October 31, 2022 HBI congratulates David Hacin, recipient of the 2022 Boston Preservation Alliance’s President’s Award
Given annually for excellence in the practice of historic preservation, the award took on additional meaning this year as it was renamed “the Susan Park Presidents Award,” in memory of the BPA’s long time president, South End resident and preservation advocate who passed away earlier this year.
In honoring David Hacin this year, the BPA and a collection of David’s colleagues and clients spoke admiringly of his talent for working with new and historic architecture with sensitivity to the context and fabric of Boston’s historic neighborhoods. Hacin + Associates work at the Whitney Hotel, 346 Congress Street in Fort Point, and his current work with the Ayer Mansion in the Back Bay were particularly noted for having achieved balance between old and new.
However, the most common themes among the compliments from colleagues and friends were David’s profound devotion to Boston’s built environment and public realm, his public spiritedness, and his collegiality and good will. His colleagues highlighted his decades of service on the Boston Civic Design Commission, his informal support of his colleagues and mentorship of young architects in his firm, and his service on boards of several local non-profit organizations.
HBI is grateful for David’s many years of service as a board member and his team’s design creativity at Roxbury’s St. James African Orthodox Church. We congratulate him on this well-deserved honor, and the Boston Preservation Alliance on the wisdom of its choice.