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An Update from Chair Peter Kuttner FAIA – June 2017

BSA College of Fellows Update—June 2017 

Demystifying Fellowship
On Tuesday, June 6, we met with the newly nominated potential Fellows for the meeting which used to be called “Demystifying Fellowship.” We are now calling it “Pathway to Fellowship.” Recent Fellows Josiah Stevenson FAIA and Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA joined to give attendees the full range of experience. It looks like we have a great potential new group, and, as usual, we also encourage those nominated in the past to submit again. If you have friends and peers who have not submitted, or withdrew after one submission, please encourage them to try again.

Annual BSA Fellows Dinner
We had another great evening at the St. Botolph’s Club on Thursday, April 13 for our annual dinner. We were brought up to date by reports from 2017 BSA President Josiah Stevenson FAIA on chapter activities and goals, and BSA Foundation Chair Laura Wernick FAIA filled us in on the continuing changes in the newly repositioned Foundation. I briefed folks on the things going on with the College nationally.

As it turned out, we were meeting on Thomas Jefferson’s birthday, and Boston has a remarkable number of AIA Jefferson Award winners for public service. To recognize this, Elizabeth Padjen FAIA and Jane Weinzapfel FAIA invited past Jefferson winner US District Judge Douglas P. Woodlock to speak with us. Judge Woodlock was a strong champion for excellence in design on the Moakley Federal Courthouse, as the client with Pei Cobb Freed, and treated us to his observations on design.

Our featured speaker was Dante Ramos, editor of the Boston Globe “Ideas” section. Dante was previously deputy editorial page editor, and continues to write a regular opinion column. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2014 for editorials on “how a buttoned-down culture limits Boston’s vitality,” which relates to architectural design in Boston. Dante expanded on his theme for us, particularly as it relates to infrastructure and transportation, with a fascinating talk: “Learned Helplessness in Boston—When did everybody around here get so timid?” Questions and opinions went far into the evening.

BAC Award from the BSA COF
The BSA College of Fellows (COF) gives out the Boston Architectural College (BAC) Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching each year to members of the BAC faculty for exceptional service to the College. The recipients of the 2016-17 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching are Paul Herbert AIA and Imran Khan AIA. Each have made extraordinary contributions to the development of their individual students and their faculty colleagues. BAC President (and BSA Fellows Committee member) Glen LeRoy FAIA and I were fortunate to be able to give them their awards during commencement on Friday, May 19 at the venerable Old South Church, after the BAC’s traditional rousing march down Newbury Street.

Latrobe Prize
The Latrobe Prize is the College’s important biennial $100,000 grant to support architectural research. This year it came home to New England and to Northeastern University’s School of Architecture and their Resilient Cities Laboratory. Their winning proposal is for a study they are calling “Future-Use Architecture.” The researchers include active BSA member Peter Wiederspahn AIA, associate professor of architecture, and principal of Wiederspahn Architecture; Michelle Laboy PE, assistant professor of architecture and co-founder of FieLDworkshop and BSA Board design school representative David Fannon AIA, ASHARE, LEED AP BD+C, assistant professor of architecture and of civil and environmental engineering.

A’17—the Convention in Orlando
This year the Convention (now called Conference on Architecture) was held in Orlando, Florida, and had a series of Fellows events. The golf outing fundraiser was hosted by the Grand Cypress Resort, the New Fellows Party was held at the Club 3Nine, the COF Annual Business Meeting was at Signature2, and the Convocation Dinner was at the Hyatt Regency. It was a very full schedule of events.

The 2017 Investiture was at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, a wonderful venue recently designed by Barton Myers Architects (Barton Myers FAIA) with HKS Architects. The BSA celebrated the investiture of Michael Epp FAIA, Jocelyn Lum Frederick FAIA, Mark Johnson FAIA, Thomas Kearns FAIA, Philip Laird FAIA, Timothy Love FAIA, and Bhagchand D. Nayak FAIA. From AIA New England we also had the Connecticut contingent with F. Michael Ayles FAIA, Richard Connell FAIA, Duo Dickinson FAIA, Anthony Markese FAIA, and Joeb Moore FAIA, and Vermont brought William Maclay FAIA and David Sellers FAIA.

College of Fellows Regional Representatives Breakfast
The Fellows Regional Representatives met as a group for a breakfast business meeting, and were joined by the several representatives of the Young Architects Forum (YAF) Board and the YAF Regional Reps. We had a good conversation across generations. It is clear that one of the joint concerns we have regarding effective mentoring opportunities still needs ideas and effort.

New AIA College of Fellows Regional Representative for AIA New England
We’re happy to announce that Nancy Ludwig FAIA of ICON Architecture has agreed to be the new College of Fellows Regional Representative for AIA New England, joining Glenn Gregg FAIA from Connecticut. She is also a current member of the BSA Fellows Committee.

2018 AIA Conference on Architecture
Next year the AIA Conference on Architecture (A’18) will be closer to home, in New York City. It will be held later in the year, June 21–23, and convene at the Javitz Center.