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Practice : Fall 2008
ALUMNI NEWS ] HONORARY DEGREE RECIPIENTS Sarah "Sally" Harkness Doctor of Fine Arts Sarah "Sally" Harkness is the model for modern architecture that is thoroughly contemporary. In her design career, Sally has always taken a world view of her profession. She is a humanist who considers the whole person in designing for clients and understanding their needs. She has a kind nature that makes her a natural role model and mentor. rough her work, her mentorship, and her giving personality, Sally's inspirational career serves as a beacon to women who wish to follow in her footsteps. She was a founder, in , of the Architects' Collaborative (TAC)--- a groundbreaking organization that created an entirely new vocabulary around the way that architectural rms organized their work and design concepts. She still ser ves as Principal Emeritus of TAC and her stature in the architecture world led her to a term as President of the Boston Society of Architects in . Her quality work and eye for design is rivaled only by her progressive thinking and social commitment. Sally is of the generation of architects that should be credited with helping Boston's architecture community evolve into a new era of collegiality and public responsibility. Melvin H. King Doctor of Community Service Mel King has been Boston's most consistent advocate for the rights of those in need over the past years. From his days leading a ordable housing demonstrations on the South End's Tent City site, to his years in the State Legislature speaking out for the rights of people of color and those in economic need, to his support of initiatives for immigrants, young children, the elderly, those incarcerated, and mostly those lacking a public voice or advocacy, Mel King has been our most important and long-lasting voice for community empower- ment. As an educator at M.I.T., as Mayor candidate, in his home on Sunday mornings for sh breakfasts, or early in the morning on the South End's tennis courts, Mel has gathered and educated, many of Boston's current leaders, encouraging them to learn from one another and to challenge themselves to be better at ser ving those most in need. Boston would be an impoverished place today without Mel's leadership, and all our citizens are far richer and better served today because of the work Mel has done, and the values of service he has inculcated in us all. Robert Scagliotti, '69 Doctor of Collaborative Practice Bob Scagliotti has served in many roles as a member of the BAC community---alum, faculty member, and most recently, as a generous benefactor. He has set a new standard for philanthropy at the BAC, raising the bar to better serve our students. Bob graduated from the BAC in with a certi cate in architecture and later received a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After a successful career that he credits to his BAC experience, Bob decided that it was time to give back to an institution that had served him so faithfully and so well. His collaborative spirit and sense of teamwork enabled him, over the years, to meet his clients' needs and produce consistently excellent results. Bob sums up the important lessons that he learned at the BAC this way "Study and work hard, don't be afraid to admit mistakes, provide complete ser vice to your employer and your clients, and learn from all your experiences." Hugh Shepley Doctor of Architecture Hugh is a scion of the world- respected Boston architectural design profession. He presided at Shepley Bul nch, one of Boston's most revered rms, during a period of great change in the design professions, and has been active in both local and national design leadership. Many of us know Hugh as the classic New England leader, quietly rm but gentle, with both a personal reserve and a compassion for others that mark him as a man who leads with self-assurance and con dence. Hugh and Shepley Bul nch have nurtured the growth and develop- ment of many other great designers and design rms through mentorship and outstanding work, and the rm has produced distinguished and client-based hospitals, schools, and colleges across America. Hugh has supported the BAC's commitment to providing access to an excellent design education for many years, and the BAC honors him today for all he has given to the BAC, and to the profession, through more than a half century of service and leadership. PRACTICE 53