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Elizabeth Padjen FAIA (2001)


Elizabeth Padjen FAIA is the founding editor of ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly magazine published by the Boston Society for Architecture. From 2003–2005, she was also the consulting curator of architecture and design at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Previously a practicing architect and firm principal for more than 15 years, she is a nationally recognized writer and speaker. A past president of the BSA, Ms. Padjen has also served as the chair of the BSA Foundation.

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Elizabeth Padjen FAIA
Women in Design Award of Excellence, 2001 winner

"All BSA presidents recognize the great honor of serving such an extraordinary institution. I have always enjoyed the company of architects—their optimism, idealism, and collegiality, their expansive thinking. My ties to the organization, having attended meetings as a teenager with my father, Oscar Padjen AIA, sometimes make me feel like a lifelong BSA member. But it was my year as president that made me appreciate other qualities shared by BSA members and staff alike: resilience, respect, compassion and, especially, humor. It was the best of times."

—Elizabeth Padjen FAIA, from A Tale of a Polar Presidency