The inaugural inductees into the 2007 New England Design Hall of Fame were announced Tuesday at an unveiling ceremony held in the courtyard of the Boston Design Center.
The New England Design Hall of Fame honors residential architects and interior designers whose work is of the highest caliber and who have made a significant contribution to the design field in New England. The Hall of Fame will have a permanent "Living Legacy" at the Boston Design Center.
This year's inductees are:
Mr. Richard Bertman, FAIA. Mr. Bertman is a Co-Founder of CBT Architects, who have designed some of the areas most beautiful academic buildings, including the recent South Shore Conservatory addition in Hingham, MA. I'm a regular volunteer of the Conservatory and newly appointed to the Board of Overseers and having been in this building - and even decorated it for special events - I can attest to its beauty and functionality.
Mr. Lee Bierly, ASID and Mr. Christopher Drake, ASID Principals Bierly-Drake Interior Design.
Ms. Celeste Cooper, ASID. Former design consultant for Repertoire, currently consulting with The Orpin Group and 1100 Architect in New York. Ms. Cooper has done many beautiful hotels and restaurants in Boston. One of my favorites is:
Mr. Jeremiah Eck, FAIA - principal of Eck|McNeely Architects, Inc. Mr. Eck has one of "those names" - everyone who pays even the scantest attention to local architecture and design know of him. Check out their website - particularly for their residential projects that so perfectly integrate into their environments.
Mr. Richard FitzGerald - R. FitzGerald & Company, Inc. was founded 45 years ago and specializes in residential interior design. With associate, Michael J. Lee, the firm has had the opportunity to work on many special projects: a Georgian Revival residence, a Mizner Spanish house in Palm Beach, an Art Deco apartment in New York, and Beacon Hill townhouses. Images of Mr. FitzGerald's work aren't readily available - but if I find one, I'll post it!
Mr. Graham Gund, FAIA - architect, art collector and philanthropist
Dan Kaplan, editor and publisher of New England Home Magazine, called the inductees "a who's who of the legends of design in New England."
Inductees into the 2007 New England Design Hall of Fame were selected by a committee of individuals from the New England design community, including representatives from the Boston Design Center, Boston Architectural College, Boston Society of Architects and New England Home's editorial staff.
The inductees will be formally honored at a gala dinner on November 7, 2007 at the State Room in downtown Boston, the city's preeminent event venue. A portion of ticket proceeds will benefit a New England Design Hall of Fame design scholarship fund to be established at the Boston Architectural College (where I studied design!).
Congratulations to all!