Boston Architectural College 2012 Honorary Degree Recipients
The Boston Architectural College is proud to honor these remarkable individuals who have, throughout their lives and careers, displayed an extraordinary commitment to advancing the design professions by passing on the lessons that they have learned and seeking constantly to improve the world around them.
Ada Louise Huxtable
Doctor of Humane Letters
Ada Louise Huxtable, former New York Times architecture critic, winner of the first Pulitzer Prize for Distinguished Criticism, and recipient of the MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowships, is currently the architecture critic of the Wall Street Journal. She is recognized as the founder of contemporary architectural journalism in the United States. Her books include On Architecture, The Unreal America: Architecture and Illusion Will They Ever Finish Bruckner Boulevard?, Kicked a Building Lately?, Architecture Anyone?, and Frank Lloyd Wright: A Life. She served many years on the juries of the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the American Committee of the Japanese Praemium Imperiale. She lives in New York City and Marblehead, MA.
The College is pleased to announce that the BAC has been selected by OneWorld Boston, a Cummings Foundation Affiliate, to receive a significant grant to establish the Ada Louise Huxtable Fellowship. The Fellowship has been created to pay tribute to Ada Louise's remarkable design leadership career, by establishing an honors program in civic engagement and service learning within the BAC's Gateway to Practice Initiative.
Doctor of Architecture
Henry grew up in the American South under our country's version of apartied, left high school in Wilmington, Delaware as Urban Renewal was taking down whole city blocks, and arrived at Harvard as an undergraduate while the massive demolition for Government Center was underway. As an undergraduate, he converted to Modern Architecture as if it were a religious cult. In graduate school for architecture during the Vietnam War, he began to awaken to the political geography of cities and to appreciate the significance of existing neighborhoods and finally to look at their buildings seriously.
The recipient of a travelling fellowship in 1971, he moved with wife and child to a single room in a shared house in Amsterdam for a year. There he observed low-rise, street car-based, mixed-use neighborhoods of conventional timber and brick construction that seemed to function beautifully. A job offer for research into how people actually use buildings at University College London led to a further 15 years of life and work in England. He taught there and combined a practice centered on social housing with historic preservation projects-sometimes both combined. In 1976, he was appointed Architect to the Fabric of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and continued his involvement with other religious properties- an involvement that in Boston culminated in the Steeples Project, a system for bricks & mortar grants managed by Historic Boston Incorporated.
Since 1986, Henry has worked at the firm of Bruner/Cott & Associates in Cambridge. He is best known for contributions to large-scale adaptive reuse projects such as MASS MoCA, the Watertown Arsenal, Channel Center in the South End, the Waltham Watch Factory, and a variety of university buildings in New England. For twenty-five years, he was a leader of the Boston Society of Architects Historic Resources Committee. Since 1986, he has maintained a connection to the BAC as Thesis Advisor and Thesis Faculty for a decade. He also Chaired the 1997 Visiting Committee and wrote its report. He was a member of the original Overseers, and now lectures at the BAC on energy conservation and historic buildings.
Diane Kostial McGuire
Landscape Architect, Historian
Doctor of Landscape Architecture
Diane Kostial McGuire is widely recognized as a landscape architect with a keen aesthetic sense and durable design philosophy, a learned landscape historian with a sure command of plants and construction materials. Those who have studied with Diane, or followed her example, know her as an inspirational scholar and teacher, the creator of a singular program in landscape studies, and, a model for women who choose landscape architecture as an independent path.
Diane McGuire graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture, when the major was part of the Agricultural School. In 1956, Diane earned the Master of Science in Landscape Architecture and City Planning. Raised in San Diego, Diane has long cherished California. Despite a demanding practice in New England as Principal in the consulting firm McGuire and Watson, Landscape Architects and Site Planners, she makes annual pilgrimages drawn by a beloved landscape.
In 1965, Diane McGuire came to Boston to the Radcliffe Institute to study landscape from an intellectual and historical perspective. While there, she taught a course at the Radcliffe Seminars Program," The Intellectual History of Garden Art." Response to the course was so enthusiastic, the Seminars decided to build a program around it, and in 1968 Diane became the first director of the Radcliffe Seminars Program in Landscape Design, now The Landscape Institute at the BAC.
Doctor of Interior Design
Vicente Wolf, a world-renowned interior designer, has been involved in the Manhattan design industry for over 35 years. From the spacious light-filled loft in New York City where his company is headquartered, he and his team build on his passion for design that is guided by integrity and simplicity. He maintains this focus throughout his many creative endeavors: interior design, product design, photography, art and global travel. Wolf's portfolio offers the ultimate global practice, from multinational conglomerates to private homes, hotels, restaurants and product design. Vicente has been named one of the ten most influential designers in the United States by House Beautiful and has been inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior Design Magazine, and most recently was named to the AD 100 for 2012 by Architectural Digest. He has received the Pantone Color Award and, in 2009, Wolf was named one of the "Top 20 Designers of the past 20 Years" by Traditional Home.
Vicente Wolf's projects span the realm of design and Vicente is a sought-after public speaker, having lectured in South Africa, Japan, Canada, Dubai and Australia. He also teaches an annual course through Parsons School of Design in the Dominican Republic. He has published three books, Learning to See, Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design and Lifting the Curtain on Design that focus on the many design inspirations found throughout the world - through the eyes of a traveler.
Alan M. Webber
Editor, Author, Columnist
Doctor of Humane Letters
Alan M. Webber is an award-winning, nationally-recognized editor, author, and columnist.
In 1995, he launched Fast Company magazine, a fresh, dynamic entry in the business magazine category. Headquartered in Boston, MA, the magazine became the fastest growing, most successful business magazine in history. Fast Company won 2 national magazine awards-one for general excellence, one for design.
Prior to founding Fast Company, Webber was for 5 years the managing editor and editorial director of the Harvard Business Review. During his tenure, HBR was twice a finalist for National Magazine awards; he oversaw the journal's visual redesign and created the architecture for the journal's editorial performance that continues to this day.
Earlier in his career Webber was also active in the world of alternative newspapers: He worked as an editor at Willamette Week newspaper in Portland, Oregon, overseeing that paper's commentary, editorial, and op-ed section, and helped to found The Oregon Times, a political paper headed by a protégé of I.F. Stone. Webber co-authored two business-related books, Changing Alliances, a Harvard Business School study of the competitiveness of the U.S. auto industry, and Going Global, a look at the techniques and tactics needed to succeed in the global economy.
His articles and columns have appeared in The New York Times Sunday magazine, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications.
He has also been active at local, state, and national political levels, serving as policy advisor for the mayor of Portland, Oregon, writing speeches for several governors, and working as special assistant to the United States Secretary of Transportation. He currently serves on a number of philanthropic boards, including the Dorobo Fund in Tanzania and the Global Center for Cultural Entrepreneurship in Santa Fe.