Karen Nelson, Head, School of Architecture
The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Karen Nelson has been named Head of the BAC's Architecture program. Educated at M.I.T. and Columbia, she has taught at RISD and at the BAC for over a decade where she has directed advanced studio education. A much revered teacher and mentor, she oversaw the College's Solar Decathlon studios, is managing the BAC's spring 2012 architecture re-accreditation process, and continues to recruit and manage adjunct architecture faculty. She has brought to the BAC many noted outside speakers including Snohetta, Steven Benisch, Hollwich Kushner, and Howeler Yoon to assist students in understanding the work of the most innovative designers working today. "We have enjoyed working across our disciplines in the past," she reports, "and the need for interdisciplinary research and practice is greater than ever before. Our graduates will create career paths unthought-of just a few years ago. As educators we will need to be increasingly creative in preparing students to enter fields that require open-mindedness and professional agility."
"As we diversify our programs to better anticipate the requirements of professional design practice, the need has grown for program leaders who collaborate across the disciplines of architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture." states President Ted Landsmark. "Karen Nelson's work as a visionary in this regard during her tenure at the BAC is exceptional." Julia Halevy, Provost, adds, "Karen is a natural leader with tremendous commitment and intimate knowledge of how BAC students navigate our concurrent curriculum. She brings fresh energy, and passionate and effective pro-activity in support of our partnerships within our professional community and in support of our fundraising efforts."