Rhode Island Architect Mark Saccoccio, AIA, Receives NCARB President's Medal for Distinguished Service

Washington, DC—National Council of Architectural Registration Boards’ President Robert E. Luke, AIA, (2006- 2007) recently awarded the President's Medal for Distinguished Service to Mark Saccoccio, AIA, of Cranston, RI, in recognition of his significant contribution to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare through his service to NCARB and to the practice of architecture.

Saccoccio’s contributions to NCARB include serving on the Carnegie/Boyer Task Force and the Internship Implementation Task Force, two groups that moved the Council closer to its objective to better integrate architectural practitioners and their academic counterparts as a means to strengthen the profession. Saccoccio also served on NCARB’s Committee on Procedures and Documents and the Electronic Technology Task Force, which he chaired in Fiscal Year 1998.

As a two-term member and former chair of the Rhode Island Board of Examination and Registration of Architects, Saccoccio devoted a decade to learning about and shaping the regulatory issues that define the architect profession. On the regional level, Saccoccio was elected secretary/treasurer for the New England Council of Architectural Registration Boards for three consecutive years. He also served as chair of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) team that assessed curricula at Louisiana Tech University, and was a member of the NAAB teams
that assessed Lawrence Technological University, Columbia University, University of Texas at Austin, and Illinois Institute of Technology.

Saccoccio was honored during NCARB's 88th Annual Meeting and Conference, held last month in Denver, CO. The President's Medal awards program was established in 1994 to recognize those individuals who dedicate part of their careers, energy, and wisdom to benefit the work of NCARB, the public, and the architectural profession. Saccoccio’s father, Sal Saccoccio, was a recipient of the President’s Medal in 1995.

A Cum Laude graduate of Rogers Williams University, Saccoccio received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1983 and Bachelor of Arts in 1982. He holds the NCARB Certificate for national reciprocity and is registered to practice in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.

In addition to his ongoing service to NCARB, Saccoccio is president of AIA Rhode Island. He also remains active in his award-winning Cranston-based firm, Saccoccio & Associates, where he recently completed a pre-K through12 special needs school which has garnered much attention.

Among his community-related work, Saccoccio is active in the Cranston Rotary Club, the Providence YMCA, the Cranston Historical Society, and the Providence Art Club. He resides in Smithfield, RI, where he enjoys golf and boating in his free time.