Co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board (AAB), this program recognizes excellence in the design of buildings or facilities that are accessible for persons of all abilities. Successful projects include the integration of accessibility requirements and exceed the legal requirements with features that anticipate diverse user needs and benefits.
The 2011 Jury
Leila Gonzalez, architecture student, Massachusetts College of Art
Brian Gregory, architecture student, Northeastern University
Donald Lang AIA, Donald Lang Architects and Chairman of the Architectural Access Board
Deborah A. Pierce AIA, Pierce Lamb Architects
Ryan Schicker, architecture student, Wentworth Institute of Technology
Mark Trivett, Easton Building Inspector and Architectural Access Board Member
Creative solutions are sought that include effective accessibility as part of well-designed, responsive architecture in these categories:
In private residences, public and commercial buildings, entries may be for entire facilities or site-specific solutions. Project types might include exteriors (ramps, signage, campuses, landscape); interiors (entries, bathrooms, hardware, lifts, details); or buildings. Entries will be judged in part on effectiveness in integrating the specific access solution into the overall project design.
The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, functional, social, sustainable, as well as accessible and other characteristics.
This program is open to everyone—designers, building officials, citizens, community groups, building owners and public agencies. Projects and solutions must be located in Massachusetts. Associate AIA members and other unlicensed designers may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2006, and before April 15, 2011.
Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible.
The nonrefundable entry fee for the first submission is $50 for Massachusetts AIA members and $100 for all others. The fee for each additional submission by the same architect or firm is $30 for Massachusetts AIA members and $60 for all others. (There is no limit on submissions.) Checks should be made payable to Boston Society of Architects.
Complete this entry form, and mail it with your entry fee and design materials to:
Accessible Design Awards, The Architects Building, 52 Broad Street, Boston, MA 02109
All submissions are due by 4:00 pm on April 15, 2011. Conceal references to the architecture firm on all materials submitted for the jury’s review.
Mailed entries must be in an 8.5" × 11" portfolio that includes:
Project description requirements (one page, typed)