Boston civic leader Tom Keane starts Monday, July 27, as the new executive director of the Boston Society of Architects (BSA), the nation’s largest chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
Keane, an attorney, comes to the BSA with a diverse background. He launched and held senior management positions in several business sectors, was a general partner in Murphy & Partners (a New York-based private-equity firm) and a regular columnist for the Boston Herald and Boston Globe Magazine. During his six-year tenure as city councilor from 1994 through 1999, Keane focused significantly on matters of design, architecture, development, and preservation and on the ways in which they fundamentally affect communities and individuals.
His commitment to these issues led the BSA to invite Keane to serve as a public director on the BSA’s board of directors from 2000 through 2004. At the end of his term, Keane was made an honorary BSA member. Keane also served on the editorial board of ArchitectureBoston, the BSA’s ideas magazine, and currently serves as a trustee of the Boston Foundation for Architecture, a nonprofit agency created by the BSA to support educational programs related to the built environment.
Keane succeeds Richard Fitzgerald, who held the position for 24 years before retiring at the end of December.
“The BSA has been and remains in a singular position to make a profound impact on the lives of those who live in the Boston metro area,” says Keane. “It is hard to imagine any issue, including education, healthcare, transportation, housing, crime, energy consumption, and environmental protection — that is not considerably influenced by the built environment.”