BAC Announces Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award for Architecture

Rudolph Bedar '51, AIA Emeritus

Rudolph Bedar '51

Rudolph Bedar '51; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Rudolph Bedar '51, AIA Emeritus was honored with the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award for Architecture. He was nominated and selected to receive the award by his alumni peers for his distinguished body of work spanning 60 years in the Architecture profession.

Rudy began his career in 1945 at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. By 1946, he had returned to the US to further his education from 1946-1951 at the BAC, then known as the Boston Architectural Center. Rudy also earned a Beaux Arts Diploma in Architecture at L'Ecole Des Beaux Artes de Fontainebleau and won the first prize in the Boston Society of Architects Traveling Scholarship competition in 1951. He was a runner-up in both 1952 and 1953 for the Rotch Traveling Scholarship. Rudy went on to join the teaching staff as a studio instructor at the BAC in 1951, helping to guide and educate scores of design students over a five year period.

From 1953 to 1954, Rudy was Principal-in-Charge of the Boston office of Gruzen & Partners, NY. In 1956, Rudy opened Bedar and Alpers Architects in Boston with partner Phineas Alpers, AIA. In both 1963 and 1964, Bedar and Alpers won the National Association of Home Builders House of the Year Award. The firm closed in 1977 when Rudy opened Bedar & Associates Architects in Needham, MA, where he serves as Principal to this day.

Throughout his 60 year career, Rudy has amassed an extensive breadth of experience in all phases of architecture as a detailer, designer, specification writer, and land planner. He has been the Project Architect overseeing the design of historical buildings, recreational facilities, educational facilities, space planning, and housing for low income, elderly, multi-family, mixed income, high and low rise. His work has been prominently featured in Life Magazine, House and Home Magazine, and Remodeling Magazine.

Rudy's is a family of architects. Sons Cliff and Andy followed in their father's footsteps, both earning their Masters of Architecture from the BAC. Cliff was even awarded the Boston Society of Architects Traveling Scholarship in 1985, exactly 35 years after his father.

Rudy is now 88 years old and still designing and hand-drafting his work. He represents an era gone by, but is appreciated by those who have expressed themselves in pen and ink or a No. 314 draughting pencil. Those who know Rudy consider him an architect's architect. He is not a "talk-a-tect"; rather, he is an articulate, imaginative creator of design whose distinguished body of work speaks for itself.