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Alumnus creates special initiatives fund at School of Architecture

Patrick AhernPatrick Ahearn ’73, a graduate of the Syracuse University School of Architecture and member of the school’s advisory board, recently made a gift to 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 to help raise the profile of the school nationally and worldwide.

“We are extremely grateful to Patrick, one of our most supportive alumni and donors,” Speaks says. “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.”

This past 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 practicing at the highest levels of the architecture discipline. Previously, Ahearn established the Patrick J. Ahearn Scholarship Endowed Fund at the School of Architecture, awarded each year to an architecture student with preference given to those from Levittown, New York, or Boston, Massachusetts. Ahearn also serves on the Boston Regional Council, which is made up of Syracuse University alumni and parents dedicated to raising the University’s profile 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’s 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.