BAC Announces 2015 Award Winners

Winners of Architecture Degree Project Studio Commendations with Karen Nelson, Dean, School of Architecture; Photo by Molly Chase

Members of the Class of 2015 were honored at the annual commencement eve awards ceremony on Thursday, May 21, where the BAC presented awards to recognize students' hard work. Graduating students celebrated with family, friends, and members of the BAC community at the opening reception of The Grad Show in McCormick Gallery followed by ceremonies for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Boston Architectural College congratulates the 2015 award winners:

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship:

  • Erin S. Kim

The John Worthington Ames Scholarship Alternate:

  • Niusha Aghdaii

Henry Adams Medal & AIA Certificate Master of Architecture:

  • Angela Dominique Wyrembelski

Henry Adams Certificate of Merit Master of Architecture:

  • Ruthie Kuhlman

Henry Adams Medal & AIA Certificate Bachelor of Architecture:

  • Johnson Osband

Henry Adams Certificate of Merit Bachelor of Architecture:

  • Julianne Tavares

Certificate of Academic Merit Distance Master of Architecture:

  • Rachael Skye Sturm

Certificate of Academic Merit Master of Design Studies:

  • Julie M. Galluzzo 
  • Cheryl Laurine Miller 
  • Susan D. Pranger

Alpha Rho Chi Medal:

  • Johnson Osband 
  • Rachael Skye Sturm

Architecture Degree Project Studio Commendations:

  • Sean Carey, Special commendation for clarity of idea and representation
  • Ekaterina Emelyanova, Special commendation for civic beauty
  • John Edwin Matz III, Special commendation for building systems innovation
  • James Daniel Nall, Special commendation for façade innovation
  • Johnson Osband, Special commendation for narrative strength
  • Nicolas Schwertschlag, Special commendation for narrative strength
  • Brandon Watson

Architecture Degree Project Studio Award:

  • Brandon Watson

Interior Architecture Degree Project Studio Commendations:

  • Steven Michael Baron
  • Justine M. Perry
  • Maria Andrea Rodriguez Rivera

Interior Architecture Degree Project Studio Award:

  • Steven Michael Baron

Landscape Architecture Degree Project Commendation:

  • Marcus John Cantu, Honorable Mention
  • Evan Hammond

Landscape Architecture Degree Project Award:

  • Evan Hammond

Design Studies Degree Project Commendations:

  • Alexander K. Balashov
  • Rafael Diaz-Rivera
  • Jennifer Sue Ierymenko
  • Christopher J. Kirch
  • Julianne Reno

Design Studies Degree Project Award:

  • Rafael Diaz-Rivera

Architecture Thesis Commendations:

  • Niusha Aghdaii, Special commendation for innovation and representation
  • Poornima Balasubramanian
  • Kyle Patrick Digby, Special commendation for social responsibility
  • Christopher Whalen Dunn
  • Wei Gao, Special commendation for urban intervention
  • Ruthie Kuhlman
  • Bradford Charles Pineau 
  • Michelle Kate Ungar
  • Angela Dominique Wyrembelski 
  • Daniel Alfred Zeese

Edwin T. Steffian Centennial Thesis Award:

  • Christopher Whalen Dunn

Architecture Thesis Commendations (Distance Program):

  • Beatrice Mireya Ardila 
  • Christopher Elam 
  • Rachael Skye Sturm 
  • Amy Marie Winberg

Award for Architecture Thesis Excellence:

  • Rachael Skye Sturm

Interior Architecture Thesis Commendations:

  • Sarah Elizabeth Boisselle 
  • Rhisa Prince 
  • Maryna Schofield 
  • Elizabeth Doran Spatola 
  • Sarah Winston Strang

Award for Interior Architecture Thesis Excellence:

  • Sarah Winston Strang

Landscape Architecture Thesis Commendations:

  • Anahita Kianous

Landscape Architecture Prize:

  • Anahita Kianous

Master of Design Studies Commendations:

  • LeeAnne R. Brooks 
  • Aaron Christopher Eldridge 
  • Julie M. Galluzzo 
  • Logan Kjep 
  • Cheryl Laurine Miller 
  • Susan D. Pranger 
  • Anne Elizabeth Tudryn 
  • Sarah Marie White 
  • Rafaela Candiago

Master of Design Studies Award: Historic Preservation:

  • Sarah Marie White

Master of Design Studies Award: Sustainable Design:

  • Anne Elizabeth Tudryn

Distinction in Practice Awards:

  • Alexander K. Balashov 
  • Sarah Elizabeth Boisselle
  • Elizabeth Amy Knott 
  • Eric M. Smoczynski

Excellence in Applied Learning through Practice Award:

  • Alex Kin Cheung Ho


The Henry Adams Certificate of Merit: A certificate awarded each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to the second-highest-ranking student in each Architecture pro-gram accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

The Henry Adams Medal and Certificate: A certificate and engraved medal awarded each year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to the top-ranking student in each Architecture program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board.

Alpha Rho Chi Medal: The Alpha Rho Chi Medal is awarded annually by the National Professional Architectural Fraternity to graduates of each school of architecture in the United States based on leadership and achievement.

John Worthington Ames Scholarship Alternate & Winner: The Ames scholarship is awarded to a student each year who has shown outstanding scholastic achievement, for further personal development through an educational experience related to design, in accordance with a stated and accepted program.

Certificate of Academic Merit: This award honors a member of the graduating class for outstanding academic achievement.

Distinction in Practice Award: This award recognizes the graduating students of each program who have demonstrated excellence in Practice.

Excellence in Applied Learning through Practice Award: This award recognizes a grad-uating student who has demonstrated excellence in Practice, leadership and a strong inclination for giving back to the community.

Thesis Commendations: Thesis Commendations are awarded each year to Master degree students who have demonstrated outstanding work on their thesis project.

Award for Thesis Excellence: This award is given each year to a member of the graduating class for exceptional work on their thesis project.

Landscape Architecture Prize: This honor is awarded to the Landscape Architecture student who has shown outstanding ability and talent in design, and has demonstrated a high degree of academic scholarship, intellectual curiosity and service related to the art and technology of Landscape Architecture.

Edwin T. Steffian Thesis Award: This award is given to the Architecture student with the most successful thesis project of the year's graduating class.

Degree Project Commendations Degree: Project Commendations are awarded each year to the Design Studies, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture Bachelor's degree students who have demonstrated outstanding work on their degree project.

Degree Project Awards: This award honors the graduating undergraduate student of each program with the best end-of-term degree project.

Master of Design Studies Commendations: Commendations are given to Master of Design Studies students who have demonstrated outstanding work on their degree project.

Master of Design Studies Awards: This award honors the graduating Master of Design Studies student with the best end-of-term degree project.