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Jun 15, 2022

Remembering Michael Hicks AIA Emeritus

David hicks orleans ma obituary

David Michael Hicks, known as Michael, died from Lewy Body Dementia at the age of 77 on June 6 at Harbor Point, a memory care community in Barnstable. Michael was President of the BSA from 2000 to 2001.

He was an extraordinary human being, a consummate professional and a loving husband, father and grandfather. Michael lived a great life, and one that he had carefully chosen and cultivated.

Born in Maine, Michael grew up in Natick and attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Building Sciences and a Bachelor of Architecture. Upon graduation he entered Peace Corps training in Fort Lupton, CO where he met a fellow volunteer, Betsy. They served in Afghanistan and upon their return settled in the Boston area, beginning their married life of 52 years together.

After receiving a Master in Architecture from Harvard University, Michael worked for several architectural firms before becoming a cofounder of a firm, currently known as DHK. Later in his career he moved to Weston and Sampson to establish a Facilities Architecture division. Michael served as the President of the Boston Society for Architecture. Under his vision and leadership, the BSA developed what became a national model for creating effective and sustainable coalitions among the diverse players in the building community.

To read the full obituary, please visit Michael Hicks in the Cape Cod Times.

Read Michael's own reflections on his presidency and career from 2017.