In order to accommodate growth in the Boston Architectural College’s (BAC) undergraduate program, as well as the need for additional thesis studio space, the school acquired an office building adjacent to its existing facilities in Boston’s Back Bay. HMFH renovated 15,000 sf of the building into a showpiece thesis studio, critique and conference rooms, classrooms, and new administrative space for the BAC.
Skylights illuminate the studio with natural light and highlight the wood columns, exposed steel structure and large expanses of well-lit display space that characterize the project. These spaces deftly accommodate the intensive process from initial concept to final drawings. The studio includes generous, dedicated work space for each student, with room to lay out large drawings, store materials, and prepare presentations. In addition, the new space includes spray painting, model building shops, and adjacent to the studios, critique rooms that allow students to share their work with others.