Summer Academy at the Boston Architectural College (BAC) is a design exploration program for high school students entering grades 10 and above. For the month of July, high school students from the Greater Boston and New England Area work closely and collaboratively with BAC studio leaders to develop fundamental architectural design skills and are challenged to create design solutions to relevant issues in today's society. At the end of the program, students present their finished projects during an open house in the studio space of the College's 951 Boylston Street Building.
During the first two weeks, students explore the city and are introduced to freehand sketching, perspective drawing, model-making, mapping, and diagramming. For the final two weeks, students are split into four separate studios where they focus on projects such as building a smartphone speaker, developing a 21st century urban park, envisioning architecture as poetry, and designing a disaster relief response.