Conversation at the loft

Conversation at the Loft aims to create a open forum for in-depth discussion on topics encompassing our spheres of learning, creating, and living. Each installment revolves around a changing topic with a guest moderator and an active participatory group (that's you!) that collectively question, examine, and imagine terrains of thought and thought-making. Join to lead, propose, or simply partake in a conversation session today! 


no.1 dialogue

feb 28, 2018

What is the role of dialogue in design-learning? How does discussion shape, propel, and advance design and design-making processes? 

With Yoonjee Koh, Faculty & Director of Intermediate Architecture Studios

no.2 responsible liberty

apr 4, 2018

Why is it important to take responsible liberty in making design decisions? How can we responsibly yet creatively engage in design-making?

With Joe Porter, Adjunct Faculty, Boston Architectural College

no.3 geNder & inclusion

apr 13, 2018

Why is it important to recognize diversity in design environments? What does it mean to, and how do we collectively engage in a culture of inclusion?

With Rahel Shawl, 2018 Cascieri Speaker & Women in Design Group

No.4 feedback

apr 25, 2018

Approaching finals week, what forms of feedback do we engage in? What does it mean to take a position? How do we engage in critical feedback?

With Yoonjee Koh & Diana Ramirez-Jasso, Provost and Academic Vice President

nO.7 Design narratives

sept 5, 2018

What is the significance of narratives in generating and framing design? How do we construct meaningful narratives in our own design?

With Anastasia Lyons, Adjunct Faculty in School of Architecture

nO.10 Cultivating creativity

nov 7, 2018

Why is it important to cultivate creativity in design? How can we truly engage in activities of creativity?

With Susan Dunton, Interim VP for Academic Affairs


mARCH 13, 2019

What is the significance of practice and professionalism in design learning today?

With Mark Rukamathu, Director of Special Projects



What is the significance of climate resilience today? How did students from Arch 3 Amsterdam Travel studio learn from the Dutch this September 2019?

With Arlen Stawasz, Tyler Hinckley, & Rob Adams


Jun 27, 2018

What is the value of discipline? How do we engage in production and reproduction of knowledge through different disciplines?

With Benjamin Peterson, Director of Practice and Student Support

nO.8 tucked away

oct 10, 2018

What is the significance of diverse communities in design today? How do we engage with all communities, including LGBTQ ?

With Studio Q and Scott Harrison, Adjunct Faculty in Liberal Studies

nO.11 b-orders

dec 4, 2018

What is the significance of social urbanism? How can we learn from cases that create, extend, or confine borders?

With Maria Bellalta, Dean of School of Landscape Architecture

nO.14 meaning of making

april 16, 2019

Why do we make things? What does it mean to make - within the field of Architecture? as a human gesture?

With the Zoo, BAC student organization






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nO.6 publication as practice

july 24, 2018

What is the significance of publications? How do we engage in practice through the medium of a publication?

With Florencia Rodriguez, Editorial Director of PLOT & NESS

nO.9 housing, justice, and the city

oct 23, 2018

What is the significance of economic and social equity? What can we learn from red-lining?

With Katie Swenson, VP of Design and Sustainability at Enterprise Community Partners & April de Simone, Co-Founder of Designing the We


february 28, 2019

What does it mean to engage in Architecture? Related to Art? What is the boundary between Art and Architecture?

With Zenovia Toloudi, Founder of Studio Z


October 9 , 2019

How do we work to learn, learn to work? What diverse areas do BAC students engage in practice?

Student Panel Discussion


TBD, 2019