Wilson Butler Architects Founders Honored for a Legacy of Achievement in the Visual Arts


Boston – The Boston Arts Academy Foundation will honor Scott Wilson, AIA and Scott Butler, AIA, founders of the international arts and entertainment design firm Wilson Butler Architects, during the annual BAA Honors celebration on Saturday, May 1, 2021.

The pair is among seven individuals to be honored during the Foundation’s signature annual event to support Boston Arts Academy (BAA), the city’s only public high school for the visual and performing arts.

“Scott Wilson and Scott Butler are known for their creativity and ingenuity in balancing the art and science of architecture to push the boundaries of what is possible,” said Boston Arts Academy Foundation President Denella Clark. “We are proud to honor them at BAA Honors as we celebrate the countless accomplishments of our honorees, students, alumni and teachers, who, combined, uplift the soul of our community. Their role in designing the new Boston Arts Academy will transform the BAA student experience for generations to come.”

Wilson Butler Architects in collaboration with the Boston office of Perkins Eastman are designing the new five-story,154,000 square-foot Boston Arts Academy in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. The new LEED Gold performing arts high school will include Boston’s only teaching and fully accessible 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat black box theater, and a multipurpose recital hall accommodating up to 60 performers and 100 audience members.

“This recognition is much appreciated by the two of us – and everyone working on our BAA design team,” stated honorees Scott Wilson and Scott Butler. “The students and teachers of Boston Arts Academy truly deserve this inspired, purpose-built arts building. Its opening next year will begin the long-awaited new chapter in academic and artistic excellence for this and future generations of BAA students.”

Other BAA honorees include Eve S. Rounds, dance advocate and champion of the arts; Ruth Carter, Academy Award winning film and television costume designer; David Ortiz, legendary Boston Red Sox player and Fox Sports MLB commentator; Steve Samuels, chairman and principal of real estate development firm Samuels & Associates; and Ernie Boch Jr., CEO and president of Boch Enterprises.

The hybrid virtual/in-person event will broadcast live on Saturday, May 1 on NECN and NBC10 Boston.