Robert J. Verrier '67, FAIA, NCARB
"I can honestly say that I have never designed a building as a means to win an award."
Despite his statement, as Architect of Record, Bob Verrier's work has been acknowledged with 34 honors and awards-his firm, The Architectural Team, has received over 85 honors and awards. For more than 40 years, Bob has built a career around affordable housing and the historic preservation and adaptive reuse of architectural heritage sites both locally and nationally.
Bob grew up in North Attleboro, MA, where his interest in architecture was first ignited as a teenager when a neighbor taught him how to draft. By 17, he had developed an interest in adaptive reuse and began producing house plans of his own. He officially entered the design world at 18 when he joined Symmes Maini & McKee Associates."
He began his formal design education at the BAC. At the time, Bob was one of only 26 students at the BAC, when the institution was known as the Boston Architectural Club. Shortly thereafter, he was drafted to serve in the air force during the Vietnam War and, once discharged returned to the BAC to continue his studies. He married his wife, Carmen, and the young couple welcomed three children into their family before the completion of his formal architectural education.
In 1971, Bob cofounded The Architectural Team (TAT) with fellow BAC graduate, Joe Kelly. As Vice President and Managing Partner for the last 40 years, Bob has grown TAT from four to 62 design professionals and has hired more than 250 BAC students in practice.
Bob is best known for his projects in Boston, including the transformations of Bosotn waterfront developments which include Battery Wharf, Commercial Wharf, Lincoln Wharf, the San Marco; and other notable neighborhood revitalizations such as West End Place, the Baker Chocolate Factory complex, Charlestown Boys and Girls Clubs in Dorchester, Chelsea, Roxbury, the former R.H. Stearns Building in the Ladder District, and the former Somerset Hotel and Elliot Hotel in the Back Bay. His vision for and holistic approach to each of these projects helped revitalize the neighborhoods to which they belong. Bob is also regarded for his longstanding tradition of supporting Habitat for Humanity and the cause of providing high-quality, affordable housing ecosystems to Americans.
"It is important that the fabric of a community remains intact and that is why affordable housing matters," said Bob. "Around the country, we have seen the transformative effects these projects can have on a neighborhood, and the community at large."
Bob is a registered architect in more than 25 states and is the Architect of Record for more than 300 developments. Under his direction, TAT has received numerous awards in design from leading professional and trade associations, including the Massachusetts Historical Commission, National Association of Home Builders, American Institute of Architects, Habitat for Humanity, Massachsetts Preservation, Boston Society of Architects, and the Boston Preservation Alliance. Additionally, Bob was personally honored by President Ronald Reagan with an award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation for the preservation and adaptive reuse of the Baker Chocolate Factory in Dorchester Lower Mills, MA.
Through his work, Bob has proven that few historic buildings are too narrow, too wide, too specific to their original purpose, or too neglected to restore and adapt to a new use. Buildings are too important to our identity and national diversity to be considered disposable.
Bob credits simple client satisfaction as the reason for the firm's success. Beyond natural talent and a superb sense of aesthetics, Bob relies on honest business relationships and above all, takes care of his clients by designing within their envisioned program and budget. While TAT has never actually advertised its services, the firm has retained numerous life-long clients, and has even completed recent work for children of its original clients.
Bob served as President of the BAC Alumni Association Board and remains a steadfast supporter of the college. Among other contributions, Bob has spearheaded recent efforts to raise funds for Don Brown's book Designed in Boston, a history of the BAC.
Why is Bob Verrier generous?
"I believe in and enjoy supporting the BAC. It gives opportunities to those who would otherwise never be afforded the chance to receive an education in design. The BAC itself is a generous school and a remarkable institution."