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Professional Development Workshops

Professional & Continuing Education / The Landscape Institute

Summer is short, try something new with the BAC!

Join us in one of our walking tours around Boston; learn about green roofs or how to plant for seasonal color with perennials and shrubs. Need your CEUs for the year? Participate in our CEU weekend and earn 12 HSW and LU CEU credits. Learn how to promote your business and communicate well with your clients. Or, explore your interest interior and landscape design. Email us at pce@the-bac.edu for more information about upcoming workshops! All workshops will be held at the Boston Architectural College unless noted otherwise.

*A full refund occurs when a student cancels 24 hours prior to the workshop. No refunds are given the day of the workshop or once the workshop has begun.

  • CEU Weekend
  • Professional Management
  • Textiles & Treatments
  • Landscape Design

CEU Weekend

Architects, take advantage of the opportunity to fulfill professional development requirements at the BAC. Sessions provide a combination of HSW and LU CEU credits. BAC faculty and guest speakers will address critical topics that affect the work of today's design professional.


Saturday, June 7, 2014 & Sunday, June 8, 2014
Pricing: $199 per session; $545 for entire weekend
Topics include: 
Design/Build: Legal Aspects and Professional Climate Change
Human Health Design
Massachusetts Building Codes: An Update
Sustainable Neighborhoods
Structure and Color 

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PDV4005 7:00 - 9:00PM: How to Talk to Your Clients:  What it Takes to be a Successful Designer
Date:  Monday June 9, Wednesday June 11, & Monday 16, 2014
What does it take to be a successful designer? A critical component for success is the ability to conduct an ongoing dialogue with clients. In this 3-day workshop, we will develop techniques for effective communication.
Fee: $150
Instructor: John Altobello
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SEM0060 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Advanced 20/20- Mechanical Plans
Date:  Monday June 9 & Thursday June 12, 2014
When you are designing a bath or kitchen the location of the lights, fixtures, switches and outlets is often the first thing your contractor wants from you. Learn how to use 2020 to create a mechanical plan from your completed 2020 design. With a few steps you can add lights, outlets, switches and plumbing fixtures--and have 2020 centerline them automatically. The workshop starts with a sample design and walks through the steps to a complete mechanical plan. Workshop participants should have completed Introduction to 2020 or have hands on experience using 2020 in kitchen design.
Fee: $150
Instructor: Carol Dean
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SEM0037: Successful Window Treatments: Inspiration to Installation
Date: Tuesday June 3, Tuesday June 10, & Thursday June 12, 2014
Practicing professionals and students of interior design and architecture will be able to design, specify, order and control the installation of moderately difficult window treatments. Students will learn how to:

  1. Change the scale of a window with a specific treatment
  2. Understand the designer's role in creating positive relationships with a workroom
  3. Clearly communicate their design through drawings
  4. Take measurements
Fee: $300
Instructor: Joanne Mills
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SEM0058 10:30AM - 12:30PM: Green Roof Tutorial

Date: Friday May 30, 2014
This tutorial will met at a specialty green roof company, Green Roof Recovery, in Somerville, MA. Gain insight into planting media, construction materials and products. Get answers to questions that have been perplexing you. Co-Founder, Mark Winterer will give a tour of his facility during the seminar at Fringe in Union Square.
Fee: $0
Instructor: Marie Stella
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SEM050 6:30 - 9:00PM: Introduction to Sketchup for Landscape Designers
Date: Monday June 2 - June 23, 2014 
This workshop introduces students to digital representation and quick concept production in digital 3D using the program Google SketchUp. SketchUp is a free and easy-to-learn program that enables designers to quickly model designs for both study and final presentations. The class will provide an introduction to the fundamental tools for drafting and creating 3D objects, with a focus on specific tasks related to landscape design. Integration with SketchUp Warehouse and Google Earth will also be discussed. PERQUISITE: This workshop requires basic computer skills, familiarity with file management, uploading images, working with zip files and usb drives.
Instructor: Sam Valentine
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SEM0013 9:30AM - 12:30PM: Residential Landscape Design class for Homeowners
Date: Wednesdays June 3 - July 25, 2014
This class will help homeowners develop a practical and attractive landscape for their home, whether they are starting from a new, bare site or making over an established previously landscaped site to suit their own needs. Students will learn how to determine their site's challenges and opportunities and develop appropriate design ideas. Design strategies for minimizing maintenance chores and to create comfortable and attractive outdoor spaces will be emphasized. The class will help students with appropriate location of walks, driveways and patios as well as selection and positioning of trees, shrubs, and perennials.
Fee: $480
Laura Eisener
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SEM036 9:30AM - 12:30PM: Introduction to Site Construction for Garden Design
Date: Thursdays June 5 - 26, 2014
More info coming soon!
Fee: $300
Instructor: Steven Foster
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SEM0061 3:00 - 8:00PM: Green roofs, Rains Gardens and Permaculture
Date: Friday - Sunday June 20 - June 22, 2014 
Try your hand at green roofs, a quick vertical, vegetated wall or rain garden - Come to Shelburne Falls, MA for a two day ecological design-build intensive focused on native plant material. The Beaver Lodge, a LEED Platinum residence designed by Marie Stella is a hands-on teaching laboratory. Our session will introduce students to "The Sustainable Sites Initiative" guidelines, include tours of a wetland and native plant nurseries, and culminate with the completion of a small green roof on a children's playhouse. We will fully investigate the eco-roof, its periods of brown dormancy and question material choices-monoculture or biodiversity, mosses, bulbs, annuals and perennials. The green roof is a new part of the American garden. We must strive to understand its requirements and parameters. Bibliography for suggested study provided. Room and board not included in tuition. Detailed directions to Beaver Lodge in Shelburne Falls will be included in your course confirmation. Dormitory accommodations are available at Beaver Lodge. Friday evening dinner will feature a potluck, often a culinary treat. While nutritious dishes will be available, students are encouraged to bring their Saturday meals.
Fee: $220
Instructor: Marie Stella
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SEM0062 10:00AM - 1:00PM: Perennial & Shrub Planting Design for Seasonal Color
Date: Wednesdays July 9 - 30, 2014 
This four session workshop examines planting design, color combinations and effective bed layout. In this workshop students will learn to combine the users experience and circulation systems, with massing and form to create stunning plant combinations. Students will practice design applications based on color theory, texture, and form to create seasonal planting combinations, winter form, and backdrops to highlight waves of color. Students will design a front and back garden focusing on impact through planting design and form, students may select their own sites. Learn personalized color palettes and planting layouts to create combinations for ongoing colorful displays. The role of planted containers will be discussed and included in design. The class format includes lecture, discussion of reading, design support and review of weekly design excercises. This workshop is best suited for individuals who have working knowledge of some garden plants and a strong interest in horticulture. 
Fee: $240
Instructor: Maria Von Brincken
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SEM0067 9:30AM - 12:00PM: Restoration of the Muddy River, part of the Emerald Necklace, Fenway at Kenmore Square
Date: Friday July 18, 2014
Marion Pressley, FASLA and LI instructor, will lead an two and a half hour tour to the Back Bay Fens and the Muddy River including the area under renovation by the Sears building. An expert on the history and the significance of the area, Ms. Pressley will focus on issues of sustainability, urban planning, historic preservation and long-term sustainability.  Years in the making, the $93 million Muddy River restoration project broke ground in October 2012, dredging long-covered parts of the river and installing culverts to improve water flow and to ease flooding of the Landmark Center and surrounding areas.
Fee: $35
Instructor: Marion Elsa Pressley
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SEM0069 11:00AM - 3:00PM: The Mount, Lenox MA and Chesterwood, Stockbridge MA
Date: Saturday July 19, 2014
Visit the Mount, Edith Wharton's summer country home, in Lenox, MA with tour leader, Marie Stella. View the house interior and furnishings, including the private library, newly refurbished bedroom suite and the back of the house areas and new  exhibit in the kitchen. Spend time in the three acre formal gardens which are comprised of the Italian walled garden, alpine rock garden, grass terraces, floral displays and the lime (linden) walk. Gain insight into the complex restoration process as we review archival material, period photographs and Wharton's literary works. Enjoy the opportunity to converse with Ross Jolly, Director of Facilities, who will answer your questions. We will lunch together at the Garden Cafe and meet with Executive Director, Susan Wissler. Later you are free to explore on your own and stay for a live music performance at the terrace cafe, starting at 5 PM. Bring a picnic supper to enjoy, if you wish.
Fee: $35
Marie Stella
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