It is with deep sorrow that The Boston Architectural College marks the passing of Peter Steffian, FAIA on Monday, May 28, at the age of 76.
Among many significant leadership positions held within the architectural community, Peter served on the BAC Board from 1996–1998, was a member of inaugural class of overseers in 2000, then served as overseer from 2000–2009, providing impressive leadership in helping to organize the group. He actively assisted the Nominations Committee in recruiting outstanding new overseers, organized the BAC's Institutional Advancement Program in the mid-1990s, and subsequently served as chair of the Development Committee for many years.
He was past president of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects for 17 years, through which he became a director, officer, and president of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.
"Peter was extremely generous through the employment of BAC students and the mentorship of emerging architects and designers," said BAC President Ted Landsmark. "He worked consistently in Boston, and nationally, to forward design education generally to insure that students transitioned from school to professionally licensed practice."
Peter was a prominent Boston architect who became principal and ultimately chairman of Steffian Bradley Architects, the firm founded in 1932 by his father, Edwin T. Steffian. During his 50 years in practice, Peter designed, planned, and managed many noteworthy building projects. He established an important portfolio that includes area landmarks such as 808 Memorial Drive in Cambridge and the Devonshire, a 42-story building that graces the Boston skyline.