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    Alumni Awards

    Each year, we seek nominations for four awards that recognize exceptional BAC alumni and/or members of the BAC community for their achievements in their field and within the community. Award recipients are asked to provide a professional headshot and to attend our award reception and deliver a 3-5 minute presentation with 2-3 slides highlighting their accomplishments.

    For more information, please contact Alumni Relations at (617) 585-0146 or alumni@the-bac.edu.

    Emerging Designer

    Given to a recent graduate who demonstrates great promise and leadership within their field. They must be actively employed in the design field and be making an influential impact in their sphere of design. Candidates must be alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

    Distinguished Alumni in Service

    Given to a BAC alumnus who serves their greater community by advocating for social, environmental and/or policy change. Candidates should influence and empower others through design at the local, regional or global scale. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

    Distinguished Alumni in Practice

    Given to a BAC alumnus who has made a significant impact in the design community while promoting and improving the design professions through their leadership. Candidates are to have served in a leadership role in the design community for a substantial period and have mentored younger members of the design community. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

    Selfless Labor

    Given to a volunteer in the BAC community who has worked tirelessly for an extended period to advance the College's mission. The individual embodies the spirit and ideals of the institution and continues to selflessly dedicate their time to the BAC today. This award is named after Dean Arcangelo Cascieri's (1902–1997) "Selfless Labor" sculpture, which depicts worker bees working on behalf of the colony around a beehive. Candidates are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership in support of the College.

    Past Alumni Award Recipients

    2019
    Emerging Designer Darguin Fortuna
    Distinguished Alumni in Service Deborah Pierce
    Distinguished Alumni in Practice Phil Dunn
    Selfless Labor Sara Bourque

    2018
    Emerging Designer Maya Bird-Murphy, M.Arch '17
    Emerging Designer Olivia Stasin, MLA '16
    Distinguished Alumni in Service Sarah Ritch, M.Arch '03
    Distinguished Alumni in Practice Matthew Schiffer, B.Arch '91
    Distinguished Alumni in Practice Manuel Zeitlin, B.Arch '81
    Selfless Labor Valerie Fletcher, Trustee

    2017
    Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award Gerald Couto, '70
    Distinguished Alumni in Practice Jill M. Rothenberg, '89
    Distinguished Alumni in Service Brandy H.M. Brooks, BDS '06
    Distinguished Alumni in Service Anahita Kianous, MLA '15
    Emerging Designer Stephen Martyak, BDS '09
    Selfless Labor Ralph Jackson, BAC Adjunct Faculty Member

    2016
    Distinguished Alumni in Practice Sylvia Mihich, B.Arch '89
    Distinguished Alumni in Service David Silverman, B.Arch '94
    Emerging Designer Daniel Zeese, M.Arch '15
    Selfless Labor David Jaquith, '69