The Boston Architectural College Board of Trustees has assembled a 12-member Presidential Search Committee whose responsibility is to make a recommendation to the Board regarding the next president while ensuring the BAC community has an opportunity to engage in the search process.
Formed in consultation with governance, academic, and administrative leadership, the Presidential Search Committee is comprised of representatives from many segments of the BAC community, including governance, faculty, staff, alumni, and students.
We will continue to keep you informed on the latest updates to the presidential search.
Chad DaGraca, CPA
Treasurer, Board of Trustees
Chad DaGraca is a partner at the CPA firm DiCicco, Gulman & Company, LLP, in the Commercial Business Group. Chad's practice is focused on providing closely held businesses and their owners with solutions to their financial, tax, and business advisory needs. Chad specializes in auditing and taxation, internal controls and systems analysis, financial and tax planning, ownership transition, and due diligence services. As a team leader in DGC's Architecture and Engineering practice, Chad has over 12 years experience servicing the design community. Chad is responsible for the production of DGC's annual Architectural Study, which includes firsthand research and analysis of architectural firms in the greater Boston market. Chad is also a frequent speaker on topics related to the A/E industry, including firm profitability, project management, and tax planning. Chad is a graduate and former trustee of Bridgewater State College. Chad is active in the community and currently serves as the co-chair of ACEC - Massachusetts' Accounting & Finance Forum. He has also served as secretary of the Woburn Kiwanis.
Valerie Fletcher is executive director of the Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD) with broad oversight of all consulting and design services. She created the IHCD User/Expert Lab, which has over 300 people engaged in the evaluation of places, products, and services. Her focus is integrating data from contextual inquiry research findings to design solutions in higher education, public transit, culture, workplace, healthcare, multifamily housing, and the public realm. Her career has been divided between design and public mental health. As the former deputy commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, she oversaw the largest participatory planning process undertaken in a state mental health system. Valerie is also councilor for the International Association for Universal Design (IAUD) in Japan. She has created an international universal design benchmarking project for the government of Singapore. In addition, Valerie led the creation of a national digital cultural resource on accessibility and universal design for the US National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Institute for Museum and Library Services. Valerie has a master's degree in ethics and public policy from Harvard University.
Bethany Lundell Garver, AIA
Director of Applied Learning
Bethany Lundell Garver, AIA, NCARB, is Director of Applied Learning and Faculty at the Boston Architectural College. She leads college-wide efforts to connect education with practice through reflective assessment and experiential learning initiatives including the CityLab Intensive program. Her research and teaching focuses on urban design, community engagement, design pedagogy, and professional practice. Beth holds a Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design, along with a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Interior Architecture, both magna cum laude, from Auburn University. She has been elected to several board leadership positions, most recently the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture and the Boston Society of Architects AIA chapter. As a licensed architect, Beth has over a decade of professional experience in architecture, urban design, and planning. Beth worked with Rafael Viñoly Architects in New York and San Francisco managing large laboratory and healthcare projects from design through completion, including numerous years of full-time on-site construction administration supervision.
Shauna Gillies-Smith, ASLA, MAUD, M.Arch
Shauna Gillies-Smith is the founding principal of GROUND and oversees the design direction of all the firm's projects. Trained as an architect and urban designer, her shift to landscape practice was motivated by the desire to reveal the potentials of surprise and pleasure in the urban realm. Shauna's landscapes play a protagonist role in the experience of the city—creating unexpected moments of joy and engagement that craft the stage for the drama of urban life. The work strives to balance careful detailing and execution with comfort and openness in use, fully believing that urban landscapes need the dynamic participation of the public to be successful. Shauna has taught landscape architecture design studios and technical courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, RISD, UBC, RPI and Tulane. She received a MAUD degree from Harvard's GSD, an M.Arch from the University of British Columbia, and a BA (Econ) from Queen's University. Shauna sits on the Board of the Directors of the Boston Society of Architects and the Advisory Board of the Design Industry Group of Massachusetts. She has held the roles of Co-chair of the Urban Design Committee at the BSA, and both Contributing Editor and Editorial Board Member of Architecture Boston Magazine.
Gloria Kabamba, ASID
Student Candidate, Bachelor of Interior Architecture
Gloria Kabamba, ASID, a current Bachelor of Interior Architecture candidate at The Boston Architectural College, holds the position of junior designer at Albert, Righter & Tittmann Architects, Inc. Previously, Gloria worked as a design intern at Creative Office Pavilion where she utilized her professional skills under the direction of the head interior designer helping to create floor plans, finished products, and materials. She has also functioned as visual merchandiser for Forever 21, where she developed new floor plans and merchandise displays to highlight key items within a small space. Gloria offers a wide range of professional expertise―along with being trilingual she is adept at space planning, visual and concept development, and hand drafting. Gloria earned her Associate of Arts in Interior Design from Manchester Community College in 2017.
Michael Liu, AIA
Michael Liu, as vice president and principal of The Architectural Team, is responsible for overseeing the firm's design and recruitment efforts. With over 30 years of design and masterplanning experience, he holds registrations in nine states and has been a registered architect in Massachusetts since 1984. Michael has directed the design of a wide range of developments across the hospitality, recreation, residential, mixed use, and commercial sectors. His design work has been honored with awards from notable professional and trade associations, including the American Institute of Architects, the Boston Society of Architects, and the Massachusetts Historical Commission. Michael's work includes Battery Wharf, 375 Newbury Street, Lovejoy Wharf, The Kensington, the master plan for the Massachusetts Mental Health Center, 40 Trinity Place, and Clippership Wharf. Michael has served on the Board of Directors of Bay Cove Human Services, as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, and on the State Designer Selection Board for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Michael is a graduate of Cornell University's College of Art, Architecture and Planning.
Richard L. Martini, B.Arch '84
Chair, Board of Trustees
Richard L. Martini, chief operating officer of The Fallon Company, oversees the development of projects from concept and budgets through planning, design, approvals, construction, opening, and operations. His expertise is mixed-use projects with complex design, budget, and coordination challenges. He joined the Fallon Company in 2002 and is a partner in several company development projects. Throughout his career, he has overseen over $6 billion of development and construction projects throughout North America. Richard also served as senior vice president of design and construction for Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, overseeing all design and construction for six major hotel brands. He was responsible for industry leading initiatives, including the first three "W" branded hotels, and complete design repositioning for the Westin and Sheraton brands. Richard has been a registered architect in several states, and has received several awards over his career, including the Grand Award from the Urban Land Institute, Best Condominium Project under $200K, and Best Rental Project. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from The Boston Architectural College in 1984.
Greg Minott, AIA
Gregory Minott, originally from Mandeville, Jamaica, is the Managing Principal at DREAM Collaborative in Boston, MA. Gregory moved to the U.S. in 1999 and earned dual Master's degrees in Architecture and Infrastructure Planning at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In 2010, he received the AIA's National Young Architects Award. The AIA specifically recognized his significant contributions to more livable communities, better connected neighborhoods, and more durable and sustainable urban environments. Gregory served on the State Designer Selection Board and was recently elected Vice President for Practice at the Boston Society of Architects. He also served as Design Chair for Dudley Square Main Streets Merchant Association, a commercial revitalization organization located in Boston's historic Dudley Square Commercial District.
Dean & Faculty, School of Architecture
Karen Nelson is dean of the School of Architecture at The Boston Architectural College. In 1994, Karen began teaching design studios at the BAC followed by theory seminars and faculty development courses. Karen practiced architecture working on housing for people with AIDS in NYC, a school building in MA, and on commercial projects. Karen's passion for contemporary art and architecture, landscape architecture, and linguistics inform her teaching and practices. In 2011, Karen received the Edmund C. Toomey Award for Student Advocacy. In 2012, working with Tina Blythe and Len Charney, Karen received an NCARB grant to explore Collaborative Global Practice. Karen has also served as adjunct faculty in the Department of Landscape Architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design from 1995–2012. Karen received her Master of Architecture from Columbia University and her Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from MIT.
Judith Nitsch, P.E., Hon. BSA
Vice Chair, Board of Trustees
Judy Nitsch is founding principal of Nitsch Engineering, Inc. The firm has provided civil, structural, and transportation engineering; land surveying; planning; green infrastructure consulting; and GIS services on projects in 21 states and five countries. In 1989, Judy was elected the first alumna member to the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Board of Trustees. Under her leadership, WPI developed two master plans and built a campus center, an LEED-certified admissions building, an LEED-Gold residence hall, and an LEED-Gold Sports & Recreation Center. The Nitsch/Magliozzi Green Roof atop East Hall and the Nitsch/Magliozzi Entrance to the Sports & Recreation Center are named for her and her late husband, architect Tony Magliozzi, BAC '62. She is a trustee of Eastern Bank, and a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and co-chair of its Real Estate Development Committee. She is a past president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts, the Boston Society of Civil Engineers Section/ASCE, and the Society of Women Engineers. Judy is also a member of the Urban Land Institute and serves on the ULI Boston/New England Advisory Board. Judy is a graduate of WPI with a BS in Civil Engineering, and received an honorary Doctor of Science from the Massachusetts Maritime Academy in 2010, and an honorary Doctor of Engineering from WPI in 2015.
Joseph Porter, M.Arch'15
Alumni Council Member
Joe Porter is a design manager at Steffian Bradley Architects (SBA) and Sterling Planning Alliance and at night, is an instructor at The Boston Architectural College for the History of Architecture & Design and Future Artifact. As a Presidential Scholar in the Honors Program at the American University in Washington, DC, Joe earned a Bachelor of Arts majoring in International Studies and Environmental Design. He studied the intricate relationship between environment and development in Thailand, Denmark, and China. Fascinated with the potential of architecture as a physical manifestation of otherwise intangible forces, he left a career in the engineering industry to pursue his Master in Architecture from the BAC. He was a recipient of the William Nast Segment II Portfolio Award, the Adeline Graves Fournier Sketchbook Prize, and the William Norris Travelling Award. He tutored at the Learning Resource Center and was a teacher's assistant for the History and Theory of Design. His research focused on the value of space in a virtually connected society, exploring the effects of curated interactions on social and physical striation in society.
Marilyn Swartz-Lloyd is a city planner and the president and CEO of MASCO, the area planner and service provider for the 21 institutions in the Longwood Medical and Academic Area. MASCO offers members area development and transportation planning, parking and shuttle services, sustainability best practices, office space, telecommunications, and child care. Previously, Marilyn was senior advisor to the president of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. She was also a principal in the BRF&G Consulting Group, advising clients in real estate, strategic planning, and economic development. She was president of Beacon Management Company, and CEO of the Economic Development and Industrial Corporation of Boston. Marilyn is currently on the Board of Directors of Lau Technologies and of NAIOP, a founding member of Northeastern's Center for Urban and Regional Policy, an advisor to GO Boston 2030, a member of ULI's Infrastructure Council, an honorary board member of Dimock Community Health Center, and an honorary life member of the International Economic Development Council, where she was formerly national president. She holds a BA in government from Smith College and a Master of City Planning from Yale University.