BAC Student Work Gallery

From the fall of 2006 to the spring of 2011, I taught courses in computer-aided design and illustration at the Boston Architectural College: SketchUp 1/3D Modeling & Illustration and Rhino 1/3D Design.

The students included undergraduates and Masters candidates in architecture, interior architecture, and sometimes other design fields, as well as practicing professionals in architecture and interiors who have sought to add to existing their skill sets.

From the BAC course catalog, Fall Semester 2010:

VS650/Lecture/C – DM3B SketchUp I/3D Modeling & Illustration | Credits 1.50
SketchUp is an easy-to-learn yet extraordinary tool for developing 3D models and illustrations; from the conceptual stages of simple designs to complex and sophisticated projects. The course will introduce the application and follow a project-based learning approach, focusing on 3D form creation, modification and communication.

VS635/Lecture/G – Rhino I/ 3D Design | Credits 1.50
Rhino is among the most influential software to emerge in the community of academic and professional architectural practice. Due to its efficiency and economy of performance, it is currently in use by numerous design firms small and large. With roots in marine engineering, the target output is digital model construction. The relative strength of Rhino lies in its close command-line relationship with the AutoCAD interface widely in use in the architectural and design industry. This allows the flattened world of two-dimensional construction drawings to be realized in three-dimensional form. Utilizing a minimal number of guide poly-lines, students will construct digital models that range from relatively simple to complex. The mathematical concepts of lofting, sweeping, cutting, splitting, and Boolean operations will be addressed as well as methods of curve construction such as slicing, sectioning, and continuous contours.

I made a great effort over the years to keep the courses from being the pedantic, soul-sucking exercises that so often characterize technical education in architecture. Students have been encouraged to choose their own unique responses to the assignments, with the only requirement being that they demonstrate their understanding of certain core illustration, modeling, or three-dimensional design process concepts within their work. For the four-week-long final projects in both courses, students have been permitted to choose any topic (real design projects, projects from design studios at the school, and even theoretical work), as long as the subject reflects an original design problem response on their part and is not simply an illustration or recreation of some existing work of architecture.

Of course, an excellent final project cannot always be distilled into a few renderings or diagrams, but here is a gallery (which I plan on expanding, should my schedule permit me to teach again) of some that can be so summarized:

Jorge Gomez Coastal Study Center 2007 SketchUp 1

Jorge Gomez, Coastal Study Center 2007 (SketchUp 1)

Stephen Goss, Litla Dimun Island Tower 2007 (SketchUp 1)

Sophia Kim, Somerville Master Plan 2007 (SketchUp 1)

Jonathan Williams Bussard Ramjet Space Vehicle 2007 SketchUp 1

Jonathan Williams, Bussard Ramjet Space Vehicle 2007 (SketchUp 1)

Cibele Famurtari Luxury Yacht Design 2008 SketchUp 1

Cibele Famurtari, Luxury Yacht Design 2008 (SketchUp 1)

Ryan Paulk, House Design 2008 (SketchUp 1)

Michael Pond, Single Family Residence 2008 (Rhino 1)

Renee Roediger, Child Care Center 2008 (SketchUp 1)

Wendall Chin, Picture Window House 2008 (SketchUp 1)

Jeremy Baldwin Chinatown Cultural Center 2009 SketchUp 1

Jeremy Baldwin, Chinatown Cultural Center 2009 (SketchUp 1)

Amy Bird Philae Art Museum 2009 SketchUp 1

Amy Bird, Philae Art Museum 2009 (SketchUp 1)

Edward Bordenave Bus Shelter 2009 Rhino 1

Edward Bordenave, Bus Shelter 2009 (Rhino 1)

Molly Brassard, Education Pavilion 2009 (SketchUp 1)

Scott Brown, Center for the Arts 2009 (Rhino 1)

Norman Couchesne, Skate Park 2009 (Rhino 1)

Justin Groot, Stratoscraper 2009 (Rhino 1)

Dorsey Harris Light Fixture Designs 2009 Rhino 1

Dorsey Harris, Light Fixture Designs 2009 (Rhino 1)

Carrie Muench Music Translations 2009 Rhino 1

Carrie Muench, Music Translations 2009 (Rhino 1)

Brian Thomson Water Treatment Facility 2009 Rhino 1

Brian Thomson, Water Treatment Facility 2009 (Rhino 1)

Andy Vieira Design Office Interior 2009 Rhino 1

Andy Vieira,  Design Office Interior 2009 (Rhino 1)

Wenjia Wu, Student Center, 2009 (Rhino 1)

Jonathan Barnardo, 2010 Rhino 1

Jonathan Barnardo, Educational Pavilion 2010 (Rhino 1)

John DiSalvo Single Family Residence 2010 Rhino 1

John DiSalvo, Single Family Residence 2010 (Rhino 1)

Daniel Gindic Office Interior 2010 Rhino 1

Daniel Gindic, Office Interior 2010 (Rhino 1)

Rucha Karnik, Kitchen Design 2010 (Rhino 1)

Sachiko Miyagi, Art Gallery 2010 (Rhino 1)

Jared Ramsdell Perforated Housing 2009 Rhino 1

Jared Ramsdell, Perforated Housing 2010 (Rhino 1)

Abigail Marquez 2011 Rhino 1

Abigail Marquez – Bike Shelter & Storage 2011 (Rhino 1)

Guadalupe Hernandez-Rodriquez 2011 Rhino 1

Guadalupe Hernandez-Rodriquez – Skyscraper 2011 (Rhino 1)

Guadalupe Hernandez-Rodriquez 2011 Rhino 1

Guadalupe Hernandez-Rodriquez – Skyscraper 2011 (Rhino 1)

Augustin Jesus 2011 Rhino 1

Augustin Jesus – Indoor Sports Club 2011 (Rhino 1)

Augustin Jesus 2011 Rhino 1

Augustin Jesus – Indoor Sports Club 2011 (Rhino 1)

James Lanziero 2011 Rhino 1

James Lanziero – Running Track & Observatory 2011 (Rhino 1)

James Lanziero 2011 Rhino 1

James Lanziero – Running Track & Observatory 2011 (Rhino 1)

Sandra Mauricio 2011 Rhino 1

Sandra Mauricio – Night Club 2011 (Rhino 1)

Sandra Mauricio 2011 Rhino 1

Sandra Mauricio – Night Club 2011 (Rhino 1)

Tyler Youngblood 2011 Rhino 1

Tyler Youngblood – Cocktail Lounge 2011 (Rhino 1)

Tyler Youngblood 2011 Rhino 1

Tyler Youngblood – Cocktail Lounge 2011 (Rhino 1)

To communicate with the creators of any of these works, please use the contact form for this website, and I will happily forward any messages or questions.

September 12th, 2010
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