CHELSEA, Mass., Oct. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning Boston-based architecture, preservation and master-planning firm The Architectural Team has announced that managing principal Robert J. Verrier, AIA, has been honored with a 2010 American Dream lifetime achievement award for affordable housing design and construction from Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston (HHGB).
According to Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, the American Dream Award is presented to "individuals who have made a significant impact in working to eliminate poverty housing by building affordable homes for very low-income families." Previous winners include Massachusetts U.S. Senator John Kerry and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.
The awards this year go to Verrier and Bain Capital's managing director Steve Pagliuca, co-owner of the Boston Celtics. The announcement comes as The Architectural Team prepares for its 40th anniversary celebration in 2011.
Said Lark Palermo, president and CEO of HHGB, "Homeownership is one of the main components of the American dream. For his work in providing safe and affordable housing for families, this year, we are pleased to honor Bob Verrier."
Upon learning of the honor, Verrier said, "The Architectural Team has a longstanding tradition of supporting Habitat for Humanity and the cause of providing high-quality, affordable housing ecosystems for all Americans. In our national work, we've seen the transformative effects these projects can have on neighborhoods and communities."
Since cofounding The Architectural Team in 1971, Verrier has designed more than 250 affordable-housing developments totaling 45,000 units throughout the United States. Several have become national models of high-quality, mixed-income housing to revitalize blighted areas.
During that time The Architectural Team has also quietly transformed neighborhoods in and around Boston with award-winning waterfront, commercial, institutional and historic-reuse projects, including Baker Chocolate Factory, The Metropolitan, and Whaler's Place.
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