When James T. Spencer, director of the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble (SUBE), turned to accept the applause at the 2018 Great American Brass Band Festival (GABBF) in Danville, Kentucky, he joked to himself, “Now what do we do for an…
Gift Creates Special Initiatives Fund at School of Architecture
Patrick Ahearn ’73, a School of Architecture graduate and member of the school’s advisory board, recently made a gift to the School of Architecture that will create the Ahearn Special Initiatives Fund. The fund will support key activities in critical areas and assist Dean Michael Speaks in developing special projects and events that will help raise the profile of the school both nationally and worldwide.
“We are extremely grateful to Patrick, one of our most supportive alumni and donors,” says Speaks. “His generous gift helps to ensure that resources are available to our students and faculty as we maintain and expand our state-of-the-art facilities, as well as new and innovative programming at the school.”
Last fall, Ahearn was named the Dean’s Outstanding Alumnus, an award given by the School of Architecture annually to a graduate who has exhibited dedication to the school while also practicing at the highest levels of the architecture discipline.
Previously, Ahearn established the Patrick J. Ahearn Scholarship Endowed Fund at the School of Architecture, given each year to an architecture student, with preference given to those from Levittown, N.Y., or Boston, Mass. Ahearn also serves on the Syracuse University Boston Regional Council, which is made up of University alumni and parents dedicated to raising the profile of the school within the region.
Ahearn is the founding principal of Patrick Ahearn Architect. His firm specializes in historically motivated architecture and interior design. Over the past 38 years, he has designed and built residential projects distinguished by finely crafted and detailed work spanning classic styles of architecture from city town houses to island homes. Ahearn was inducted into the New England Design Hall of Fame in November 2013.