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Committed to Education

If you are reading PDR|News, then you probably already know that our practice is committed to education, with a focus on design, programming, and planning for institutions of higher education. What you probably don't know, is that our employees are committed to education as well.

At Perry Dean, we are proud that many of our staff combine professional practice with an active engagement in teaching architecture.  At the Boston Architectural College, Todd Shafer is a lead faculty for a first-year foundation design studio.  The studio focuses on the relationship of the human scale to the built environment through projects such as the full-scale cardboard chair and an exploration of a chosen ritual.  Rebecca Whidden, Mark Breeze, and Anne Brockelman each teach the second-year studio, “Tectonics, Materiality and Scale,” which culminates with a Cultural Center project at the edge of Boston’s Chinatown.  In addition to her position as studio coordinator, Anne is a thesis advisor in the Master of Architecture program. Moreover, we have supported the BAC with internships continuously for over a decade.

Teaching enriches our practice because it allows us to engage educational environments as designers and as users of the spaces of teaching and learning.  In the past year we have collectively participated on design review panels at the BAC, Northeastern University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Rhode Island School of Design, Roger Williams University, and the University of Michigan.

Pictured below, in black and gray attire, like any good professor of architecture: Mark Breeze (left), Todd Shafer (middle image, at right), Anne Brockelman (right image, at left).