The Boston Architectural College presented Bernie Goba, '69, AIA, with the Selfless Labor Award on Thursday, March 31 during a special reception in Shaw and Stone Memorial Library. The Alumni Association honored Bernie with the award for his passion and intensity throughout 42 years of unique devotion to the mission of the BAC, and for his steadfast belief in the College's students and alumni. Bob Verrier, '67, AIA, NCARB, president of the Alumni Association, presented Bernie with the award. More than 50 members of the Board of Trustees, overseers, faculty, students, staff, and special guests were in attendance to celebrate Bernie and his longstanding support of the BAC.
The Selfless Labor Award is presented to members of the BAC community who have exhibited exemplary levels of service for the common good of the College. It was named after Dean Arcangelo Cascieri's philosophy, depicted by his sculpture, "Selfless Labor," which has become an important and enduring symbol of the BAC.
"Bernie is one of the most devoted, energetic, exceptional alumni the BAC has ever had," said Bob Verrier. "His extraordinary contributions to all facets of the BAC Community and his service embody the principles on which the BAC was founded: volunteerism and service to the common good."
Bernie is president of B. Goba & Associates, PC, Architects of Medford. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the BAC in 1969, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts Degree from the BAC in 2007.
"There is no place like the BAC," said Bernie. "It embraces each person, and then each person embraces the BAC." Bernie is currently a member of the Institutional Advancement Committee, Alumni Mentoring Committee, and Student Development Committee. He is also chair of the Cascieri Lectureship Committee and secretary of the Ames Scholarship Committee.
In past roles, Bernie has served on the BAC Board of Directors as a member, chair, and vice chair, as well as on the Alumni Board as treasurer. He has also been a member of the faculty, Finance Committee, Development Group, and Governance/Membership Task Force. Bernie was an original member of the Cascieri Lectureship in the Humanities and founded and directed the establishment of the Cascieri Lectureship endowment. At the 113th Commencement Exercises in 2002, Bernie was recognized by the Alumni Association with the BAC Distinguished Alumni Award.