Seventh Bulfinch Awards
The New England Chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art is pleased to announce its Seventh Bulfinch Awards. Named for Boston architect Charles Bulfinch (1763-1844), America’s first native-born architect and the designer of the Massachusetts State House, the awards recognize the best work of individuals and firms to preserve and advance the classical tradition in New England.
The winners of the Bulfinch Awards will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and dinner gala in the Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club of Boston, designed by Parker, Thomas & Rice.
This year’s morning lecture by Matthew Bronski, P.E., also April 29, 2017, at the Algonquin Club in Boston, will be titled “In the Footsteps of Vitruvius: Design and Construction Durability Lessons Learned from the Hands-on Study of Two Thousand Years of Historic Construction.”
Mr. Bronski is an Associate Principal and the national practice leader for Preservation Technology at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. (SGH), where he has practiced for the past 21 years. Matthew has led SGH’s exterior rehabilitation design and/or assessment projects on many highly significant historic buildings, including over 10 National Historic Landmarks, and he also has served as a key investigator of building envelope and durability failures in new and recent construction. He has published over a dozen technical papers and articles on building facade and envelope issues, and has served as a guest lecturer or critic in historic preservation or architecture courses at numerous universities, including Harvard, MIT, and Yale. He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Tulane, and master’s degrees in both architecture and historic preservation from Penn. In 2009, he became only the second engineer in 113 years to receive the prestigious Rome Prize.
This year’s Keynote Lecture will be delivered April 29, 2017, at 1:00 pm at the Algonquin Club in Boston, by Duncan G. Stroik, a 2016 ICAA Ross Award winner, a practicing architect, an author, and Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame. His award-winning work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in California, the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Wisconsin, and Saint Joseph Cathedral in South Dakota.
A frequent lecturer on sacred architecture and the classical tradition, Stroik has recently written The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Mr. Stroik is an inaugural member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and founding editor of Sacred Architecture Journal. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and the Yale University School of Architecture.