IHCD Helps Boston Architectural College Renovate and Improve Access to 951 Boylston Street

The Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) is pleased to announce the opening of 951 Boylston Street by the Boston Architectural College in December.  IHCD designed the renovation of this historic Richardsonian police station, later used as the first Institute for Contemporary Art in Boston.  

The renovation was done in three phases with the second and third floors renovated to provide eight studios on each floor completed in 2008.  In 2009 the project was suspended and restarted in 2012 in order to complete the first level, mezzanine and exterior renovations/restoration. The renovation integrates environmental sustainability and universal design with historic preservation.  Five artisans who are alumni of North Bennett Street School collaborated on the project along with Coco Raynes Associates, Cyr Sign, the Lighting Research Center at Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute, Acentech. Corporate partners included Toto, Hafele and Humanscale.

Read more about it on the BAC's website

aerial view of building
Photo by Bonica Ayala

side by side photos of entrance before and after renovations

close-up of building entrance
Photo by Bonica Ayala

entrance to the buildingPhoto by Bonica Ayala

sign reading "Boston Architectural College" on front of building
Photo by Bonica Ayala

Interior photo of 3rd floor studio
Photo by IHCD

studio space within the building
Photo by IHCD