger community through lectures, events and outreach. Foster faculty and student excellence. Support successful graduates who stay connected to the college.

Jan 2012 - current

Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Providence, RI, US, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Landscape Architecture

Taught a graduate seminar entitled, Landscape Architectural Theory 1. To explore landscape architecture theory and to connect the visual and the verbal realms, this course considered works of environmental art, architecture, landscape architecture, film, and writing in relation to time, site, being and society.

Sep 2001 - Dec 2012

The Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA, US, Director, Advanced Architectural Studios

Created a productive setting for experimentation and cutting edge design methods in advanced studios. Recruit gifted faculty members to teach experimental studios and workshops that meet the BAC's curricular needs. Work individually and through faculty meetings to advance their teaching and share best practices. Created a pecha-kucha lottery presentation that now includes HT electives, advanced studios and workshops open to the entire community to share the rich perspectives that are on offer.

Mar 1998 - Jan 2012


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Master of Architecture with special emphasis on the connection between architectural production and the city.

Sep 1991 - May 1994

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, MA, US, Bachelors, School of Architecture

Bachelor of Science in Art and Design with a concentration in cognitive science, visual perception and urban planning.

Sep 1984 - Dec 1987


2011 Edmund C. Toomey Award for Student Advocacy, Award

In honor of his commitment to the students of the Boston Architectural College, the Edmund C. Toomey Award for Student Advocacy is awarded y the Atelier Board as representatives of the student body to a member of the faculty, staff, or administration who best exemplifies his priorities and willingness to put students above all else.


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