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Thanks to those of you who sent an alumni news update to us after seeing the new digital CFA Magazine. Although we know that many of you send your news directly to the academic program from which you graduated, we would love for you to fill out our alumni contact form so we can help to let your classmates know what you’ve been doing.

Here are a few that came through last time!

Michael Kostow, Lena Dau-Ping Fan, and Gary Li.

School of Architecture alumnus Gary Li (2017) was promoted to principal from associate architect at Kostow Greenwood Architects (KGA) in September 2023. Li was one of two new principals named, and the move establishes equity ownership for both across the leadership team as they expand their practice, building on core proficiencies and successes.

Li joined Founding Principal Michael Kostow and colleague Lena Dau-Ping Fan, the latter of whom also was named principal for the promotion announcement.

“Lena and Gary step into their new roles prepared to continue the evolution and growth of our firm,” Kostow said. “They have proven themselves as architects and as leaders and, together, we’re shaping and creating a business to meet our clients’ evolving aspirations and to expand on our successes.”

Fan and Li each have considerable tenure with the firm and have expanded their responsibilities with proven successes. Li is a member of AIA and is a LEED Green Associate, NCARB. He joined KGA in 2017. He is a juror for the international WAN Awards and a volunteer on NCARB’s Examination Committee. His recent speaking engagements include being invited to present the James Earl Jones Theatre Annex project at the League of Historic American Theatres National Conference in Kansas City. Li resides in Brooklyn.

Image: (from left to right) Michael Kostow, Lena Dau-Ping Fan, Gary Li. The principals, equity partners and leadership team at KGA. Photo credit: Jeremiah Hadi Go.

School of Art alumna Shana Moulton (2004) will present a site-specific installation at the Museum of Modern Art from February 17 through April 21. The installation, titled "Meta/Physical Therapy," employs the artist’s signature blend of spiritual imagery, medical technology, popular culture and references to high art and dollar-store kitsch.

Representative image of the mural.

BXA alumnus Stefan Romero (2019) is the artistic director of “America's Tapestry,” an exhibition celebrating America's 250th Anniversary in 2026. Composed of 13 embroidered panels, this modern interpretation of the Bayeux Tapestry visually narrates stories from America’s 13 colonies.

Each panel depicts a figure from a historically underrepresented group in each colony who displayed an act of courage or ingenuity during the creation of our country, according to Romero.

“The panels will be designed by me in collaboration with historical organizations representing each of the original 13 colonies,” he said. “The execution of the embroidery will be completed by needleworkers within each state from 2025 to 2026. An appropriate gallery space will be designated to house the completed tapestry in 2026.”

Image: representative of what the mural may entail; it was used to help secure funding for the exhibition.

Watercolor: Sky Prism.

School of Art alumna EvaLu (Damianos) Spears (1957) exhibited her watercolors in the PWS Aqueous Open 2023 International, an online exhibition that appeared Oct. 7-Nov. 30, 2023.

Image: Spears shared a watercolor that was part of the exhibition, titled “Sky Prism."

School of Architecture alumnus Donald Tellalian (1959) retired after many years of practice in the Northeast.

“Many of my projects were with Tellalian Associates Architects & Planners, LLC, Boston,” he said. “I do continue to be involved with Parcel 13 on the Rose Kennedy Greenway that runs through downtown Boston. Until very recently, I served for 15 years on the Newton Historical Commission.”

Tellalian and his wife, Barbara, share time with their two children and eight grandchildren, who all live near the couple. He noted that “we are both healthy and hope the country and the world manages to settle down in peace and community.”

Find out what alumni are doing across the School of Architecture, School of Art, School of Design, School of Drama, School of Music and BXA Intercollege Degree Programs.

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