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Carl Sapers

Carl M. Sapers is a member of the Massachusetts Board of Architectural Registration and is engaged in the arbitration of international construction disputes. A former partner at the law firm of Hill & Barlow for forty years, he is an expert on the legal aspects of design practice. Now Professor Emeritus of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, Sapers taught courses in Studies in Professional Practice in Architecture.

At Hill & Barlow, his clients included the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and more than 50 architecture and engineering firms. Sapers served as acting general counsel to the American Institute of Architects, of which he is an honorary member. He is the author of chapters in several books on legal aspects of the construction process. In 1975, he was awarded the Allied Professions Medal of the AIA. In 1991, he was awarded the Whitney North Seymour Medal of the American Arbitration Association.

Sapers was the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and served two terms as a member of the Council of the Boston Bar Association. He was a member of the board of the American Arbitration Association and of the National Building Museum. Sapers was the 1993-94 president of the American College of Construction Lawyers, and for nine years he was moderator of the Town of Brookline. He received a AB from Harvard College and a JD from Harvard Law School. In May of 2013, the BAC awarded Carl a Doctor of Design Jurisprudence in recognition of his work as a legal expert in ethical design practice.