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BAC Alumni Awards

Save the Date: December 9, 2021 at 6:30PM

Nominations are now closed for the 2021 BAC Alumni Awards! Each year, the BAC Alumni Advisory Council is proud to present awards to a select group of alumni and dedicated volunteers in recognition of their professional achievements as well as their service to the community and the BAC. Stay tuned to learn about this year’s award recipients and event details!

Outstanding BAC alumni and friends are recognized in the following categories:

Given to a recent graduate who demonstrates great promise and leadership within their field. They must be actively employed in the design field and be making an influential impact in their sphere of design. Candidates must be alumni who have graduated within the last 10 years from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

Given to a BAC alumnus who serves their greater community by advocating for social, environmental, and/or policy change. Candidates should influence and empower others through design at the local, regional, or global scale. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

Given to a BAC alumnus who has made a significant impact in the design community while promoting and improving the design professions through their leadership. Candidates are to have served in a leadership role in the design community for a substantial period and have mentored younger members of the design community. Candidates are alumni from any of the disciplines currently taught at the BAC.

Given to a volunteer in the BAC community who has worked tirelessly for an extended period to advance the College's mission. The individual embodies the spirit and ideals of the institution and continues to selflessly dedicate their time to the BAC today. This award is named after Dean Arcangelo Cascieri's (1902–1997) "Selfless Labor" sculpture, which depicts worker bees working on behalf of the colony around a beehive. Candidates are individuals who have demonstrated exceptional volunteer leadership in support of the College.

2020

Emerging Designer

Jessi Flynn, MLA '15

Distinguished Alumni in Service

John Dalzell, B. Arch '88

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Shpresa Theodhosi, B. Arch '78

Selfless Labor

Richard Martini, B. Arch '84

Click here to watch the 2020 Alumni Awards Ceremony.

2019

Emerging Designer

Dargin Fortuna, B.Arch ‘16

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Deborah Pierce ‘77

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Phil Dunn, B.Arch ‘06

Selfless Labor

Sara E. Bourque Jaquith ’10, MLA ’14

2018

Emerging Designer

Maya Bird-Murphy, M.Arch '17

Emerging Designer

Olivia Stasin, MLA '16

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Sarah Ritch, M.Arch '03

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Matthew Schiffer, B.Arch '91

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Manuel Zeitlin, B.Arch '81

Selfless Labor

Valerie Fletcher, Trustee

2017

Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award

Gerald Couto, '70

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Jill M. Rothenberg, '89

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Brandy H.M. Brooks, BDS '06

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Anahita Kianous, MLA '15

Emerging Designer

Stephen Martyak, BDS '09

Selfless Labor

Ralph Jackson, BAC Adjunct Faculty Member

2016

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Sylvia Mihich, B.Arch '89

Distinguished Alumni in Service

David Silverman, B.Arch '94

Emerging Designer

Daniel Zeese, M.Arch '15

Selfless Labor

David Jaquith, '69

To be eligible for an Alumni Award nomination, candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • Must have matriculated from the Boston Architectural College with a degree or certificate (except in the case of the Selfless Labor Award, which is open to BAC friends and volunteers).
  • Must be able to participate in the awards ceremony.
  • Cannot have previously received an award in the category for which the nomination is submitted. However, previous award winners may be nominated for a different category. Please allow more than five years to pass before nominating a candidate again for another category.
  • Current members of the Alumni Advisory Council are exempt from receiving the Alumni Award.
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