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An Update from Chair Peter Kuttner FAIA

BSA Fellows Update June 2015

BSA Fellows Committee and Communication
If you are not aware, there is a BSA Fellows Committee (Tony Tappe, FAIA, Chuck Redmon, FAIA, Hubert Murray, FAIA, Larry Chan, FAIA, Elizabeth Padjen, FAIA, Jane Weinzapfel, FAIA, Carol Burns FAIA, Keith Moskow FAIA, and Peter Kuttner, FAIA) who meet to plan our Fellows activities. We gathered last week and discussed a renewed commitment to providing all the BSA Fellows with better communication about our efforts. We will start with this email and continue with more updates through the course of the year.
Thanks to Tony Tappé
Tony Tappé FAIA started this committee 30 years ago, shortly after finishing as BSA President in the 80’s, and has steered it all these years. We owe him a great round of thanks, not the least of which for 30 years of annual dinners that give us a chance to see each other and stay connected. Peter Kuttner will now take over from Tony … but Tony will stay on the Committee!
New Fellows

Rob Chandler FAIA, Franziska Amacher FAIA, Cliff Gayley FAIA, Marc Margulies FAIA and Patrick Ahearn FAIA, Sheila Kennedy FAIA, Charles Rose FAIA and Bob Schaeffner FAIA have recently been elevated to Fellowship. If you missed it, they were praised at our annual BSA Fellows meeting in April, briefed at our new Second Annual New Fellows Breakfast, and elevated at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta in May. It was a great ceremony. If you want to know more about our new Fellows, the BSA has profiles for each at:
Annual BSA Fellows Dinner 2015
Again, for those who couldn’t attend, we held our annual BSA Fellows Dinner April 30th, and had a terrific event. For the second year now it was held at the St. Botolph Club, which has become our new home.
We heard from the current BSA President Tim Love AIA regarding this coming year in year in Boston. Tim discussed working with the new Governor, the new Mayor, and a new BRA, and our potential roles in issues like the growing waterfront development.
After dinner, Mike Davis FAIA explained the creation of the new BSA Foundation, the new incarnation of the old BFA (Boston Architectural Foundation). Mike explained its expanded work in public outreach through grants, programs, lectures, and exhibitions in the new BSA Space.
The highlight was a presentation by Hashim Sarkis, the new dean of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning. Hashim is a prominent scholar of architecture and urbanism and a leading expert on design in the Middle East. He was previously the Aga Khan Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urbanism in Muslim Societies at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Hashim challenged us to get involved and take a stand as Fellows in the many changes in Boston. If you are interested, you can email the BSA for a copy of his talk.

Next Year’s Annual Dinner 2016
We apparently have 137± Fellows in the BSA, and had 62 people at this year’s dinner. We would love to see more of you all, and think this past year we didn’t get the date settled until somewhat late. Because we need to precede the AIA Convention, it was unusually early this year. Next year the AIA Convention will be early again, on May 19-21 in Philadelphia, so our dinner date will be roughly the same again. This year our committee will meet in September and send everyone a “save the date” with much more advance warning.

We hope to see more of you all in the coming year.