Stephen Rich Receives Distinguished Alumni in Service Award

From left to right.  President Ted Landsmark; Stephen Rich; and Bill Boxx, Vice President of the Alumni Association

From left to right. President Ted Landsmark; Stephen Rich; and Bill Boxx, Vice President of the Alumni Association

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Annually, the BAC and the Alumni Association proudly present the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award to a member of the alumni community who has shown significant service to the College, the community, or the design professions.

This year, the Boston Architectural College Alumni Association is pleased to announce that Stephen Rich '74, AIA, PE was honored with the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award for his renowned work in the field of Architecture. Bill Boxx '06 Vice President of the BAC Alumni Association Board, presented Steve with the Award during the 2012 BAC Commencement ceremony. He was nominated and selected by his BAC alumni peers for his significant contributions to the BAC and to the community for over 35 years.

Following his graduation from the BAC in 1974, Steve began his teaching career at the BAC and he hasn't stopped since. In addition to teaching Freehand Drawing, Perspective, Pen and Ink and Rendering at the College, Steve has also taught classes at North Shore Community College, New England School of Art, Newbury Junior College and Harvard GSD. When Steve is not teaching, he can be found meeting with and advising not only his current students, but former students whom he continues to mentor.

In the 1980's Steve turned some of his free time to civic endeavors. Over the years, he has served the Town of Saugus, MA as a member of the Building Committee, the Alternative Energy Committee, the Affordable Housing Trust, the Belmont Middle School Renovation Committee and the Open Space Committee. Additionally, he worked on grants and plans for the restoration of SaugusTown Hall, advised the MEG Foundation on the preservation of the Old Cliftondale School, designed the clubhouse and dugouts at World Series Park and provided drawings for two books about Saugus, "Of Time and the River" and "A Gathering of Memories".

In 1986, Steve's authored the textbook, "Rendering Standards", published by Van Nostrand Reinhold. That same year, he co-founded the American Association of Architectural Illustrators, ASAI, which in his words is, "the accomplishment of which I am most proud." The ASAI began with three local members and now boasts over 800 members world-wide.

Along with teaching at the BAC, Steve has also served on the on several BAC committees including; the Academic Curriculum Committee, the Honors and Awards Committee from 1980 to 1988, the Alumni Association Board from 1982 to 1987, serving as its President from 1983 to 1985, and from 1983 to 1987 he served as the Alumni Representative to the Delayed Degree Committee. Even with his busy schedule, Steve still manages to find time to nourish his spiritual side, by acting a as a Trustee of his parish, the First Congregational Church of Saugus.

Steve exemplifies the time honored tradition of service to others, which the BAC so proudly honors. His work at the College has enhanced the BAC's educational objectives and its place in the design community.