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Practice : Winter 2009
build boston alumni Reception The Alumni Association welcomed visitors from the AIA and presented the 2008 Distinguished Alumni in Prac tice Awards. It was an exciting night at the Alumni Reception at Build Boston in November, as more than 170 alumni and friends of the BAC gathered to rene w old a cquaintance s and celebrate their success. This event is traditionally one of the yea r’s highlights for BAC alumni, a nd they were not disappointed. BAC President Ted Landsmark opened the reception by welcoming special guests AIA President Marshall E. Purnell FAIA and AIA Executive Director Christine McEntee. Ma rshall was met with rousing applause and gave warm thanks to the members of the BAC community, reca lling the special reception held at the College in his honor, as he assumed office as the first African- American President during last summer’s AIA Convention We the People, hosted by the Boston Society of Architects. He c ongratulated the alumni for their accom- plishments a nd urged them to continue their efforts on behalf of the BAC. BAC Overseers Diane Georgopulos FAIA, Peter Kuttner FAIA, and Zibby Ericson FAIA (who flew in to attend) were all present to greet Marshall, and BAC friends and colleagues. The much-a nticipated 2008 Distinguished Alumni in Practice awards were presented by Bernie Goba a nd newly elected Alumni Association President David Silverma n ’94 B.Arch, AIA. The Distinguished Alumni in Practice for Architecture was awarded to Allen Lieb ’70 (BAC), AIA, Principal of Allen M. Lieb Architects in Saugus. Allen has been in practice since 1980 and has worked exten sively in the public sector, including town hall s, court houses, police a nd fire stations , education al facilities, public works facilities and historic restoration projects. Ac c ording to B ernie Goba , “Allen Lieb has taught at the BAC and received numerous awa rds. He ha s employed BAC students over the life of his firm, a nd his work has brought a higher standard to public sector work, bringing credit to his firm and to the BAC.” Ta niya Nayak ’03 MID, re ceived the Distinguished Alumni in Practice Award for Interior Design. Ms. Nayak currently hosts “FreeStyle,” on HGTV, a program that educ ate s and inspires homeowners to cre ate imaginative design with existing items in their homes. She is also on the design team of HGTV’s Wa shington, D.C . edition of the popul ar show “De signed to Sell.” She is President and Founder of the firm Design Digs, where she adds a fresh clean look to both commercial and residential spaces. Her list of clients include s celebrities Je ss e Metcalfe of “Desperate House wive s,” Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Erik Per Sullivan of “Malcolm in the Middle” a nd Tyler Christopher of “Genera l Hospital.” Taniya's designs can be seen in severa l Boston hotspots including Felt, Ba rLola Restaurant, Zita and Vina lia. In presenting the award to Ta niya , Bernie sa id, “We are proud of your ser vice to your profe ssion, your outreach to people, your audience impact on a n ational stage, which reflects the myriad of talents you bring to the design profession, a nd for your creativity, influence and numerous accomplishments.” alUmNI NEWS ] bUIlD bOSTON alUmNI REcEpTION allen lieb Taniya Nayak pRacTIcE 46