The Boston Architectural College created an endowed scholarship fund in memory of Trustee Howard Elkus, co-founder of Elkus Manfredi Architects.
Practice Magazine » Winter 2017
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Dear Friends: Speaking with members of our community, I’m struck by their determination to put their energy and talents toward a higher good. Should I be surprised by this? After all, when we set diversity as central to our mission, we had more in mind than simply broadening access to the design professions. We were implicitly stating the need for designers whose background and experiences would make them uniquely qualified to use design as a tool for tackling issues of social justice, bettering human health, and creating a more sustainable environment. When I hear students, faculty, and alumni tell me—again and again—that this is what they’re doing every day, then I know it’s more than an aspiration for us—it’s now firmly part of the BAC’s DNA. In these troubling times, when class, race, and religion seem to divide us at every turn, I’m heartened to see designers educated at the BAC working to bring disparate communities together to find positive solutions everyone can get behind. This issue of Practice magazine features stories of BAC people who are living proof that design can make a real difference in people’s lives: •
Alumni Michael Chavez and Alex Ho, whose work at YouthBuild Boston is giving inner city youth a shot at careers in the design and construction fields.
Students Giovanna Araujo, Daniela Coray, Anna Mezheritskaya, and David Morgan, who are working with MASS Design Group to find design answers to homeless healthcare issues.
Faculty member Arthur Krim, whose advocacy for historic preservation is helping to save the character of Kenmore Square and its iconic CITGO sign.
Alumnus Stephen Messinger who is leading a team that’s transforming a neglected historic property in Mattapan into a center for urban farming.
Our alumni and students like Adrienne Brumfield, Chloe Garcia, Caroline Repard, and Janet Roche, who are pioneers in the growing field of design for human health.
I’m proud of them, and proud of all of you whose lives stand out by design. Enjoy these stories, and please share yours with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Glen S. LeRoy FAIA FAIC President
TABLE OF CONTENTS 02 Around 320 Newbury 04
Research and the Future of Design MASS Design and BAC partnership.
Back to the Future in Mattapan. The revitalization of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm.
CITGO Stay. Preserving Boston’s iconic CITGO sign.
14 YouthBuild Mentoring local Boston Students in the Construction Arts. 16
IPAL: The Fast Track. BAC certified for integrated path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL).
Graduation 2017 Bob Vila of This Old House addresses BAC’s newest alumni.
BAC Strategic Plan Charting a path to a stronger, more vital BAC.
BAC Spring Gala 2017
2017 Contributors Report
Howard F. Elkus Scholarship BAC creates scholarship fund in memory of Howard Elkus.
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AROUND 320 NEWBURY BAC’S BEST AND BRIGHTEST SHINE. Congratulations to alumus Ricky Gardner B.Arch ’17, and Bachelor of Architecture student Sasha Francoeur on their honorable mention in arch out loud’s one week flash competition, which focuses on relevant issues, solutions, and ideas of today. Their submission explored how our reliance on technology and devices such as smart phones are impacting our lives, future, and perception of the reality in which we live. BAC alumna and 2016 Olmsted Scholar Finalist Olivia Fragale, MLA ’16, was featured in a video from the Landscape Architecture Foundation discussing her research on biodiversity and working with an initiative to implement biomimicry solutions for the Langrug informal settlement in South Africa. Bachelor of Architecture student Shivani Shah was awarded a travel scholarship through Designers Lighting Forum of New England to attend LIGHTFAIR International in Philadelphia in May. Shivani’s 20-slide presentation demonstrated how a particular light fits a particular activity, and how lighting is integral to the future of design. CAROLE C. WEDGE SELECTED. BAC alumna Carole C. Wedge B.Arch ’90, ’08 (hon) Trustee, FAIA, LEED AP, president of Shepley Bulfinch, was selected to chair the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Large Firm Round Table (LFRT). Carole’s term as chair commenced in October at the AIA LFRT Fall 2016 meeting in Cuba. The LFRT’s mission is to further the special and unique interests of large firms, both national and international, by working together as an independent body as well as with and through the AIA. 2 PRACTICE | WINTER 2017
n the wake of travel ban laws introduced by the new presidential administration, the Boston Architectural College (BAC) is showing its support for its internationally diverse student body as part of the #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign. Started by Jessica Sandberg, director of international admissions at Temple University, the twitter campaign encourages United States colleges and universities to show their support for international students via photos, videos, and events. The campaign’s goal is to show international students that they are welcome and supported at friendly, diverse, and safe colleges throughout the country. When the first travel ban was announced in January, the BAC, where roughly one fifth of the students are international, brought students and staff together to create posters full of welcoming and supportive messages. The posters were displayed in the front windows of the college. When the #YouAreWelcomeHere campaign started, the BAC was eager to take part in it, sharing photos of the posters to social media, and filming a video featuring faculty, staff, and students to showcase the BAC’s diversity and support for international students. To students around the world, the BAC wants you to know that #YouAreWelcomeHere.
Student Noah Geupel (middle) with instructors.
VISIONS OF LYNN. Bachelor of Architecture students Noah Geupel, Karen Sutin, Estalin Cambisaca, Kimberly Cullen, Ashlee Madrigal, Hosam Mahjob, Cyrille Futcha, Heather Cunningham, Peter Fletcher, and Autumn Waldron worked with Perkins + Will on a special exhibit, Visions of Lynn, which reenvisioned the potential of Lynn’s waterfront with rising sea levels in mind. The exhibit was on display at the Lynn Museum April–May, 2017.
FACULTY APPOINTMENTS + ACHIEVEMENTS. BAC faculty member Vaughn Horn, NCARB, LEED AP, was recently recognized by The American Institute of Architecture Students in their 60th: Legacy series, an ongoing weekly celebration of and thanks to their alumni. Vaughn Horn is currently the BAC’s director of special projects.
BAC WELCOMES THOM MAYNE. Thom Mayne, a Pritzker Prize-winning architect and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Gold Medalist was the inaugural speaker for the College’s Maurice F. Childs Memorial Lecture Series, established in honor of one of the founding principals of Boston-based firm CBT Architects.
María Bellalta, dean of the School of Landscape Architecture, and Daniela Coray, a BAC graduate student in Landscape Architecture, presented at American Society of Landscape Architecture in October. Their presentation “Social Urbanism or City Branding: The Medellín Model” focused on how Medellín, Colombia, overcame complex social issues through the implementation of socio-political and economic strategies along with urban redevelopment that eventually earned the city the reputation of the “World’s Most Innovative City.” Dr. Diana Ramirez-Jasso was appointed provost and academic vice president of the BAC after serving as interim provost since Fall 2015. Ramirez-Jasso holds a PhD in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and a Master of Arts from Harvard University, in addition to a Master of Science in Architecture Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a professional degree in architecture, with honors, from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente in Mexico. Ramirez-Jasso joined the BAC in 2010. Bethany Lundell Garver, AIA, NCARB, education director at the BAC, was elected Northeast regional director of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. Garver will serve a three-year term beginning on July 1, 2017. Dak Kopec, PhD, director of Design for Human Health, was awarded the Community Service Award at the 2017 Annual Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC) Conference in Chicago. The IDEC Community Service Award honors an individual or group’s significant contribution of community service associated with interior design on a local, regional, or national level. Dak was nominated by Dean Crandon Gustafson for his Bay Cove Human Services project. WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 3
MASS Design Group has inspired such worldwide projects as the UK Holocaust Memorial.
Research and the Future of Design.
hether enshrined on a lobby plaque or a corporate website, every organization has one—a Mission Statement. Full of lofty aims and powerful language, their goals often fail to inspire, and can even become the butt of jokes: witness the parody of tech start-ups pitching their “world changing” company missions on HBO’s comedy hit, Silicon Valley. There are some organizations, though, who take their mission seriously. It’s imbued in everything they do. These organizations set out to effect change, and quietly make things happen.
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Mass Design Group, known as MASS, is such an organization. Their mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. MASS walks the walk. Their work for clients around the world is characterized by thoughtful, innovative designs that improve the conditions of facility users, from reducing Tuberculosis infection within a Haitian hospital, to engaging students and their parents in wildlife conservation at an African school. It’s no wonder, then, that the firm was attracted to the BAC, an institution known for its commitment to diversity and the benefits of an empathetic approach to design and problem-solving.
The Maternity Waiting Village in Kasungu
Chris Scovel, MASS Design Director
Ben Peterson, BAC director of practice instruction
“Both the BAC and MASS see design as a tool for social justice advocacy, culture making, and inclusivity.”
Architecture is never neutral. It either heals or hurts. Our mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. After exploratory meetings, MASS and the BAC agreed to a partnership that would help both organizations further their missions. “Both the BAC and MASS see design as a tool for social justice advocacy, culture making, and inclusivity,” says Ben Peterson, the BAC’s director of Practice instruction. “We’re enrolling more and more students who look at design this way,” he adds, “it’s a more informed generation—one that’s having immediate conversations about these kinds of issues.” Through its Huxtable Fellowship in Civic Engagement and Service Learning, which Peterson heads, the BAC agreed to provide a diverse group of motivated, talented students to work as interns at MASS, while MASS committed to engaging those students fully as part of the firm’s professional research, design, and advocacy teams. By working at MASS, BAC students would gain practical experience in an architectural firm and be exposed to new, inclusive ways of approaching design; MASS would have help
from BAC students in tackling new projects and benefit from the students’ fresh perspectives and ideas. Last fall, four students were selected for Huxtable Fellowships: Giovanna Araujo, bachelor of architecture; Daniela Coray, master of landscape architecture; Anna Mezheritskaya, bachelor of architecture; and David Morgan, bachelor of architecture. Over the past six months they worked 20 hours a week at a variety of projects at MASS. Giovanna has been developing a master plan for a college student service center in Haiti; Daniela, who has a background in horticulture, has been doing planting designs for landscape projects around the world; Anna has been conducting research on the state of affordable housing for a course MASS will offer designers later this year; David has been creating models for the Memorial to Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama. Involvement with MASS projects has been an eye-opener WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 5
Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Office.
“Virtually every project we undertake includes research to gauge the impact of our projects on users.” — BEN PETERSON BAC, director of practice instruction
for the Huxtable Fellows. “There’s real collaboration here among team members,” says Araujo. “Everyone contributes. It’s been amazing to see young professionals express their ideas and be taken seriously by senior staff.” Morgan concurs, “It was great to be part of the team conversations from the start. They encouraged me to jump in and learn while working.” Gaining valuable experience in the day-to-day operations of an architectural firm is only part of what the BAC’s Huxtable Fellows get from their time with MASS. Believing research to be critical to effective design, the firm felt strongly that it should be an important part of the students’ experience with them. “Because there’s very little evidencebased design in the architectural world, we’ve made it part of our mission,” says Chris Scovel, RA, the Director at MASS who oversees the BAC partnership. “Virtually every project we undertake includes research—not only on the front end, to inform design, but post construction, to gauge the impact of our projects on users.” MASS began a project recently with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (BHH) to address issues related to their facility in the city’s South End. Scovel and Peterson felt
this would be an ideal opportunity to involve the Huxtable Fellows in meaningful research. Once immersed in the project, the team realized the issue was larger than merely dealing with homeless people waiting on the street to use the BHH center. The friction they observed between the BHH clients and the local community extended far beyond the immediate vicinity of the facility, encompassing what local residents call “Methadone Mile”—a kind of no-man’s land that straddles the Mass Ave Connector and Melnea Cass Boulevard for blocks in either direction. This friction zone separates the affluent South End from the commercial/warehouse district along Southampton Street, and Lower Roxbury, a traditionally AfricanAmerican neighborhood that is experiencing much new development. The Huxtable Fellows decided to conduct research on the issues of homelessness and addiction in four other large U.S. cities—Chicago, New York, Seattle, and Washington, DC— to see if they have the same geographic patterns, and if experiencing friction, how they’re dealing with it. The team was not surprised to find very
similar patterns in each city, where gentrification has spread into areas once populated only by marginalized communities and the agencies that serve them. “You have two very different groups coming together in these urban edges,” says Mezheritskaya, “residents and transients.” “In each of the cities we studied,” adds teammate Coray, “we found residents wanting to isolate themselves from the problems. They didn’t want their neighborhood to be a city center for homeless and addiction services.” The team is incorporating their findings from other cities into the next phase of the project: studying these issues in Boston, locating where services are offered around the city, understanding community attitudes and identifying the institutions that are active in those communities. This phase of research includes data collection, interviews, and on-site observation. To help make sense of this, they create maps of each data set and then overlay those maps to identify patterns and connections that can help them come up with design solutions. “Maps are a key part of this process,” says Peterson, the team’s advisor. “As designers we think visually.
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BAC HUXTABLE FELLOWS
GIOVANNA ARAUJO Growing up in a working class neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil, Giovanna saw firsthand a system that does little to help poor people. As an architect, she wants her work to help bring about change. She was attracted to MASS when she saw their mission and the way they approach projects. “Working here, I’ve found very passionate people who are always pushing to find new, better solutions—solutions that make a difference in people’s lives. Architecture needs to do more work like this. And we need to hear more about successes.”
DANIELA CORAY Daniela is very passionate about art and horticulture and is hoping to develop a career where she can apply these to improve the lives of people in marginalized communities. Working closely with MASS has shown her how she can make her career dream a reality. Research is a big part of that—Daniela now sees it as critical to effective social change through design. “More students should have a chance to do what we’re doing here with MASS. I’d love to see this kind of research become an on-going project for the BAC.”
ANNA MEZHERITSKAYA Anna has always been curious about non-traditional design practices, and was instantly drawn to MASS and its mission to use architecture to promote healing and health. She’s found the experience there to be both exciting and stressful. “You’re always fully engaged and you’re never in an easy, comfortable place.” Anna enjoys research more than she expected, and sees how it greatly contributes to design on many levels. “One-on-one research—really listening to users—informs design and engages them in the change process.”
DAVID MORGAN David’s experience with MASS has reinforced his belief that architecture can be a tool for social action. “Seeing the MASS teams take this seriously— really trying to use the design process to engage communities—has been inspiring,” he says. “I know a lot of BAC students who are like-minded, so I’m looking for ways to expose them to what we’re doing on this project for BHH. I think it could help them think about careers that are about more than designing buildings that win awards.”
Design is much more than form. Through conversation with users it becomes a message that calls attention to social issues—a message that transcends edifice.” — GIOVANNA ARAUJO BAC architecture student
Being able to visualize data is critical to developing insight into the problem and explaining our findings to users.” The team’s first mapping efforts have already proven their worth. “Looking at all of the sites in the metropolitan area where these services are offered showed us that the problems perceived by South End residents aren’t unique to them,” says Morgan. “We’re hoping this data will help us in conversations with residents.” He adds, “If they see this as an area-wide issue, and not one that they’re carrying alone, we think they may be more receptive to working with us to solve the problem.” “Melnea Cass Boulevard, like 16th street in DC, has been a divider between communities,” says Coray. “We want to find ways to make it a community connector.” To bring that about, the team has concluded there must be more collaboration between communities and among the agencies that serve them. This will only happen when perceptions change. “The media have given people a distorted view of the issues around homelessness—it’s really about housing affordability rather than poor personal choices,” explains teammate Mezheritskaya. “When you portray the issue as one of affordability, there’s more understanding, more empathy.”
Scovel and Peterson are pleased with the progress the BAC students have made on their research, and how it’s helped them grasp the power of design to foster communication among disparate communities, and through better understanding, embrace innovative solutions. “Design is much more than form,” states Araujo, with real conviction. “Through conversation with users it becomes a message that calls attention to social issues—a message that transcends edifice.” This partnership between the BAC and MASS, conceived less than a year ago, is clearly off to a very good start. To follow the Huxtable Fellows’ progress on this project, go to the-bac.edu/masspartnership. WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 7
Back to the future in Mattapan.
The revitalization of the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm rallies a community.
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magine a Boston where people grow fruit and vegetables in their backyards, fresh produce is available from local farms, and children are raised with an intimate connection to the food they eat. Sound idyllic? Two hundred years ago, that was life in the rural villages that would become some of the city’s densest urban neighborhoods. Stephen Messinger, M.Arch ’11, practicing Architect and BAC alumnus, would like to see that vision realized again. Stephen believes so strongly in this, he is donating his time to help turn an historic property in Mattapan into an urban farm that will serve the local community and support urban farming initiatives throughout the area. “This is a very exciting project for us.” says Messinger. “We have the opportunity to do so much here—restore these historic buildings, grow and distribute fresh produce, teach people how to turn empty lots into micro farms, and bring the community together around something positive. When we’re done, this will be a beacon for urban farming and a catalyst for engagement throughout Boston.” Messinger is the project architect for a joint initiative of Historic Boston Incorporated, Trust for Public Land, and The Urban Farming Institute at the Fowler Clark Epstein farm in Mattapan. When the project is complete, the historic house and barn will be converted into educational space, offices for the Institute, and housing for the farm manager. The grounds, roughly three quarters of an acre, will include working farm beds and space for produce sales by Boston-area community supported agriculture.
“When we’re done, this will be a beacon for urban farming and a catalyst for engagement throughout Boston.” —STEPHEN MESSINGER M.Arch ’11, Project Architect, Perkins + Will
Stephen Messigner, M.Arch ’11.
Through his experiences as a student at the BAC and his work at global architectural firm Perkins + Will, Messinger knows what is needed to design and execute a complex project. “It takes a team of specialists to make something like this succeed,” says Messinger. “As the project architect my role is to help lead the project by facilitating team members who each use their skills and experience to influence the design.” Since Messinger joined the team, he has been fortunate to work with other members of the BAC community, including BAC students Chris Perlik and Carolina Otero, and BAC faculty member Vern Woodworth. Messinger’s first significant experience leading a multidisciplinary project team came while he was still a student at the BAC. He helped bring together fellow BAC and Tufts University students to design a solar house, build it on the Tufts campus, break it down, and rebuild it on the National Mall in Washington, DC. “That project taught me a lot about design collaboration and what it takes to lead a team of talented individuals,” he says. Managing design on the Fowler Clark Epstein project is almost a second job for Messinger, but one he has gladly taken on—urban agriculture is a personal passion, and giving back to the community is
Site plans for the Fowler Clark Epstein Farm complex.
part of his ethos and an important reason he joined Perkins + Will. “I wanted to work for a firm that believed in supporting good causes.” He says, “Perkins + Will is committed to donating professional time each year to help local nonprofits. They’ve been very supportive of this project.” A number of other Perkins + Will staffers and consultants are donating their time as well. The team’s contribution is much appreciated by all involved in the project. “It’s wildly complicated for such small buildings,” says Barbara Knecht of The Urban Farming Institute, “structural issues, preservation requirements, accessibility—Stephen has tackled all of these with enthusiasm and endless patience!” Knecht has had mixed experiences working with pro bono services in the past. “We’re very appreciative of the extent of Perkins + Will’s efforts,” adds Knecht, “Stephen and his associates have worked extremely hard to make this project a success.” Working on the Fowler Clark Epstein farm has given Messinger a chance to meet many who live nearby. “Whenever I’m on site,” says Messinger, “someone from the neighborhood always seems to stop by, asking what we’re doing and recounting stories about the property and its rich history.” Messinger has learned a lot about the community and how the project can benefit them through these informal talks. The late Jorge Epstein, the last owner of the farm, ran an architectural salvage company on nearby Blue Hill Avenue. His assistant, Walter Santory, has spent time on the site with Messinger. “It was great to walk the grounds with Walter,” recounts Messinger, WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 9
The project is a joint initiative of Historic Boston Incorporated, Trust for Public Land, and The Urban Farming Institute at the Fowler Clark Epstein farm in Mattapan. Cooking Demonstration Facilities.
Think Urban Farming is an Oxymoron? Think Again. When most of us think “farm” we conjure up a bucolic dairy in Vermont, or a sprawling Iowa agri-business planted in miles of corn and soybeans. If these are your visions of farming, you’d be surprised to hear how vibrant urban farming is, and the many ways it is taking off in Boston. Here is a small sampling of the many innovative urban farming operations in and around the city of Boston:
“he was able to tell us so many stories about Epstein and the interesting historical items he scavenged from demolished buildings around the city.” Many of these are still embedded in the property’s walls and pavement, including stone slabs salvaged from the original South Station. Structural restoration is already underway; both the barn and house should be finished this fall. Working on an historic property has been the team’s biggest challenge. “There are so many issues related to historic preservation we need to take into account,” says Messinger, “compliance for grants, tax credits— it’s taken much more time than I expected.” After work on the historic structures is completed, a greenhouse will be built, and with construction equipment removed, work on the grounds can begin. The Urban Farming Institute hopes to plant its first crops in the spring of 2018. Messinger says he can hardly wait. “I’m looking forward to bringing my daughter here so she can help plant and harvest the crops.” To learn more this project and how you can help, visit urbanfarminginstitute.org.
Best Bees provides products and services to Boston beekeepers.
Freight Farms creates micro growing environments out of used shipping containers.
Bloombrick Urban Agriculture raises a variety of micro greens at its facility in Cambridge.
Green City Growers reclaims empty lots for farming. Its six Boston locations provide its sister organization, City Fresh Foods, with much of the produce it needs to create healthy meals for local schools, childcare & eldercare centers.
City Soil recycles local organic waste, creating compost for city farms. City Sprouts trains schools in the operation of school gardens. City Sprouts works with 20+ schools in Boston and Cambridge. Community Gardens are located throughout the metropolitan area, with 55 separate locations covering 15 acres in Boston alone. Fenway Farms operated by Green City Growers, raises fresh produce for Red Sox Nation on the roof of Fenway Park. The Food Project raises over 250,000 pounds of fresh food each year from its local farm sites, including its Dudley Greenhouse in Roxbury.
Higher Ground Farm raises greens, tomatoes, and herbs on 55,000 square feet of space atop the Design Center in South Boston. ReVision Urban Farm grows food in Dorchester for homeless city families. The Urban Farming Institute is the area’s leading advocate for urban agriculture. Their mission is to promote urban farming as a commercial sector that creates green collar jobs and engages urban communities in building a healthy, locally-based food supply. Yardbirds Backyard Chickens sells poultry, equipment, and supplies to those who want to raise their own chicken and eggs.
Fowler Clark Epstein Farm House (1786-1806); Barn (c. 1860) Total Development Costs $3.2 million Project Size • Farmhouse: 2,900 square feet • Barn/Stable: 3,000 square feet • Site area: 30,000 square feet Proposed Uses • Working urban farm with greenhouse and farmstand • Training center and experimental site for the Urban Farming Institute • Farm Manager residence
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Preserving Boston’s Iconic CITGO Sign. While it received a stay of execution that may assure its survival for a decade or more, Boston’s iconic CITGO Sign will not be safe until it receives permanent landmark status. The growing pressure of real estate development in the Kenmore Square area and the vagaries of foreign ownership of the sign will continue to threaten its existence until the city’s landmark commission takes action to permanently preserve it. Erected in 1965 by the City Services Oil Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma (now CITGO, a Venezuelan state-owned company), the large “trimark” design embodies the bold red, white, and blue chromatics of the Sixties Pop Art movement in a kinetic cycle that resonates as a human heartbeat above Kenmore Square. It has become a landmark for Red Sox home runs at Fenway Park, Boston Marathon runners on their final push to the finish line, and confused drivers navigating the tangle of Boston’s streets. The real estate boom that has spread to nearly every corner of Boston poses a new threat to the CITGO Sign. Large new buildings on Boylston Street and Brookline Avenue have transformed the nearby Fenway area from an underdeveloped backwater into one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods. The most notable of these new buildings is “The Pierce,” a thirty-story flatiron tower at the intersection of these two arteries. Its sheer height suggests what may be coming to Kenmore Square when the new owners replace the Boston University bookstore building with something much bigger. WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 11
While Boston residents under 50 can’t imagine the city without its beloved sign, it’s faced a surprising number of trials in its short life. 1965 Erected and lit for the first time.
1979 The Energy Crisis forced a blackout of all nighttime advertising signs in Boston, leaving the sign dark for almost four years.
1982 A public hearing conducted by the Boston Landmarks Commission denied the CITGO Sign landmark status based largely on its age—it was less than fifty years old.
1983 Sensing widespread public support, the sign’s owners decided to restore the original neon tubing and the sign was relighted with great ceremony in August 1983. Since that time, the neon tubing and rotary cylinder have suffered numerous blackouts during the harsh New England winters.
2006 President Hugo Chavez of Venezuela nationalized CITGO. In response to his insults to President Bush, in 2006 Boston City Councilor Jerry McDermott suggested either removing the sign, or draping an American flag over it until Chavez apologized, or left office.
2008 While the original neon tubes and the rotating cylinder were replaced in 2005 with LED lighting and a computer activated cycle, in 2008, a small electrical fire inside the sign partially melted the plastic, leaving visible smoke damage. In the years that followed, the LED lighting has been upgraded and the sign better prepared for winter operation.
2016 During the summer of 2016, Boston University announced that it would sell the BU Bookstore Building, on which the sign sits, for high-rise development in Kenmore Square, raising questions about the fate of the sign— would the new landlords keep it? Would it be moved to another, less visible site?
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Intense market pressure on the Square has spawned a local preservation movement to maintain the Kenmore streetscape in its original form, with most of its four to six story buildings intact. In August 2016 a petition to preserve the BU bookstore building and the rooftop CITGO Sign was held before the Boston Landmarks Commission (BLC). In the hearing, the CITGO Corporation sent representatives from Houston to support the measure, along with local Boston preservationists, including Victor Themo who mounted the original landmark status petition in 1982. Themo helped establish the Bay State Road Historic District behind Kenmore Square, which has successfully preserved its fine collection of late 19th and early 20th century townhouses. As a result of the 2016 BLC hearing, the Landmarks Commission voted to consider a preliminary study of CITGO Sign for Boston Historic Landmark designation, with the sign now fifty-one years old and eligible for National Register recommendation.
“It’s become a landmark for Red Sox home runs at Fenway Park, Boston Marathon runners on their final push to the finish line, and confused drivers navigating the tangle of Boston’s streets.” —ARTHUR KRIM BAC Faculty, Historic Preservation
While worthy of historic landmark status in its own right, preservation of the sign must be made with consideration for the visual sightlines that converge on and help define the urban space that is Kenmore Square. From Beacon Street and Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay and Brookline, from Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street in the Fenway, to distant views from the Tobin Bridge and Storrow Drive, the CITGO Sign is a crucial landmark of Boston’s topography. The present sight lines into Kenmore Square give the CITGO Sign its remarkable clarity of identification. If the sign is given BLC Landmark status, preserving the CITGO Sign atop a highrise office tower that replaces the 1912 BU Bookstore, will be an immediate challenge. Certainly, the technology exists to restructure the sign atop a high-rise tower, but the historical sight lines would be greatly altered. On the other hand, if the CITGO Sign were to be relocated elsewhere in Kenmore Square or the Fenway, its function as a visual landmark for the Red Sox and the Boston Marathon would be lost.
The question of maintaining the sight lines of the present CITGO Sign are also clouded by the economic crisis in Venezuela. While CITGO Houston supports preservation of the sign, political realities in Caracas, Venezuela, might compromise the government’s support for the maintenance costs of the sign. Thanks to pressure from preservationists, the media, and the public, a deal was announced recently that would “save” the sign. But it is clear that much work must still be done if Kenmore Square and its famous sign—an essential Boston landmark and a monument of American Pop Art from the 1960s—are to be preserved in their current state for future Bostonians. Arthur Krim BAC faculty, Historic Preservation WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 13
Interested in New Ideas that Work? Look to Boston’s Neighborhoods.
Youth Build W “Both the BAC and YouthBuild believe strongly in the need to combine academic and practical learning.” —ALEX HO BAC Summer Program Alumnus
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ith all the construction projects proposed, or underway, in Boston’s commercial centers, it is easy to overlook the changes that are occurring in the rest of the city. From Ashmont to Allston, Readville to Roxbury, Boston’s diverse neighborhoods are experiencing their own renaissance. Unlike the action downtown, most neighborhood rejuvenation is not managed by big-name property developers or financed by global investors. Local groups that believe vibrant communities are built from the bottom up lead it. Whether it is coming up with new ways to create affordable housing, repurpose empty lots for urban agriculture, or help inner city kids get job training, Boston’s neighborhoods are a laboratory of grassroots innovation. Some of these programs are in the early pilot phase of development, others have proven so effective, they have spread to cities around the country.
One of these quiet successes is YouthBuild Boston. Since 1990, this organization has helped under-served young people gain the experience they need to enter the building trades. Over the course of their training, YouthBuild students are exposed to a variety of skills, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, and building maintenance. Those without high school degrees take a course of study to help them pass the HiSET exam, a Massachusetts high school equivalency test. If their training programs were not reason enough to consider YouthBuild, the construction work they do does double duty—they offer invaluable experience to students, and when completed, create affordable housing units for the communities in which many students live.
Recognizing the close affinity between design and construction, YouthBuild Boston recently expanded its services to include the Designery, an in-house department that provides design work for YouthBuild housing projects and local non-profit clients. The Designery also runs after-school programs three times a year where high school students develop graphic, modeling, and design-thinking skills through real design projects for nonprofit clients around the city. While studying for a Masters in Architecture at the BAC, Michael Chavez, M.Arch ‘14, wanted to get involved in the kind of community engagement programs he was part of in Albuquerque, NM, where he grew up. Through the BAC’s Practice Lab, he learned about internship openings
“What stuck out to me about YouthBuild was how they put into practice the idea that design can be a force for social change.” —MICHAEL CHAVEZ BAC Master of Architecture Student
at YouthBuild, and was immediately drawn to their mission. “What struck me about YouthBuild was how they put into practice the idea that design can be a force for social change,” he says. “Working here as a student was a perfect opportunity for me to gain practical design experience and do something that would have real impact on kids and the community.” YouthBuild saw his passion and talents, and gave him a chance to help them formalize their new designtraining program and develop its first curriculum. After getting his master’s, Chavez was awarded a prestigious Rose Architectural Fellowship. After completing his fellowship, he returned to YouthBuild as project development manager, where his responsibilities now include business development, project planning, and execution. While Chavez worked on his Rose Fellowship, fellow alumnus Alex Ho, M.Arch ’15, who had worked at the BAC on its Summer Academy program, was hired to run the Designery. “It was an easy decision for me,” says Ho, “as both the BAC and YouthBuild believe strongly in the need to combine academic and practical learning.” Chavez and Ho are working together to elevate the Designery’s youth program and expand its design/build capabilities. Ho is eager to increase the Designery’s internal role, and has reached out to the construction teams, meeting with them each week to help better
integrate design solutions into their work. “All the presentations I made as a BAC student really paid off,” says Ho. “The kind of closely knit design and construction work we do here requires good communication skills.” Chavez and Ho have found the BAC to be a great source of interns. “We recruit from most of the design schools in the area,” says Chavez, “but we find the BAC students often bring more than a willingness to work hard—they connect personally with the YouthBuild model and have a strong interest in social action.” Wes Young and Nathan Polk are two such BAC interns engaged by YouthBuild this semester. “I really like working with other African-American students,” says Young. “Boston is still a pretty segregated city. We need to introduce more kids from the neighborhoods to professional opportunities—help them see how they can change their lives if they apply themselves to something they like.” Polk, who started last year in the Designery and now helps supervise construction teams in YouthBuild’s Building Trades Exploration program, could not agree more. “I grew up in Roxbury, where we’re working on a construction project right now,” he says. “I had a lot of friends there who could have used a program like this.” Polk really likes working with students, and gets satisfaction seeing how they respond to the positive reinforcement he gives them for good
work. “Lots of these students come from difficult backgrounds,” he says, “where no one has looked out for them or encouraged them. Showing I believe in them really helps build them up.” Young has had similar experiences with YouthBuild students. “I’ve been amazed at how quickly they pick up skills!” he exclaims. “We recruit great kids, but I think the mentoring culture really helps accelerate the pace of learning.” Young believes the culture has helped him, too. “Because the people I work for helped build my confidence as a designer,” he adds, “I want to do the same for the students I work with.” Their time at YouthBuild has had a profound affect on both men. Polk now wants to start his own design and construction firm, and offer training opportunities, like YouthBuild, to inner city kids. Young is reconsidering his career options, and thinks he would like to combine his undergraduate experience in media with architecture to help spread the word about design programs that effect social change. “There are so many organizations in Boston’s neighborhoods that are transforming lives,” he says, “People need to hear about them.” To learn more about the work of YouthBuild Boston, visit youthbuildboston.org.
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THE BAC IS THE ONLY SCHOOL IN NEW ENGLAND OFFERING IPAL FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
NEEDED ASAP: TALENTED NEW ARCHITECTS.
rive around greater Boston—the Seaport, North Station, Kendall Square, the Fens—and you will see construction cranes everywhere you look. The same is true in virtually every big city in America. With all the high visibility construction around, you would think the architectural field would be attracting students in droves. One reason that this is not the case has to do with the long and arduous process required to become a fully licensed architect. The National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) has been considering a solution to this problem for several years, and developed a new, faster approach: Integrated Path to Architectural Licensure (IPAL). Not surprisingly, The Boston Architectural College was one of the first schools qualified to participate in the initial roll-out of IPAL, and the only school in New England to offer both bachelor and master degrees. “We’re very pleased NCARB has taken this step,” said Len Charney, BAC dean of practice. “What they’re authorizing under IPAL is perfectly aligned with the concurrent model we’ve been practicing here at the BAC for decades. We have always felt strongly that the best way to prepare emerging architects is to simultaneously learn in the classroom and in a professional work setting.” IPAL streamlines the licensure process for eligible BAC graduate candidates. Students’ professional work, an integral component of their BAC curriculum, will satisfy NCARB’s Architectural Experience Program (AXP) requirement. Motivated students can complete the requisite 3,740 professional hours and pass each division of NCARB’s Architect Registration Examinations to become licensed upon graduation, effectively cutting several years off the licensure process. While an obvious benefit to architectural students, IPAL will 16 PRACTICE | WINTER 2017
help schools and professional firms as well. “IPAL will be a double win for the industry,” said Vaughn Horn, the BAC’s director of special projects and IPAL liaison. “Students will have a much faster path to licensure, and by working closely with IPAL student employees, firms will engage more in the educational system that serves them.” The BAC, which has longstanding relationships with many firms in the area, wants to strengthen these through IPAL. “We believe IPAL will be an opportunity for architectural firms to invest in professional education,” said BAC President Glen S. LeRoy, FAIA, FAICP. “ Through workshops, mentoring, scholarships, and participation of staff as adjunct professors, they’ll help us deliver the kind of passionate, hard-working professionals the profession needs.” The initial response to partnership has been very strong, with leading firms such as Elkus Manfredi Architects, Ellenzweig, Goody Clancy, HMFH Architects, MASS Design Group, Prellwitz Chiliniski Associates, Shepley Bulfinch, and Studio G Architects already on board. This June, the College learned that its Bachelor of Architecture program was accepted into the National Council of Architecture Registration Board’s Integrated Path to Licensure program as well, making the BAC the only architectural school in New England to offer IPAL at both the Bachelors and Masters level. Twenty-two students have already applied for the first spots in the BAC’s IPAL program and a second group is under consideration. The BAC expects more than two dozen candidates will be enrolled in the program, with the first cohort ready to take the Architect Registration Examinations within two years.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR PROGRAM ADMITTANCE IPAL is open to highly motivated BAC Bachelors and Masters level students who meet the following criteria: Age 21 years old 3.0 GPA or greater Skill level 6 or higher Skills assessment complete within past year Employed at an approved work setting Established NCARB record in the AXE program
PARTNER FIRMS We encourage area firms to join us in making IPAL a success. There are many benefits to partnering with the BAC in this program. As an IPAL partner you will: Gain access to qualified, highly motivated students for employment Experience higher retention of staff and interns Join a collaborative network of prominent practitioners Attend workshops and seminars, receiving HSW/CEU credits Exhibit your firmâ€™s work at ourgallery and website Access BAC courses and library at reduced cost for you and your staff
The BAC is proud to partner with:
Elkus Manfredi Architects Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. Shepley Bulfinch Ellenzweig Goody Clancy HMFH Architects, Inc. MASS Design Group Studio G Architects
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Bob Vila addresses BAC graduates
BAC president Glen LeRoy (left) with Bob Vila (right) leading the college’s processional down Newbury Street to Old South Church.
By Hayley Kaufman
GLOBE STAFF MAY 21, 2017
oston Architectural College is far from the largest commencement ceremony in the city, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get a top-flight speaker. On May 19, the school’s 167 graduates heard from one of their own: home-improvement guru Bob Vila, a BAC grad back in the ’70s and the former host of PBS’s This Old House. The college bestowed a posthumous honorary degree to Howard Elkus, cofounder of the influential Boston architectural firm Elkus Manfredi, who died April 1 at 78.
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CHARTING A PATH TO A STRONGER, MORE VITAL BAC. It was not that long ago that the field of architecture was led by “visionaries” who believed their work had the power to change the world. Their personal theories did bring about change, but not always the way they hoped. The profession, thankfully, is moving towards a less grandiose and more pragmatic vision of its future. We still want to help effect change, but now see ourselves as partners with, not dictators to, the communities we serve. The full impact of this vision is taking root— with more research, more community input, and more impact measurement. New buildings are more imaginatively designed, a pleasure to live and work in, are more energy efficient, respective of the environment, and healthier.
Glen S. LeRoy FAIA, FAICP President, Boston Architectural College
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Four ways you can help Read the plan and initiate a discussion with your peers.
Embrace the plan’s principles of diversity, inclusion, and evidence-based design in your own work. Contact departments that connect with your interest in the BAC to learn more about their specific plans and how to get involved. Make a donation to the BAC to support the Strategic Plan and its advancement of the school’s mission.
The BAC is playing a critical role in the adoption of this vision. If we are to help our profession reflect the diversity of the communities it serves, provide much needed specialized education in areas such as sustainable design and design for human health, and promote a more inclusive, evidenced-based approach, we need to be a stronger, more vital organization. That means growing in size, enhancing our product, and building the financial and partner resources we will need to get there. Sound like a tall order? We have already taken the first bold steps forward. Last year, through meetings with stakeholder groups throughout the BAC community, we surfaced common interests, explored a wide range of solutions, and formulated a plan to guide us over the next five years. The result was a new Strategic Plan, approved by the Board of Trustees in September 2016. It is a practical road map based on strategies and tactics we know we can accomplish, because it was built by all of us, working towards a vision we share. We are off to a great start. Teams have begun work on their top priority actions, such as expanding support for practice research, investing in new academic programs that will attract additional students, developing a plan to increase the school’s endowment, and conducting market research on perceptions of our brand. To build momentum and accomplish all we have set out to do, we need the support of everyone in the BAC community—this strategic plan needs to be something we all live. If you have not read the plan yet, I urge you to do so. You can find it at the-bac.edu on the leadership page. Read it, I think you will agree with me, it’s going to be an exciting time for us all!
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2017 Contributor’s Report:
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT The Boston Architectural College’s fundraising efforts in fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 –June 30, 2017 saw another record-breaking year. We could not have done this without the support of the alumni, friends, faculty, staff, students, trustees, overseers, corporations, and foundations that follow. Thanks to your generosity, the BAC saw an increase of 17% in funds raised compared to last year. Whether you made your first gift of $10 or give $10,000 annually, every gift builds upon the next to realize the impact on our students’ design education. We could not have done it without you!
FUNDRAISING BREAKDOWN Unrestricted | $500,437 TOTAL RAISED IN FY17:
Restricted | $147,340 Endowment | $154,202 In-Kind | $113,859
Every effort has been made to maintain complete accuracy in this publication. If any error is noted, please contact Evan Gallivan, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at 617.585.0281 or at
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The BAC welcomed 500 guests to its record-breaking fundraising event, raising over $415,000 for the College.
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FY17 Contributor’s Report
Gala Co-Chair and alumna Taniya Nayak, President Glen LeRoy, and Gala sponsor Elizabeth Lowrey.
BAC Spring Gala Gala Co-Chairs Howard F. Elkus Taniya Nayak Gala Committee Jon B. Andersen-Miller Sara E. Bourque Kevin D. Costello Griscel A. Diaz Constance S. Kolman Beth Lundell Garver Michael G. Morris Michael Nedeau Marc W. Pelletier Jay Philomena Felice L. and David J. Silverman Brien W. Tal-Baker Platinum Sponsors Elkus Manfredi Architects John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. Suffolk Construction Turner Construction Company Titanium Sponsors Commodore Builders Erland Construction, Inc. Gold Sponsors Arup Bond Brothers, Inc. Callahan Construction Managers Century Bank J.C. Cannistraro, LLC NEI General Contracting Silver Sponsors AECOM Tishman Boston Properties CBRE/New England Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Donovan Hatem LLP The Fallon Company Finegold Alexander Architects Roger N. and Cindy B. Goldstein Holland & Knight LLP ICON Architecture Karas & Karas Glass Lee Kennedy Co., Inc.
Longwood Security Services, Inc. NAI Hunneman Perkins+Will Perry and Radford Architects Silverman Trykowski Associates Bronze Sponsors Acentech AHA Consulting Engineers AIS Archimedia Solutions Group, LLC Arthur J. Hurley Company Bonneville Design Boston Private Bank & Trust Company BrightView Landscape Development, Inc. Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Columbia Construction Company Cushman & Wakefield DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP DiMella Shaffer Dimeo Construction Company The Druker Company, Ltd. Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation FDO Group, Inc. Gilbane Building Company Halvorson Design Partnership Marvin Windows and Doors Mikyoung Kim Design Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP North Fork Design Co. Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC Charles F. and Patricia S. Redmon Ryan Construction Shawmut Design and Construction Shepley Bulfinch Stantec Strategic Workspaces Symmes Maini & McKee Associates The Architectural Team United Civil Vanderweil Engineers Wells Fargo Advisors Weston Associates William Hodgins Inc. Xquisite Landscaping Inc
Gregor Smith, Trustee Judith Nitsch, and Overseer Emeritus and Gala Committee Member Marc Pelletier, ’16(Hon.).
In-Kind Sponsors Anonymous 305 Fitness Aidan and Maura Ackerman Aesop Antique Taqueria B/SPOKE Studios Babacool Arts Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca Boston Art Inc. Boston Harbor Distillery Boston Symphony Orchestra btone Fitness Buttermilk & Bourbon Canyon Ranch Frank M. and Linda C. Costantino Design New England Down The Road Beer Co. Galerie d’Orsay Grill 23 & Bar Harvest Himmel Hospitality Group The Innovation and Design Building J|P Fuji Group James Heroux Art Joyo K. Powers & Company Constance S. Kolman Kolman Artisan Glass
Legal Sea Foods Damian P. and Jenn Liddiard Lion’s Tail Boston Megan E. Lorenz Lucia Lighting & Design The Martin Group Michael Thron Sculpture Morel Orta Studio Taniya R. Nayak and Brian O’Donnell Morel Orta PBD Events Post 390 Restaurant Renjeau Gallery Salon Capri Saloniki Greek Studio U Tavolo Michael Thron James Timberlake Trade Trillium Designs Peter D. and Florence R. Vanderwarker Vanderwarker Photography Waterworks Michael T. Whaley Whole Foods Market Yale Appliance and Lighting
Overseer Joe Albanese; Trustee Carole Wedge, B.Arch ’90, ’08 (Hon.); and Arto Kurkjian, B.Arch ’82.
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FY17 Contributor’s Report
SOMERSET LEADERSHIP SOCIETY *
The Boston Architectural College gratefully recognizes the generous alumni, faculty, foundations, overseers, staff, trustees, and members of the Boston design community who made gifts of $1,000 or more to the College during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). $50,000+ Chleck Family Foundation $25,000–$49,999 Howard F. and Lorna W. Elkus Elkus Manfredi Architects G. Neil and Anne Y. Harper John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. Suffolk Construction Turner Construction Company U.S. Department of State Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program $10,000–$24,999 Joseph J. and Maria C. Albanese Arup Autodesk Bond Brothers, Inc. Callahan Construction Managers Century Bank Commodore Builders Richard J. Elkus Jr. and Helen Elkus Erland Construction, Inc. The Fallon Company Fidelity Charitable J.C. Cannistraro, LLC David F. Jaquith and Sara E. Bourque Richard L. Martini and Janet E. Olson Martini MASS Design Group Steven F. and Donna M. McDonald NEI General Contracting Judith Nitsch
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$5,000–$9,999 AECOM Tishman Boston Properties CBRE/New England Coast and Harbor Associates, Inc. Consigli Construction Co., Inc. Holly B. and John C. Cratsley DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP Donovan Hatem LLP Eleven Magazine Ltd. Finegold Alexander Architects Roger N. and Cindy B. Goldstein Gulf Related Robert M. Haimes and Joan K. Shafran Holland & Knight LLP ICON Architecture The Joan Shafran and Rob Haimes Foundation, Inc. Karas & Karas Glass Lee M. Kennedy Jr. and Maura C. Kennedy Kohn Pedersen Fox Marcella A. and Claude G. Lancome Lee Kennedy Co., Inc. Longwood Security Services, Inc. NAI Hunneman Perkins+Will Perry and Radford Architects Jay Philomena Prellwitz Chilinski Associates, Inc. Rasky Baerlein Dana C. and Janice K. Rowan Sasaki Associates Shepley Bulfinch Felice L. and David J. Silverman Silverman Trykowski Associates SJP Properties Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd Carole C. and Jerry Wedge
$2,500–$4,999 Acentech AHA Consulting Engineers AIS Archimedia Solutions Group, LLC Arthur J. Hurley Company Lisa C. Bonneville and George Davis Bonneville Design Boston Private Bank & Trust Company BrightView Landscape Development, Inc. Calvert Vaux Preservation Alliance Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. Columbia Construction Company Cushman & Wakefield Gillian R. Dahill DiMella Shaffer Dimeo Construction Company The Druker Company, Ltd. Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Ellenzweig FDO Group, Inc. Gilbane Building Company Goody Clancy Gordon H. Smith Corporation Goulston & Storrs Halvorson Design Partnership Michael A. Interbartolo Jr. John Hancock Glen S. and Susanne F. LeRoy Marvin Windows and Doors Michael Angelo Interbartolo, Jr. A.I.A. Mikyoung Kim Design Morgan, Brown & Joy, LLP North Fork Design Co. Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC Charles F. and Patricia S. Redmon Ryan Construction Shawmut Design and Construction Richard J. and Marilyn Snyder Stantec Strategic Workspaces Studio G Architects Symmes Maini & McKee Associates A. Anthony Tappé The Architectural Team United Civil Vanderweil Engineers Steven J. and Sharon H. Weber Wells Fargo Advisors Student
1889 SOCIETY The 1889 Legacy Society recognizes and honors all individuals who provide support of the BAC in their wills, trusts, life income gifts, retirement plans, life insurance designations, and other planned gifts.
President Glen LeRoy, Provost Diana Ramirez-Jasso and scholarship recipients at the Winter Scholarships & Awards Reception at the Algonquin Club.
Weston Associates William Hodgins Inc. Xquisite Landscaping Inc $1,000–$2,499 ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge Stephen M. and Jill M. Bell Boston Cultural Council The Bulfinch Companies, Inc. Joseph Cacciola Colburn & Guyette Continuum Innovation LLC Chad J. and Linda J. DaGraca The Designers Lighting Forum of New England DeSimone Consulting Engineers The Drew Company, Inc. Ronald M. and Julie F. Druker Richard M. Elkus Emerson College Russ Feldman and Anne V. Kane Maurice N. and Muriel Finegold The Forbes Company Jay S. and Patricia B. Gregory Richard M. Griswold Jr.
Trustees Cynthia Smith and Rodger Brown at the Spring Gala.
Terrence P. Hayes The Howard Hughes Corporation Leers Weinzapfel Associates LPL Financial Beth Lundell Garver Marcus Partners, Inc. Harold E. Nash III and Nancy B. Nash New England Development Nitsch Engineering Frederick Noyes Christina B. and David Oliver Finley H. Perry Jr. Jonathan Randall The Rich Foundation J. Allan Robinson and Ashley B. Yeats Kathleen C. and John H. Rood Safdie Architects Chester A. and Evelyn Shuman Siena Construction Corporation Cynthia W. Smith and Steven Imrich Tocci Building Companies Robert R. Uhlig Edward E. Zuker
Winners of the Alumni Awards David Silverman, B.Arch ’94; Sylvia Mihich, B.Arch ‘89; David Jaquith, ‘69; and Daniel Zeese, M.Arch ’10.
1889 SOCIETY Peter W. Ambler and Lindsay M. Miller Paul F. Blanchard Holly B. and John C. Cratsley Domenic DiGiorgio Russ Feldman and Anne V. Kane Sarah P. Harkness The William A. Krokyn Revocable Inter Vivos Trust Curt Lamb James A. Magliozzi and Judith Nitsch Richard L. Paulding Marc W. Pelletier and M. Penelope Carlhian Wilson F. Pollock Kathleen C. and John H. Rood Hugh and Mary W. Shepley Felice L. and David J. Silverman Peter H. and Helen F. Smith The Estate of Tad Stahl The Estate of Peter Steffian A. Anthony Tappé Robert J. and Carmen R. Verrier The Kenneth A. Wilkie Trust
Membership enables the College to thank and recognize donors for the future plans they have made today and to inspire generosity in others. Legacy gifts have an enduring effect at the BAC, as they help ensure the College’s future for future generations of emerging design professionals. For more information on estate planning at the BAC and on the 1889 Legacy Society, please contact Evan Gallivan, vice president of institutional advancement at 617.585.0281. or at email@example.com. IN-KIND DONORS
Isabelle A. Carlhian Judith Carlhian Larson M. Penelope Carlhian and Marc W. Pelletier Sophie V. Carlhian Dick Blick Art Materials Christine Fuchs Knoll, Inc. Titan Roofing, Inc. Deans Maria Ballalta, Don Hunsicker, Crandon Gustafson, Karen Nelson, and Len Charney at Commencement.
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FY17 Contributor’s Report
DONORS (UNDER $1,000) The Boston Architectural College gratefully recognizes the generous alumni, faculty, foundations, overseers, staff, students, and members of the Boston design community who made gifts up to $999 to the College during fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). $500–$999 Esther D. Ames Jon B. and Matt Andersen-Miller Atelier Ten Meredith L. Baker BAMO, Inc. Lawrence G. and Lynn T. Cetrulo Dick Blick Art Materials DRS Architects & Planners David Epstein Daniel P. and Nancy Glasow Glasow Simmons Architecture, LLP Joseph C. and Linda Gloski Gorman Richardson Lewis Architects Haley & Aldrich, Inc. Heidi Pribell Interior Design Gerald F. and Lindajean Ianetta Jiang Jiang JPRA Architects Blair S. Kershaw Arto V. and Ani Kurkjian Peter G. Kuttner III and Elaine Kuttner Landscape Forms Inc. Gisela M. Mahler Margolis + Fishman, Inc. Bernard R. and Louise K. Martell Stephen A. and Lauren A. Messinger Laura B. and John I. Meyer Lisa L. Nabulsi Karen L. Nelson David J. and Debra L. Odeh Wilson F. Pollock RDK Engineers Alison G. Richardson and Kenneth W. Pickering Janet E. Roche George A. and Christina H. Roman Douglas A. and Deidre C. Sacra John A. Schuyler and Fay E. Torresyao Schwab Charitable Robert A. Silverman Donald R. Small Smith + St. John Inc. Stull and Lee, Inc. Emily M. Talcott and Kenneth Lynch Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Peter D. and Florence R. Vanderwarker A. Vernon Woodworth and Alyson R. Haley $250–$499 171 Tremont Alchemy Foundation James G. Alexander Peter W. Ambler and Lindsay M. Miller Architectural Engineers, Inc. Carol Austin Charles A. and Nancy E. Barry Brown & Brown of Massachusetts, LLC Arthur C. and Patti L. Byers Leonard J. Charney and Steffi Bobbin Copley Wolff Design Group Peter G. Darlow Multi-year commitment
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Rosamond Delori Allen W. Fletcher Frederick Noyes Architects Bernie J. and Janyce N. Goba George and Daphne Hatsopoulos Aimee Jean Joseph D. LaGrasse & Associates William S. Kenney Arthur and Vaia I. Koumantzelis Joseph D. and Lila R. LaGrasse Curt Lamb Thomas N. Loring and Karen M. Tenney Rodolfo Machado John M. Martin Donald and Carolyn S. Moffat Kyra and Coco Montagu Henry and Emily H. Moss Joseph I. Mulligan III Marc W. Pelletier and M. Penelope Carlhian Antonia M. Pollak Joe Pryse R.W. Sullivan Engineering Gail Ravgiala Scott and Martha B. Richardson Robert Benson Photography Mark Robitz Vincent and Heather W. Rojo Catalina L. Rojo Ianetta and Gerald M. Ianetta Leslie Saul Richard W. and Linda A. Schreiber Stephen Smeke Charles E. and Patricia M. Smith Peter H. and Helen F. Smith Carolyn L. Spicer John B. Stanbury Jr. Josiah Stevenson James A. Tripp U.S. Charitable Gift Trust Tyler Vizard Walter A. Furman Co. Anne M. Whitney
Up to $249 Anonymous Aidan and Maura Ackerman Alexander J. and Krista Adamick Robert Adams ADI Design Services Albert Costa Architect alliantgroup AmazonSmile Foundation Patrick J. Amice Cynthia C. and Eric L. Anderson Robert C. Anderson Ann Beha Architects Elizabeth D. Armstrong Holly A. Arnold B.D. Nayak Architects and Planners, Inc. BAC Students George R. Baker III and Tracey A. Baker James A. and Sharon Barrett Becky Baskett Sarah Bazian Rudolph Bedar Andrew S. and Jeanne E. Bedar Ann Beha and Robert A. Radloff Jose Belliard Calderon Jean N. Berry Deborah Bianco Tina Binazir Corky Binggeli Paul F. Blanchard W. Douglas Bond Jason G. Boone Christian Boran Christian A. Borger Katy R. Boyd Judith A. Brandt Robert S. and Dianne L. Brooks Paul A. Brouillette and Neil Miller Don R. and Barbara F. Brown Larry Brown Daniel H. Broyles Atenas A. Bueno Herrera Rodney F. and Gail L. Burnett Robert A. and Evelyn Cala Carl N. Campagna Robert Campbell Ozben A. Cetin Tearar Chan Terence Chauvet Jennifer Cheng
Spring Gala Co-Chair and alumna Taniya Nayak, Trustee Richard Snyder, Trustee Jay Philomena, and Marilyn Snyder at the Spring Gala.
Alumni Board President Christina Oliver, CID, ’90, and Arto Kurkjian, B.Arch, ’82, at the Spring Gala.
Bryan Chou Alexander Clare Frederick and Karen Clark Christopher T. Clocher Ralph H. Clover and Winifred A. Stopps Deborah J. Cohen Jodi E. Cohen Gregory L. Colling Leslie H. Cormier Albert Costa Kevin D. Costello Richard J. and Pauline Crispi Kathryn M. and Lawrence M. Crockett James G. Cronburg and Janet L. Serman Angus W. Crowe CTA Design Builders, Inc. James S. Cyr D.F. Valente Architect and Planner Darlow Christ Architects Inc. Lucas P. Davariz Juan F. De Loera Fay DeAvignon and Christopher W. Scharff James E. and Stephanie D. Deitzer William R. and Paula M. Delaney Griscel A. and Enrique Diaz Tom DiLillo Kenneth A. Diranian Harry L. Dodson Terence and Lilliam Duffy Raymond Dunetz Linda Durant James P. Edwards George E. and Louise K. Egan Neal K. and Audrey G. Emmer Nicole Ezell Ben and Amanda Farrer William M. Figdor Scott D. Fiorentino Fiorentino Group Architects Michael W. Fiorillo and Michelle De Tarnowsky Edward O. Fisher Laura E. Fitch Joe Flynn Forms + Surfaces Kristen E. and Hogie Fritsch Jennifer R. Frost and Robert W. Gilson George H. Gard GID Investment Advisers LLC Nathaniel J. Ginsburg Francesco and Carmela M. Gioioso Seth A. Goldfine The Goldstein Family Foundation Sean E. Gross Crandon C. and Sakae Gustafson Anne S. Hall
Andrew J. and Candace Hall W. Easley and Suzanne L. Hamner Richard A. Hansen and Eleanor S. Erickson Priscilla J. Harcourt Adam C. Harper David M. Hart Gary J. Hartnett Stephen Hassell Leesa L. and Stephen N. Heath William J. Hemmerdinger III and Catherine C. Hemmerdinger Peter J. Herman Carol B. Hillman Holmes & Edwards, Inc. Sze Wai Hong Brian V. and Aimee J. Hromadka Robert Y. C. and Dora L. Hsiung Frances M. Hughes Barbara Hurst Hector J. Inirio Mehran Jahedi Kenneth R. Jodrie Jon Andersen Interiors Frederick S. Kam Barbara R. Kapp and Paul J. Mitarachi Ethel N. Kawesa Jamie Keedy Anahita Kianous Ralph D. Kilfoyle III James R. Kimball Jr. Jessica King Francis J. Kirwin Constance S. Kolman James P. and Michèle P. Kukla Jean H. Lawrence and Peter A. Petri Rand Lemley Brenda E. Lew Stephen B. Lewis Daniel M. and Beth E. Lewis Jacqueline Liebergott William H. Lockwood Lockwood Architects Timothy Manny John Y. and Yvonne Maroun Sara Massarsky Jennifer A. McGrory Chuck McGuire Adalma S. Mendez-Eaton Genevieve P. Messina John F. Miller Hannah G. Miller Jeffrey Marshall Millett and Mariana San Martin Andres Moreira Noel C. Morris Montigue and Elizabeth B. Morris Matthew T. Morrison Alexander S. Muentener Carolyn Mulcahy David M. Mullen and Barbara Hosmer Pedro R. Munoz B.D. Nayak Gary G. and Joanne M. Nelson Alan E. Ness and Margaret Bergmann-Ness Carl V. and Truth A. Nickerson Tomoko Nishikawa Luciana B. Nogueira Joel E. and Joan E. Nordberg Angela M. Odom Rogerio Orlando Daniel J. Overbey Michael F. Panetta Hytho H. Pantazelos Nicholas B. and Celeste L. Park Timothy A. Patterson
Herve E. and Therese A. Pelland Benjamin and Hillary F. Peterson William J. Peterson and Alexandra Kontsevaia Peterson Angelo and Kathleen M. Petrozzelli Susan Phillips-Hungerford and Francine L. Pennino John H. Pilling Deirdre L. Pio William A. and Edith F. Previdi Ronald M. Quicquaro Diana Ramirez-Jasso and Luis A. Montalvo Ray Dunetz Landscape Architecture, Inc. Preston T. Richardson and Barbara Preston Sean M. Riley Sarah E. Ritch Jason J. Roan Ronald R. Roberge and Kathy A. Kuhn James P. and Brianne Ryan Victor and Janine Saldanha Gary J. Schweizer Chloe Hyunju Seo John M. Sheskey Sheskey Architects Buxton L. Shippy Gary J. and Dorothy R. Siden Monica Sidor and Douglas Starr Richard G. Skinner and Patricia M. Houlihan Patrick J. and Jeanne Slattery Richard C. Smith and Nancy Hewitt Deborah L. Smith Steven Snider Jeffrey L. Staats Strategic Serendipity David M. Sturm and Fiona Taylor Mary H. Sullivan Jane W. and Cornelius F. Sullivan Dale L. and Mary Taglienti Shirin Tahsili Michael R. Tardif Herbert H. Tenenbom Sara Ting Theodore and Susan Touloukian Paul F. and Margaret E. Twohig Donald F. and Mary L. Vahrenkamp Domenic F. Valente Jr. Patricia M. Vaughn Robert J. and Carmen R. Verrier Karen and Mark D. Walls Nicholas D. Weidemann Laura A. Wernick Christopher Wicken Janice T. Wilkos-Greenberg and Scott B. Greenberg Wolfsong World Unity Inc. Lee D. and Andrea L. Wuelfing Brenda L. Young Frank T. and Natalie B. Zaremba Weiyong Zhang Gregory Zurlo Gerrit W. Zwart
Dean Karen Nelson, Overseer Robert Haimes, and Dean Maria Bellalta at the Winter Scholarships & Awards Reception.
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Howard F. Elkus Scholarship The Boston Architectural College creates scholarship fund in memory of Howard Elkus.
oward’s passing is an enormous loss to The Boston Architectural College, and to the entire design profession, nationally and internationally,” said President Glen LeRoy. “He was a visionary, a transformative member of our Board of Trustees, and a true friend. Howard was deeply committed to the College’s mission of providing design education to students who are underrepresented in architecture and the related industries.” The BAC has established the Howard F. Elkus Scholarship to benefit its students in his memory. This endowed scholarship will provide critical aid to financially disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students at the BAC. The first scholarship was awarded in Fall 2017 to Paula Peña, bachelor of interior architecture student. Elkus served as an overseer from 2009 to 2015, and then as a trustee from 2015 to 2017. Elkus championed dozens of BAC students and hired many to work at Elkus Manfredi Architects. For more information about the scholarship and to make a gift in his memory, please visit the-bac.edu/howard-elkus
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Howard was deeply committed to the College’s mission of providing design education to students who are underrepresented in architecture and the related industries.
FY17 Contributor’s Report
Elkus Manfredi Architects Principal Elizabeth Lowrey, Spring Gala Co-Chair and alumna Taniya Nayak, and Bachelor of Interior Architecture student Paula Peña, the first recipient of the Howard F. Elkus Scholarship.
HOWARD F. ELKUS SCHOLARSHIP We are grateful to Howard’s friends, family, and colleagues, and to the BAC Community, for making the scholarship in Howard’s memory a reality. As of September 1, 2017, we have raised over $115,000 for this special endowed scholarship, which provides financial assistance to financially disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students.
Howard Elkus at the Presidential Investiture of Glen LeRoy in 2015.
HOWARD F. ELKUS SCHOLARSHIP DONORS James G. Alexander Ann Beha Architects Carol Austin BAMO, Inc. Becky Baskett Colburn & Guyette Commodore Builders James S. Cyr Rosamond Delori DeSimone Consulting Engineers DiCicco, Gulman & Company LLP Donovan Hatem LLP Ronald M. and Julie F. Druker Richard M. Elkus Elkus Manfredi Architects Emerson College The Fallon Company Fidelity Charitable Rose Fiore Edward O. Fisher The Forbes Company Kristen E. and Hogie Fritsch GID Investment Advisers LLC The Goldstein Family Foundation Gordon H. Smith Corporation Goulston & Storrs Gulf Related George and Daphne Hatsopoulos The Howard Hughes Corporation
John Moriarty & Associates, Inc. JPRA Architects Kohn Pedersen Fox Arthur and Vaia I. Koumantzelis Arto V. and Ani Kurkjian Glen S. and Susanne F. LeRoy Gisela M. Mahler Marcus Partners, Inc. John M. Martin Mikyoung Kim Design Donald and Carolyn S. Moffat Carolyn Mulcahy Karen L. Nelson New England Development Judith Nitsch Nitsch Engineering Christina B. and David Oliver Rogerio Orlando Hytho H. Pantazelos Patrick Ahearn Architect LLC Jay Philomena Joe Pryse RDK Engineers The Rich Foundation Robert Benson Photography Mark Robitz Dana C. and Janice K. Rowan Safdie Architects Victor and Janine Saldanha Gary J. Schweizer Shepley Bulfinch Robert A. Silverman SJP Properties Richard J. and Marilyn Snyder John B. Stanbury Jr. Stull and Lee, Inc. Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd Sara Ting Tocci Building Companies Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Vanderweil Engineers World Unity Inc. Gregory Zurlo WINTER 2017 | PRACTICE 29
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