Architect and Innovator Robert J. Verrier, FAIA (1940 – 2021)
Many of you know the prominent Boston-area architect Robert J. Verrier, FAIA, NCARB, known for his pioneering work in historic preservation and adaptive reuse. Verrier died on August 24th at age 81.
A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Bob Verrier made a significant impact in reviving dozens of mill buildings, schools, and wharf structures for new life as housing and other community assets. The founder of Chelsea, Massachusetts-based firm The Architectural Team (TAT), Verrier is also remembered for his support of community and charitable groups, his devotion to family, and his mentorship of young architects.
The following statements are excerpted from an obituary prepared by Verrier’s family, the full text of which can be read here:
“Verrier was an exemplary leader, an architectural visionary, and an inspiring mentor. He made a profound difference in the architectural industry, in communities across New England, and in the lives of countless individuals. Verrier inspired generations of architects with a steadfast belief in the potential of architecture to engender civic pride, revive local economies, and transform communities.
“Verrier’s love of old buildings and his passion for the preservation of historic fabric, overlapped with his devotion to the mission of creating quality affordable, safe, and attractive housing for those in most need.
“In his early 30’s, Verrier had begun exploring how architecture practice and adaptive reuse techniques could be a way to restore local landmarks for the benefit of varied communities. Through professional leadership, Verrier promoted the safeguarding and use of our nation’s architectural historic buildings as a civic touchtone, a key to urban revitalization, and a living record of shared history.
“Over Verrier’s career, he dedicated his practice to creating positive change by pursuing forward-looking design solutions to make cities more livable, resilient, and sustainable. Among his most notable works are housing conversions for such projects as the Voke Lofts in Worcester, MA, Loft Five50 in Lawrence, MA, and the Livingston Middle School near Albany, NY.
“Verrier’s entrepreneurial spirit, dedication to helping others, and commitment to positive transformation will be carried on by his children, grandchildren, and the extended TAT family.”