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Practice : Spring 2012
The B oston A rchitectural College is pleased to announce that Rudolph Bedar ’51, AIA Emeritus wa s honored with the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award for Architecture. He was nominated a nd selected to receive the award by his alumni peers for his distinguished body of work spanning 60 years in the Architecture profes sion. Rudy began his career in 1945 at the Architectura l Association School of Architec- ture in London. In 1946, he returned to the US to f urther his education, a nd from 1946–1951 he attended the BAC, then the Boston Architectural Center. Rudy earned a Beaux Arts Diploma in Architecture at L’Ecole Des Be au x Artes de Fonta inebleau and won the first prize in the Boston Society of Architects Traveling Scholarship competi- tion in 1951. He wa s a runner-up in both 1952 a nd 1953 for the Rotch Traveling Scholarship. Rudy joined the te aching sta ff a s a Studio Instructor at the BAC in 1951, a nd mentored a nd educ ated scores of de sign students over a five-year period. From 1953 to 1954, Rudy was Principal-in- Charge of the Boston office of Gruz en & Partners, N Y. In 1956, Rudy opened Beda r a nd Alpers Architects in Boston with partner Phinea s Alpers, AIA. In both 1963 and 1964, Bedar and Alpers won the National Associa- tion of Home Builders Hous e of the Yea r Award. The firm closed in 1977 when Rudy opened Bedar & Associates Architects in Needha m, MA, where he currently serves a s Principal. Throughout his 60 year c areer, Rudy has amassed an extensive breadth of experience in a ll phases of architecture as a detailer, designer, specification writer, a nd land planner. He has served as Project Architect, overseeing the de sign of historica l buildings, recreational facilities, educational facilities, space planning, and housing for low income, elderly, multi-family, mixed income, high a nd low rise. His work has been prominently featured in Life Magazine, House and Home Magazin e, a nd Remodeling Magazine. Rudy’s is a family of architects. Sons Cliff a nd Andy followed in their father’s footsteps, both earning their Master of Architecture from the BAC. Cliff was awarded the Boston Society of Architects Traveling Scholarship in 1985, exac tly 35 years a fter his father. Rudy is now 88 yea rs old, still designing a nd hand-drafting his work. He represents a n era gone by, but is appreciated by those who have expressed themselves in pen and ink or a No. 314 dra fting pencil. Thos e who know Rudy consider him a n architect’s architect. He explains that he is not a “talk- a-tect,” rather he is an articulate, imaginative c reator of design whose distinguished body of work spe ak s for itself. Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award Rudy’s distinguished body of work spans 60 years. Rudy Bedar ’51 Stephen Messinger ’11 PRACTICE 37 ALUMNI NEWS ] DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI IN PRACTICE AWARD