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Stephen Sousa, '91, Receives 2011 Alumni in Practice Award

The Boston Architectural College is pleased to announce that Stephen Sousa, AIA, was honored with the Alumni in Practice Award for Architecture. Stephen earned his Bachelor in Architecture from the BAC in 1991. He was nominated and selected to receive the award by his alumni peers who gratefully acknowledge his creativity and exemplary success in hospitality design.

"I think it is a tremendous honor," said Stephen. "Receiving the Alumni in Practice Award for Architecture has special meaning because the award comes from my peers in the design community, as well as the institution that enabled me to fulfill the goal of becoming an architect."

The BAC Alumni Association presents two Practice Awards annually to alumni who have made significant contributions to the design community. Alumni who receive this award are considered to be those who bring honor to their professions and provide exemplary service in the fields of architecture and interior design.

Stephen has practiced design for over 20 years and is currently president and owner of Sousa Design Architects, the design firm he founded in 1998. Stephen and his company are nationally recognized as leaders in the hospitality market and have worked on an extensive list of residential and commercial projects along the East Coast.

"I attribute the success of Sousa Design Architects and myself to the collaborative effort that enables the client's vision to be achieved through architecture, interiors, and graphics," said Stephen. "I have also been fortunate enough to work with a group of talented and passionate people who strive to do innovative design projects."

Stephen and his team have designed some of Boston's most popular dining and nightlife destinations, including The Gallows in the city's South End and Mini Bar in the Copley Square Hotel. This past summer, they designed NOCHE, one of the few restaurants in Boston that caters to the late-night dining crowd. The design plays with the concept of "noche," which means "night" in Spanish, featuring hand-blown Italian pendants that mimic a starry sky and wall sculptures to illustrate the phases of the moon.

In addition to their creative use of lighting and materials, Steven and his firm are well known for their innovative applications of technology. They recently worked with Joe's American Bar and Grill on Newbury Street to convert the site's existing greenhouse into a four-season patio with a retractable roof—a feature that diners will not find anywhere else in the city.

"It is a privilege to celebrate these special people who work hard and selflessly to advance the field of design," said Chris Cox, vice president of Institutional Advancement at the BAC. "I think it's wonderful for our alumni to have the opportunity to honor each other with the Alumni in Practice Award."