BAC Remembers the Legacy of Thomas M. Menino

Thomas M. Menino Speaking in Cascieri Hall, Boston Architectural College

Thomas M. Menino Speaking in Cascieri Hall, Boston Architectural College; Photo by Mikkel Stromstad

Thomas M. Menino had a lasting impact on the City of Boston and our Boston Architectural College Community. He brought together our diverse communities to form a city that is truly welcoming, effective, and cosmopolitan.

As mayor, Menino put Boston at the national forefront of healthy, livable cities and sustains an ever-deepening commitment to climate action, to further decrease Boston's carbon footprint and to create more jobs for residents in the green economy. Importantly, Menino connected climate issues to broader concerns about health, quality of life and community well-being and utilized the expertise and connectivity of relationships across the city.

In 2010, the BAC recognized his accomplishments with an Honorary Doctor of Sustainable Communities. Menino delivered inspiring addresses to graduates and the BAC community during Commencement in 2003 and 2010.

During his last term in office, Menino opened the Dudley Square: A Community's Catalyst exhibition in McCormick Gallery. The exhibition featured the design of a new municipal facility as part of Menino's Dudley Square Vision Project, which sought to revitalize the once-thriving urban neighborhood in Roxbury, MA.

"Mayor Menino was a wonderful friend to the Boston Architectural College and an inspiration to its students," said BAC Acting President, Julia Halevy. "He will be sorely missed."