Huxtable Fellows earn stipends to work on Gateway projects, mentor students, and be mentored by BAC leadership.
Learn more about this exciting new opportunity here!
The deadline for the academic year 2013-2014 has passed.
Welcome to Gateway!
What is Gateway?
How to Get Involved [students, faculty, community clients]
Information for Current Gateway Students + Faculty
Gateway Gallery: Current and Past Work
Independent Practice, Travel, Independent Volunteering
Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship for Civic Engagement
Since 2008, the Gateway program has served nearly 600 students and nearly 80 different local non-profits and neighborhood groups; it is a true learning laboratory, where students are actively engaged in applied, project-based learning, interacting with and serving community clients, and participating comprehensively in a wide variety of projects. Gateway projects give students an opportunity to earn Practice hours while bosltering their portfolios, serving their communities, increasing their technical and professional skills, engaging in cross-disciplinary work, and providing a venue to network with other students, faculty, and community members. Gateway projects are not intended to entirely replace the ways in which students have traditionally earned Practice hours - by working in design firms and related fields - but can serve as alternative options while students search for traditional employment in a design firm. Students who have participated in Gateway projects have consistently cited it as one of the most important, and powerful, aspects of their education at the BAC.
Each semester, the Practice Department advertises and offers a variety of projects for students to become involved with. The Practice Department holds an Open House at the beginning of each semester, where students can come and learn about the Gateway offerings for that semester. Students then apply, and, if accepted to the program, begin work on a project with their team, instructor, and community client!
For more information on other opportunities for earning Practice hours, such as Independent Practice, Travel, or Independent Volunteering, please see the section on Independent Practice, or email David Eccleston, Director of Indepdent Practice Projects.
Students: You are eligible to apply for Gateway at the start of your second semester at the BAC. Watch your email and the student blog for announcements about when new Gateway projects are starting, typically at the beginning of each semester. To get an idea for what is required of you to participate in a Gateway project, please see our Information for Current Gateway Students page.
Faculty: The Practice Department is always looking for qualified, dynamic, and committed faculty members. If you're interested in teaching a Gateway project, please contact Marilyn Moedinger, Director of Gateway.
Community Clients and Partners: The Practice Department is always looking for new community partners - non-profits, neighborhood groups, and other community partners. We work with our community clients to help clarify project scope, goals, and deliverables, and to uncover and develop creative ways our students can gain professional experience by working on community projects. We do not work for individuals or for-profit companies, and we do not offer full-service architectural or design services [ie stamped drawings], such as clients would get at a professional design firm. Rather, we provide services, from analysis/feasibilitystudies to design and design/build and post-occupancy analysis, that allow our community clients to embark on fundraising campaigns, put together RFPs, or conduct research. If you and your organization have an idea for a project, and you're not sure if it's a good fit for Gateway, just send us an email - we'd love to hear from you!
Please click here for full information on policies, resources, and expectations for students involved in Gateway projects.
Who have we served? Nearly 80 local non-profits, community groups, and partners! Click the links below for more information and to see some student work from these projects.
- Arlington Children's Theatre
- BAC Campus Climate Action Plan
- Boston Improv Theatre
- Boston Parks and Rec
- Boys and Girls Club of Boston
- Brook Farm
- Carter School
- Citizen Schools
- Codman Academy
- Charlestown Community Gardens
- Children's Cooperative Montessori School
- Chinatown Neighborhood Association
- Chinatown Library Furniture
- Church of the Covenant
- City of Ashland
- City of Boston
- City of Brookline
- City of Cambridge
- City of Somerville
- Cochituate State Park
- Department of Neighborhood Development
- Division of Capital Asset Management
- Dorchester Community Food Co-op
- Egleston Square Main Streets
- Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston
- Fields Corner Library
- First United Parish Church, Everett
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Girl Scouts
- Greater Love Tabernacle
- Grove Hall Neighborhood Planning Study
- Hawthorne Youth and Community Center
- Higginson Lewis School
- Hosmer School
- Housing Assistance Corporation of Cape Cod [Ecotopia House]
- Institute for Human Centered Design
- Joyful Noise
- Juniper Gardens
- Lake Cochituate State Park
- Metropolitan Waterworks
- National Organization for Minority Architecture Students
- New England Conservatory
- PJ Kennedy School
- Roxbury Community Arts Center
- Salvation Army
- Somerville Community Center
- Somerville Public Library
- Stonybrook Neighborhood Association
- Transition House
More info coming soon! Stay tuned.
The Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning is a new program at the BAC, generously funded by a grant from OneWorld Boston, a grant-making entity of the Cummings Foundation.
The Huxtable Fellows program has four goals:
1. Mobilize and reward talented, advanced students for work on the BAC's Gateway Projects;
2. Provide talented, advanced students with an opportunity to connect with other Fellows, students, and mentors across projects and disciplines in Fellows Summits and mentoring activities;
3. Provide body of work to help the Practice Department and the BAC continue to sharpen its applied learning pedagogies and methods of assessing student learning;
4. Heighten and insure quality of final deliverables to Gateway clients to strengthen portfolios of students involved in Gateway projects, increase quality of deliverables to Gateway clients, and strengthen the Practice Department's portfolio of work to continue to build Gateway program.
Fellows will dedicate between 6 and 8 hours to their assigned Gateway project per week, divided between attending weekly team meetings, providing administrative support to their faculty member, and collaborating with the student team on their independent work sessions, additional community outreach, and research. Throughout the semester, they will participate in Fellows Summits, which will include monthly reflective meetings with the Huxtable Faculty Advisor [Marilyn Moedinger, Director of Gateway], and a special lunch with the BAC Overseers. These meetings will give the Fellows chances to connect with each other, and reflect on their own learning and development. In addition to the mentoring roles outlined above, Fellows will assist in the documentation of their project's progress over the semester, including photos, images, interim design sketches and diagrams, etc. Finally, they will play a key role in participating in the evaluation and assessment of the entire project and learning outcomes for themselves as well as the projects that they have served.
Huxtable Fellows will:
- take leadership roles on projects, mentoring the team regarding with teamwork, professionalism, and time management
- learn and hone management skills, as they help manage other students, workflow, deadlines, and client interaction
- understand the value of, and effective strategies for, community engagement
- learn and hone their collaboration and cooperation skills
- generate work for their own professional/academic portfolios
- understand the value of, and engage in, mentoring and collegiality with the other Fellows, the Practice Department, and a select group of professional Mentors.
To be considered for a Huxtable Fellowship, students must:
- be currently enrolled as a student at the BAC in one of the onsite degree-granting programs
- be in good academic standing
- be in Segment 2 or 3 of their program
- be able to commit to 6-8 hours a week during each semester to Fellowship/Gateway work
The stipend amount for 2013/2014 is $2800, which will be paid in four equal installments over the course of the year. There will be 6 Fellows chosen for the 2013/2014 academic year.
Any student may be dismissed from the program and forfeit their remaining stipend if they, at any time during the duration of their Fellowship, fail to uphold the eligibility requirements.
Please contact Marilyn Moedinger if you have any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A: Gateway Projects give students the opportunity to acquire professional skills and experience working on design projects that help make them more marketable in the field, to develop portfolio-quality work, and to engage in meaningful work with non-profits and community organizations. Students can earn Practice hours for their work on Gateway projects.
At the beginning of each semester, the Practice Department launches new Gateway projects, which take several forms. Most projects involve direct engagement between teams of students and community organization, for whom students are designing something, doing a feasibility study, or doing research. All of these activities are supervised by design professionals or Practice faculty members.
These activities are open to all students and are structured to allow both advanced and inexperienced students the opportunity for unique and exciting Practice-based learning. The time commitments and individual projects offered each semester vary; students who are interested should watch for announcements at the beginning of the semester for the Gateway Open House, or contact the Practice Department directly at email@example.com.Q: How do I learn about and sign up for Gateway projects?
A: The launch of Gateway projects occurs twice a year at the Gateway Open House: at the beginning of the fall semester (August) and at the beginning of the spring semester (January). Students will be notified of the location, date, and timing of the Open House via BAC email. The Open House provides students with the opportunity to learn about the semester's Gateway projects; they will also meet and speak with client representatives from nonprofit organizations involved in Community Projects and instructors/faculty. During the evening, each student submits an application selecting their preferred projects.
Following the Open House, Practice staff review student applications and consider each student's preferred projects along with their experience, expertise, Skill Level, and needs/requests of the client, and form project teams. These teams often blend students from different disciplines and varied skill sets so that students learn from each other as well as from faculty.
Teams are announced at the Gateway Orientation, which happens a week or two after the Open House. Here, students learn who is on their team, meet their instructors, and conduct their first team meeting.
Q: What will I do on a Gateway project? What will I learn?
A: Gateway students are working on real projects for real clients. The clients have signed a Letter of Understanding with the Practice Department, outlining what the deliverables are for the project, and students must deliver those items at the end of the semester. Because the Practice Department, our community clients, and our instructors are committed to student learning, students' personal learning goals and goals for acquiring new skills are included in the deliverables of the semester. Students must work collaboratively on a team both to deliver the client's requested deliverables and to further their own learning, just as if they were working in a design firm.
Therefore, students learn everything from time management to group dynamics to project delivery and scheduling to design concepts to community process to how to advocate for their own learning. We expect, and support, student learning in the following areas:
- Develop critical thinking, design, and collaborative leadership skillsLearn about the phases of a typical design project: planning, design, and implementation
- Understand and appreciate the operational side of design and project management
- Learn and hone technical skills that are needed to work in today's design firms
- Gain a cross-cultural perspective and cultivate a sensitivity to interpersonal dynamics that are vital in developing effective working relationships between designers and clients
- Learn about the human and economic impacts of alternative design solutions that are environmentally progressive and sustainable.
Q: Who gets selected for a Gateway project?
The Practice Department considers a wide variety of factors in determining who gets placed on which team. All students, in all degree programs, and regardless of skill level, are encouraged to apply! Generally foundation undergraduate students are not accepted into the program, to allow them to get acclimated to the school.
Q: What are the Gateway policies and requirements?
Please see our Information for Current Gateway Students and Faculty page for more information.