BAC Announces 2014 Alumni Award Recipients

Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Practice, and Distinguished Alumni in Service Awards Presented at Inaugural Homecoming

Marc Pelletier, Chair, BAC Board of Trustees; Felice Silverman '92, MID '14; Julia Halevy, BAC Acting President; Stephen Messinger, MArch '11; Arlen Stawasz, BArch '13

Marc Pelletier, Chair, BAC Board of Trustees; Felice Silverman '92, MID '14; Julia Halevy, BAC Acting President; Stephen Messinger, MArch '11; Arlen Stawasz, BArch '13; Photo by Sam Rosenholtz

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Alumni Awards - Emerging Designer, Selfless Labor, Distinguished Alumni in Practice, and Distinguished Alumni in Service. The awards were presented at the BAC's inaugural Homecoming Dinner on Saturday, October 11, 2014, at the Harvard Club of Boston.

The Alumni Awards highlight the talent, service, and passion of the BAC's notable alumni. Voting was open to the BAC community, and votes were cast throughout Homecoming Day.

Emerging Designer

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 (2004-2014) from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

The 2014 winner of the first Emerging Designer award is Arlen Stawasz, B.Arch. '13. Arlen demonstrates his passion and commitment to design using sustainable systems and active water management. Arlen brought this focus forward from his degree project to his traveling scholarship and now to his firm, Perkins + Will. Arlen's boundless energy, thoughtfulness, and compassion brings this subject back to the BAC in an exhibit that he is co-curating with Shaun O'Rourke this winter. Arlen frames his concern for thinking about sea level rise in terms that demand positive actions; his report on rising sea levels in Boston was recently featured in the Boston Globe. In short, Arlen represents the very best of the BAC.

Selfless Labor

The 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. Candidates may be alumni, faculty, staff, or volunteers who have served the College.

This year's winner of the Selfless Labor Award is Marc Pelletier. Marc is Chair of the BAC Board of Trustees. Marc has selflessly committed himself to advancing the BAC's mission and to providing leadership and support to the College wherever needed. His dedicated service on several board committees reflects his commitment to the success of the College, particularly in governance and fundraising. Committed to fundraising in support the College's resources, Marc has worked diligently to help build a culture of philanthropy at the BAC. As a key member of the Governance Task Group, Marc helped realize a new set of the College's by-laws in 2012. Devoted to our students, Marc will do anything to help new generations of emerging designers at the BAC.

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

The Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award recognizes and acknowledges the contributions of an alumnus who has made a significant impact in the design community while promoting and improving the design professions through his or her leadership. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

The 2014 winner is Felice Silverman, '92, MID '14. Felice is the President and a Principal at Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc., in Boston. She has been practicing interior design for the past twenty-five years with a focus on the design of spaces for education, children, healthcare, fitness, and commercial office interiors. Felice currently serves as an Overseer at the BAC. She recently completed her tenure as President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and also served as President of the New England Chapter of IIDA. She has been an educator and guest critic at the BAC, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Mt. Ida College, and the New England School of Art and Design.

Distinguished Alumni in Service

The Distinguished Alumni in Service Award is given to a BAC alumnus who has made a significant contribution to the BAC, its educational objectives, and its time-honored traditions. The individual serves the Boston community through public service while advancing the College's mission. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

The 2014 winner is Stephen Messinger, M.Arch. '11. Stephen 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, and he played a vital role in bringing the project from idea to reality in Washington, D.C., 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 this Thesis. After graduating, Stephen won the 2012 John Worthington Ames Scholarship, which allowed him to live in Sweden for two months and study all facets of sustainable cities. As a leader in sustainable thinking and practice, he has co-organized, developed, and taught a LEED and sustainability training course for co-workers, clients, and Harvard students aiming for both a deeper understanding of sustainable issues and LEED certification. Stephen can be found traveling by bicycle on most days, rain or shine.

The 2014 Alumni Awards were designed and created using the BAC's own 3D printing technology. BAC staff David Hansen and Andrew Shelburne designed and printed the awards in the BAC Coder Lab. The awards feature the new BAC seal on top and a honeycomb body  design to reflect the Selfless Labor statue by Dean Arcangelo Cascieri.