Fay DeAvignon Receives Distinguished Alumni in Service Award

Fay DeAvignon '78 honored for founding Angels of Hope nonprofit

Boston Architectural College Distinguished Alumni in Service Fay DeAvignon with BAC President Ted Landsmark and BAC Alumni Board President Bill Boxx

Fay DeAvignon with BAC President Ted Landsmark and BAC Alumni Board President Bill Boxx

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Fay DeAvignon '78 was honored with the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award on November 20, 2013 at the BAC Reception at ABX. Fay was nominated and selected to receive the award by her alumni peers for the contributions she has made to the community through her practice of architecture.

The BAC Alumni Association presents the Distinguished Alumni in Service Award annually to a member of the alumni community who has shown significant service to the College, the community, or the design professions.

"Fay has tirelessly served the BAC, her community, and her profession in many wonderful ways," said William Boxx '06, BAC Alumni Association Board president. "However, tonight we want to focus on what we consider to be Fay's crowning achievement. In 2002, Fay founded Angels of Hope, which is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide quality, sustainable healthcare to challenged communities in remote regions of Uganda. So far, five medical clinics have been opened. All of these provide basic medical and diagnostic services. Some also include birthing centers, laboratories, and surgical facilities. Since 2002, over 70,000 people have been served by Angels of Hope clinics. As an architect, Fay uses many skills in realizing the projects of Angels of Hope. She uses her skills as a designer to create the best facilities that circumstances allow, as a technician to devise construction methods that optimize the available resources, and as a collaborator to partner with other humanitarian organizations. But most importantly, Fay uses that skill—that unnamed skill that helps us to charrette all night long—to persevere in the pursuit of her mission."

Fay graduated from the BAC in 1978 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Fay was the first female national president of the Student Association of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC. She was also a former project manager for the construction of buildings on the MIT campus and worked on projects at Wellesley College and Harvard Medical School. In 2002 she started Angels of Hope, a nonprofit that began with the idea of helping orphans in Uganda and grew to open free medical clinics that provide medical, psychological, and social care that serves orphaned children and the elderly in Uganda. Fay resides in Natick with her husband Chris Scharff and her daughter Olivia Scharff.