The Division of Student Development's goal is to achieve the mission of the Boston Architectural College by creating a healthy, supportive environment for student success, and engaging students in a vibrant, inclusive campus community. We respect and celebrate the individuality, creativity, and diversity of all BAC students, and strive to make all students feel welcomed, heard, supported, and celebrated.
Collaboration between the Dean of Students' Office, Academic Advising, the Office of Student Activities, the Learning Resource Center, as well as referrals to various on-campus and off-campus resources, assists students with balancing work, school, and life. Often serving as advocates, we strive to break down barriers for students to enable their success.
As a division, we work as a catalyst for students to individually and collectively foster essential life skills to compliment their academic and practice education. Our offices support, challenge, and empower all BAC students to become design professionals as well as leaders-who realize the responsibility of employing their skills to better both the BAC community and the world.
Meet the Student Development /Student Activities Staff:
Becky Anderson, Coordinator of Student Activities, firstname.lastname@example.org. Becky holds a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast and print media from Rivier College, and a master of education in administration of higher education from Suffolk University. Prior to joining the BAC, she worked in Student Activities, Orientation, and Academic Support at various schools in the New England area.
Richard Griswold, Associate Provost and Dean of Students, email@example.com. Richard holds a master of architecture degree from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of arts from Bennington College, and is an Alpha Rho Chi medal recipient. Formerly the Director of Foundation Studies, Rich was responsible for supervising beginning design courses - A-1, A-2, and Masters A - in the concurrent program. He has taught foundation studios, visual studies courses, historic preservation, and history/theory workshops, and has also been a thesis advisor and Lead Lecturer for the BAC's Summer Academy high school program. His lecture course, Design Principles, is a threshold into design thinking for all BAC undergraduates. For the past 8 years, Rich has directed the BAC's summer travel program to Paris and Florence with Jovi Cruces, Senior Associate at Dimella Shaffer Associates. He has worked as a design consultant for Elliott Associates Architects in Belmont, Mass. since 1997. He was a 2008 MacDowell Colony Fellow and was also awarded the Ed Toomey Award for Student Advocacy for his progressive vision for the school and his commitment to both teaching and student development.
Kara Peet, Director of Student Development, firstname.lastname@example.org. Kara received a bachelor of landscape architecture at SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry at Syracuse and a Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Design from the BAC. She is a LeadBoston 2010 graduate through the Boston Center for Community and Justice. Kara is interested in finding ways to engage students (elementary through college level) in using design to strengthen communities and address issues of social justice. She has taught various BAC courses including BAC Summer Academy, Introduction to Design Communication, Foundation A-1 Studio, and Undergraduate Design Principles (a course in which she currently advises discussion leaders). She also serves as a design critic for various design studios.