Holly B. Cratsley ’84, AIA Receives BAC Selfless Labor Award

Holly B. Cratsley ’84, AIA Receives Selfless Labor Award; Photo by Bonica Ayala

The Boston Architectural College Alumni Association presented Holly Cratsley '84, AIA with the Selfless Labor Award during a special reception in Shaw and Stone Library. The Alumni Association honored Holly with the award for her selfless devotion to the mission of the BAC and for her unyielding belief in the College's educational philosophy and the students we serve.

The Selfless Labor Award is presented to members of the BAC community who have exhibited exemplary levels of service for the common good of the Institution. It was named after Dean Arcangelo Cascieri's philosophy, depicted by his sculpture, "Selfless Labor," which has become an important and enduring symbol of the BAC.

Bill Box '06, Vice President of the Alumni Association Board, presented Holly with the award. Members of the Board of Trustees, Board of Overseers, Faculty, Staff, as well as Holly's family and colleagues were in attendance to celebrate her successes and longstanding support of the BAC.

"Holly's dedication to working with students and staff on assuring the high quality of our practice-based education, has demonstrated inquisitiveness and insight into how the BAC can best prepare our graduates to be excellent practitioners," said President Ted Landsmark. "Her leadership of our Educational Affairs committee has been outstanding in bringing together practitioners and educators for collaborative discussions across all our disciplines. She is an exemplary alumna in contributing time, talent, and resources toward supporting the BAC and our students. Holly is a role model of BAC alumni support, and her many contributions are greatly appreciated by the College."

Holly Cratsley is the Principal of Nashawtuc Architects, Inc., of Concord, Mass., founded in 1988. She has served on the BAC Board of Directors for the past three years. During her tenure on the Board, she co-chaired the BAC Celebrations Task Group in 2006, and currently chairs the Annual Meeting Planning Task Group. Her active interest in the BAC stems from 28 years of involvement with the college. An alumna of the Class of 1984, Holly has taught on the faculty, been a thesis review critic, served on the Educational Policies Committee and as an award jury member, and has been a consistent employer of BAC students and alumni.

In the Boston community, Holly has worked to promote women architects and the role of architects in residential design. She has served on panels at AIA conventions and at Build Boston and participated on BSA Committees. Holly coordinated a course for 12 years through Concord-Carlisle Adult Education that showcased the work of residential architects. Holly's work appears regularly on HGTV and on PBS's This Old House.

Holly is actively involved in the community of Concord. Her civic contributions include her service as Chair and Commissioner of the Concord Housing Authority for five years. She served on the Concord Underground Utilities Task Force, the Keyes Road Municipal Facility Committee, the Outdoor Lighting Task Force and the Concord School/Business Partnership. Holly is a member of the Concord Business Partnership, Concord Chamber of Commerce and New England Women Business Owners.

Holly regularly volunteers her services and those of her firm to nonprofits including the Pine Street Inn, Habitat for Humanity, Renewal House, and the Concord Museum.