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Jul 25, 2018

Remembering Carl M. Sapers

Carl Sapers remembering

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"Carl M. Sapers died on Wednesday, July 18 after a brief illness. A Boston lawyer with a wide-ranging corporate career who specialized in working with architects, he was a partner and then managing partner at Hill and Barlow for 45 years, retiring in 2002. Among other achievements, Sapers served as Adjunct Professor of Legal Practice in Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design from 1984 to 1993 and an Adjunct Professor of Studies in Professional Practice in Architecture from 1993 to 2009.

Sapers was one of the country's pre-eminent lawyers in architecture and construction law. He was awarded the American Institute of Architects' Allied Professions Medal in 1975 for outstanding achievement in a non-design profession and taught and published widely on the subject.

Born in Boston in 1932 and educated at Harvard College and Harvard Law School, he joined the law firm of Hill and Barlow and after a leave to serve on the Massachusetts Crime Commission returned to become a partner in 1966. He traveled to the Middle East on behalf of The Architects Collaborative in connection with a project for the University of Baghdad in 1959. By the time of his AlA award, he had represented more than 50 architectural firms as general or special counsel. Among those were Hugh Stubbins and Associates, Shepley Bulfinch, Richardson & Abbott, Sert Jackson and Associates, Jung/Brannen, and PietroBelluschi. In 1968, he became general counsel to the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, a role he continued in until the early 2000s. He also served as interim counsel to the AlA, which made him an honorary member in 1988. His practice became international in scope."

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