At an event on Friday, September 16, 2022, the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (GSD) announced M. David Lee, FAIA, NCARB, NOMA, and the late Donald Stull, FAIA (in memoriam) as two of the four 2022 recipients of the GSD Alumni Council Awards. David and Don were recognized for their decades long outstanding leadership in architecture, design, and planning. This award underscores the essential role GSD alumni play in leading change around the world, within their communities and across their areas of practice.

Don was an African American pioneer in the profession having established this award-winning architecture, urban design, and planning firm in 1966. Before his death in 2020, Donald was a member of the distinguished College of Fellows of the American Institute Architects (AIA), and recipient of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) 1997 Award of Honor.

David started with the firm while still in graduate school in 1969 and became a named partner in 1983. With David at the helm as S+L’s president since 2013, the firm has continued its leadership in planning and design of multi-family housing; educational, civic and health care institutions; office buildings; transportation and manufacturing facilities. David is a fellow in the AIA, a past president of the Boston Society of Architects, and was the recipient

of BSA’s 2000 Award of Honor, among many other awards including a 2021 Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Award. In addition to being a GSD alumnus, David served as an adjunct professor for 20 years. He taught urban design studios that enabled students to address a variety of planning issues in settings ranging from complex in inner city neighborhoods to cities as distinct as Burlington, Vermont and Taipei, Taiwan.

When asked by Dean Sarah Whiting about the impact that attending the GSD had on his professional life, David noted that among the many priceless experiences, the GSD gave him, and Don was the opportunity to build extraordinary networks and interact with some of the brightest designers and thinkers in the profession.

David also acknowledged the legacy other African American architects who over 50 years ago demonstrated the courage and resolve to build important practices around the country despite considerable odds. He and Don have always been proud to be a part of that cohort.

“A Better City Recognizes 2021 Honorees of the Norman B. Levanthal Excellence in City Building Awards” —
Donald L. Stull, pioneering architect of the Ruggles MBTA station and Harriet Tubman House, dies at 83” — The Boston Globe
Designs on Boston: David Lee has made a lasting mark on the city” — Boston Business Journal 
The Big Dig: “Infratecture” — Blending Infrastructure and Architecture” — CITYWORKS

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