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Congratulations to our 2019 Alumni Award Recipients

Awards included Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Practice, and Distinguished Alumni in Service

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Alumni Awards - Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Practice, and Distinguished Alumni in Service. The Alumni Awards highlight the talent, service, and passion of the BAC's notable alumni.

Emerging Designer

Darguin Fortuna

The Emerging Designer Award is given to a young designer who demonstrates great promise and leadership within his or her field. Candidates are alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

The 2019 winner of the Emerging Designer award is Darguin Fortuna. Darguin Fortuna is a registered architect, urban planner, teacher and passionate sustainability advocate. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is currently an adjunct instructor at the BAC where he engages students in the act of place making and critical thinking. He is an NCARB certificate holder with architectural registrations in Florida, Massachusetts, and Maine. In 2016 he was awarded the Henry Adams Medal and AIA Certificate of Merit. Fortuna is the founding principal of Flow Design Architects, a multidisciplinary architecture practice focused on the design of memorable and educational experiences.

Selfless Labor

sara bourqueThe Selfless Labor Award is given to a member of the BAC community who has worked tirelessly-over an extended period of time-to advance the College's mission. The individual embodies the spirit and ideals of the College. The award is named after the Selfless Labor sculpture created by the late Dean Arcangelo Cascieri, which depicts a series of worker bees working on behalf of the colony around a beehive.

This year's winner of the Selfless Labor Award is Sara Bourque. Sara graduated from the BAC with a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Planting Design Certificate from the Landscape Institute of the Boston Architectural College. Since then, she has partnered with David F. Jaquith, AIA Architects & Planners, on collaborations for residential and commercial-scale landscapes. Sara founded her own company, Marshwind Landscape Design, where she concentrates on residential gardens and landscapes. Sara co-teaches design studios and serves as CityLab coordinator at The Boston Architectural College since 2014. She is also engaged as a practice reviewer for the landscape architecture students in the Practice Department.

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Phil Dunn

The Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award is 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.

The 2019 winner is Phil Dunn. Upon graduating valedictorian with a Bachelor of Architecture, from the Boston Architectural College in 2006 Phil Dunn was awarded the John Worthington Ames Scholarship, which afforded him the ability to travel to China.

In thanks to the John Worthington Ames Scholarship Phil Dunn was able to travel through urban and rural China in search of the great surviving specimens of Chinese traditional vernacular architecture. After touring China for almost 6 months Phil Dunn settled in Beijing in late 2006, and began working for internationally recognized contemporary Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at FAKE Design. During his 4 years at FAKE, Phil was the project Architect on numerous Architectural and Interior projects in Asia and Europe.

After leaving FAKE design Phil Dunn formed NAO in 2010. Phil Dunn's NAO, is a Restaurant and Bar focused design studio based in Asia, undertaking international projects and creating destination restaurants and bars that shape the social scenes of cities. At NAO there is a strong belief in the potential of every projects vision, and an understanding of the spirit and uniqueness behind each idea.

Distinguished Alumni in Service

deborah pierce

The Distinguished Alumni in Service Award is 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.

The 2019 winner is Deborah Pierce. Deborah Pierce, AIA CAPS, BAC Class of 1977, is an award-winning architect, nationally-recognized speaker, and best-selling author, as well as founding principal of Newton firm Pierce Lamb Architects. In addition to maintaining a busy practice for nearly 40 years, she has served the profession as a member of the BAC Thesis Committee, as co-chair of BSA's Small Firms Committee and Women In Design Conference, and as chair of the AIA Small Project Practitioner Knowledge Community.

The 2019 Alumni Awards were designed and created using the BAC's own 3D printing technology.
Thank you to the Alumni Council Awards, Scholarship & Recognition Committee: Christina Oliver (Chair), Jon Andersen-Miller, Arick Dyrdal, Luis Perez, Philip Reville, and Janet Roche