Ivy Smith is a recent graduate from the Boston Architectural College where, as Salutatorian of her class, she received her Bachelors in Design Studies with a concentration in Sustainable Design. Before joining the program in 2007, Ivy studied theater in New York City. The decision to transfer to the BAC was motivated by a life-long passion for the environment, as well as a growing investment in practicing low-impact living on a personal level. The interdisciplinary nature of the BDS program, which has allowed her to pursue studies in green building, ecology, neighborhood planning, and more, has allowed her to build an understanding of the complex relationships between sustainability and the built and social environment, showing her that Sustainable Design is not just about designing better performing buildings, but thinking holistically about today's challenges and applying solutions that span a variety of fields.
Throughout the majority of her academic career at the BAC, Ivy simultaneously worked at the
Institute for Human Centered Design (Boston, MA), where participated in the research, writing, and publication of case studies on universal design, conducted facility reviews according to accessibility guidelines, collaborated on design projects, and supported public programming initiatives. She has also been involved in a variety projects within the BAC community, including co-founding a student organization and participating in a Gateway Project for the Dorchester Community Food Coop. The later experience allowed her to meet her current employer at Sustainability Guild International, where she will be engaged in a variety of projects centered in using sustainable design as a tool for creating prosperity in disadvantaged communities.