In Memoriam: Carl Sapers

Past NCARB legal counsel and long-time volunteer Carl Sapers, Esq., Hon. AIA, of Boston, Massachusetts, passed away in July 2018. Sapers played an instrumental role in shaping legal documents like NCARB’s original Model Rules of Conduct, Legislative Guidelines, and more.

Sapers served as NCARB’s legal counsel from 1968 to the early 2000s, working closely with NCARB’s Procedures and Documents Committee, as well as the Exam Finance and Interior Design task forces. Following his retirement in 2002, Sapers went on to serve on the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Architects from 2012-2017. During this time, he also served on NCARB’s Ethics Task Force, where he joined efforts refresh the Model Rules of Conduct he’d helped create in 1977.

Throughout his career, Sapers remained dedicated to the architecture profession, representing over 50 architecture firms and counseling the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He also taught classes at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, focusing on professional practice and the intersection of law and building design.

A graduate of Harvard Law School, Sapers worked for the law firm Hill and Barlow for 45 years, eventually becoming a managing partner. He was awarded the AIA Allied Professionals Medal in 1975 and the NCARB President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in 1998 for his contributions to the profession.