Stephen Messinger, M.Arch '11, pursues his passion of sustainable design and thinking vigorously in all aspects of his life, from academic to professional to personal. While a student at The BAC, Stephen served as a project director for the BAC/Tufts 2009 Solar Decathlon, playing a vital role in bringing the project from idea to reality in Washington, DC, on the National Mall. Due to his strength in working with others, his passion for sustainable thinking and projects, and his leadership skills, Stephen served as Atelier president, vice president, and treasurer and won two President's Awards, the Dean's Award, the Alpha Rho Chi medal, and a Commends Nomination for his thesis. After graduating, Stephen won the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship, which allowed him to live in Sweden for two months, studying the many facets of sustainable neighborhoods, communities, and cities.
Working in Perkins+Will's Boston office, Stephen leads the Sustainable Steering Committee and serves as a representative to the firm-wide Sustainable Communities Task Force. Stephen specializes in higher education, where he recently completed the design for the first Living Learning Community at Keene State College in New Hampshire. The project, slated to open in Fall 2016, will be the most energy-efficient on campus, meeting the 2030 Challenge by reducing its energy use intensity by 70 percent.
Bringing sustainable practice home, Stephen completed Boston's Green Triple Decker pilot project with a deep energy retrofit of his house in Jamaica Plain, which includes super insulation, energy-efficient windows, a heat pump heating and cooling system, tankless on-demand hot water, low flow/dual flush fixtures, and an energy recovery ventilator. Stephen can be found traveling by bicycle on most days, rain or shine.
Stephen has remained involved with the BAC since graduation, serving on several thesis panels as a design critic as well as representing alumni as a director, vice president, and current president of the BAC Alumni Board. As president, he focuses his energy on strengthening the alumni community and its connection to the school and helping build an association of professionals who represent the BAC and its alumni in the design community and beyond.