The Boston Architectural College celebrated its 2013 Commencement on Friday, May 24 at Old South Church in Copley Square. One hundred and forty-eight students graduated in the disciplines of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, and design studies.
In keeping with BAC tradition, a jazz band accompanied graduates, special guests, and members of the Board of Trustees and Overseers in a procession through the city of Boston's historic Back Bay. They walked in full regalia from the iconic BAC building on Newbury Street to the church building in Copley Square.
Hayley Elizabeth Bouza, Bachelor of Architecture, was awarded valedictorian of the Bachelor's Program, and Phebe Apgar Williams, Master of Interior Design, was awarded valedictorian of the Master's Program. Hayley and Phebe were honored along with their fellow distinguished classmates at the Honors and Awards Ceremony hosted at the BAC on the evening of Thursday, May 23.
"Our graduates are encountering rapidly changing environments where their work will make interiors more healthful, buildings more sustainable, and landscapes more accessible," said President Ted Landsmark. "They will use new technologies, entrepreneurship, traditional design skills, and a commitment to public service to reshape and improve the worlds within which we live, work, and play."
The Honorable Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the architect of the Capital, provided the Commencement address, and was awarded an Honorary Degree along with Carl Sapers Esq., AIA (Hon.), and Morse Payne FAIA. Stephen Ayers will be awarded a Doctor of Public Design, Carl Sapers a Doctor of Design Jurisprudence, and Morse Payne a Doctor of Design Leadership.
"Take risks, travel far to serve the design professions," said Stephen Ayers. "Be honest, humble, compassionate leaders; continue on path to sustainability that will reduce dependence on foreign energy supplies; design, construct and operate buildings to assist other cultures to use advanced building codes; work to support preservation movement. Be part of the solution."
Ayers completed his Bachelor of Science in Architecture at the University of Maryland and received his Master of Science in Systems Management from the University of Southern California. After attending Officers Training School at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Ayers was commissioned as an officer in the US Air Force and assigned to Edwards Air Force Base. There he served as a staff architect with the 6510th Civil Engineer Squadron, managing numerous design and construction projects. He was promoted to design team chief and progressed to the rank of captain. Ayers was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and after five years of active duty, decided to pursue a career in public service in another way. After working in the architectural and engineering community in the Washington, DC area, Ayers joined the Voice of America as a general engineer in 1991. In 1992, he transferred to Rhodes, Greece, to lead design and construction efforts at several Voice of America sites in Greece and Germany. Ayers returned to the US in 1997 and joined the Architect of the Capitol as an assistant superintendent for the Senate Office Buildings. In February 2007, Ayers began serving as acting architect until his appointment as architect of the Capitol in May 2010. He is a licensed architect in California and an Accredited Professional in Leadership in Energy and Environment Design. He is both a member and fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the George Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha International, Construction Users Roundtable, Construction Industry Institute, Washington Building Congress, and Construction Management Association of America. Ayers is the recipient of the Construction Industry Institute's 2011 Carroll H. Dunn Award for Excellence. He is responsible for facilities maintenance and operation of the historic Capitol Building, the care of 470 acres of grounds, and operation and maintenance of 17.4 million square feet of buildings including the House and Senate Office Buildings, Capitol Visitor Center, Library of Congress Buildings, the US Supreme Court Building, the Thurgood Marshall Federal Judiciary Building, and other facilities. As architect of the Capitol, he oversees a staff of approximately 2,600 and an annual budget of nearly $600 million.
Carl M. Sapers is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Architectural Registration and is engaged in the arbitration of international construction disputes. A former partner at the law firm of Hill & Barlow for 40 years, he is an expert on the legal aspects of design practice. Now professor emeritus of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Sapers taught courses in Studies in Professional Practice in Architecture. At Hill & Barlow, his clients included the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and more than 50 architecture and engineering firms. Sapers served as acting general counsel to the American Institute of Architects, of which he is an honorary member. He is the author of chapters in several books on legal aspects of the construction process. In 1975, he was awarded the Allied Professions Medal of the AIA. In 1991, he was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal of the American Arbitration Association. Sapers was the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and served two terms as a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association. He was a member of the board of the American Arbitration Association and of the National Building Museum. Sapers was the 1993–1994 president of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and for nine years he was moderator of the Town of Brookline. He received a AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School.
H. Morse Payne is a mentor, an accomplished professional, and an inspirational leader. He showed promise as a young man, winning a prize for town planning in Norwood in 1939. A skilled draughtsman, Morse attended the BAC before winning both the BSA's travel scholarship and a scholarship to complete his architecture studies at MIT. After graduation, Morse joined The Architects Collaborative, where he would go on to serve as president. Morse would later return to the BAC as an instructor, where he became known for inspiring his students with confidence and faith in their capacity to accomplish more. During the first of his two terms as president of the Board of Directors at the BAC, he presided over the vote to move to our current location at 320 Newbury Street. He is also our inaugural Cascieri Lecturer. In 1993, Morse delivered the inaugural Cascieri Lecture in the Humanities titled Urban Design in 17th Century New England.