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BAC Alumni Awards

2022 BAC Alumni Awards: 20 years celebrating BAC Alumni and Community

For the past two decades, the BAC Alumni Awards have recognized individuals whose exemplary accomplishments, service, and commitment have brought credit to their communities, their professions, and to the Boston Architectural College. The BAC Alumni Advisory Council is proud to present these awards to a select group of alumni and dedicated volunteers each year at the BAC Alumni Awards ceremony.

The 20th Annual BAC Alumni Awards ceremony will be held on December 8, 2022, and have both in-person and virtual attendance options!

Nominations closed Friday, September 30, 2022.

Alumni Awards Categories

We invite our community and supporters to nominate BAC alumni and friends who embody characteristics in the following categories:

Award Nominations Guidelines

Please note the following criteria when casting your nominations:

  • 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 on December 8, 2022.
  • Previous award winners may be nominated for a different category if more than five years have passed since their last award.
  • Cannot have previously received an award in the same category for which the nomination is submitted.
  • Current members of the Alumni Advisory Council are exempt from receiving an award.

If you have questions or would like a hard copy of the nomination form, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at alumni@the-bac.edu.

Emerging Designer

Given to a recent graduate (2017 to 2022) 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.

I was provided the opportunity to learn and grow with a diverse group of students from different cultural backgrounds all offering their unique and valuable perspectives for our industry.
Prasanna Lachagari, M.Arch’20

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

This year, we will award a Distinguished Alumni in Practice from each of the following areas: Architecture, Design Studies, Interior Architecture, and Landscape Architecture.

Given to a BAC alum 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 their recognized BAC area of study for a substantial period and have mentored younger members of the design community.

To all aspiring architecture and design students - keep dreaming big and working to achieve your goals. You are an inspiration to all of us.
Adrienn Ott, M.Arch’11

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Given to a BAC alum 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.

When I think of architects in service, there are so many of us doing great work. Some architects serve their community by volunteering on local boards and committees, while others teach and inspire the next generation… If there is even just one person out there that is affected by what you have to share, that can be very rewarding, and I encourage you to do so.
Christopher J. Novelli, AIA, NCARB, M.Arch’09

Selfless Labor

Given to a volunteer in the BAC community who has worked tirelessly to advance the College's mission. The individual embodies the spirit and ideals of the institution and demonstrates exceptional volunteer leadership in support of the College. This is the only award that does not have to be given to a BAC alum. 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.

Accessibility and diversity are two things that higher education is not traditionally known for. Much of the work we study and that you experience is designed by a small cross section of people, and we are hoping to change that.
Joseph R. Porter, AIA, NCARB, M.Arch’16

BAC Alumni Awards Past Winners

Emerging Designer

Prasanna Lachagari, M.Arch’20

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Christopher J. Novelli, AIA, NCARB, M.Arch’09

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Adrienne Ott, M.Arch’11

Selfless Labor

Joseph R. Porter, AIA, NCARB, M.Arch’16

Click here to watch the 2021 Alumni Awards Ceremony.

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.

Emerging Designer

Darguin Fortuna, B.Arch’16

Distinguished Alumni in Service

Deborah Pierce, ’77

Distinguished Alumni in Practice

Phil Dunn, B.Arch’06

Selfless Labor

Sara Bourque, ’10, MLA’14

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

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

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

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