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Honor Awards for Design Excellence

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2017
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Past Awardees

Tozzer Anthropology Building designed by Kennedy & Violich ArchitectureIsland Residence designed by Peter Rose + PartnersClaire T. Carney Library designed by designLAB architects with Austin Architects. Photo by Jonathan HillyerMattapan Branch, Boston Public Library by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Click on any of the thumbnails above to view a slideshow of recent award winners.

Any structure or building of any size or project type anywhere in the world designed by a Massachusetts architect/firm; or any structure or building or project type built in Massachusetts by any architect/firm anywhere in the world is eligible.

The sole judging criterion is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social, or other characteristics. The jury may elect to honor projects by building type or other categories, or may choose to make no such distinctions.

This program is co-sponsored by Poole Professional Ltd.

2016 Winning Projects

(Award levels will be announced at the BSA Design Awards Gala in early 2017.)

38 Newbury Street, Touloukian Touloukian
Brussels Market Building, ORG Permanent Modernity
Charles Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, Schwartz/Silver Architects
Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Machado Silvetti  
Gemma Observatory, Anmahian Winton Architects
Grow Box, Merge Architects
George Washington University, Milken Institute School of Public Health, Payette
Proyecto Clamor de Paz, Paul Lukez Architecture
Public Garden Townhouse, Hacin + Associates
Shadow Play, Howeler + Yoon Architecture
Venice House, Sebastian Mariscal Studio

Jury (AIA Maine)

Jessie Carroll, Whitten Architects
Patrick Costin AIA, Canal 5 Studio
Gavin Engler AIA, Carol Wilson Architect
Paul Lewandowski AIA, Lavallee Brensinger Architects
John Priestley AIA, Priestley + Associates Architecture

2017 Project Submission


Structures or buildings (or groups of either) of any size and any project type (including rehabs, interior architecture, monuments, etc.) completed after January 1, 2010, are eligible.

Associate AIA members and other unlicensed architecture graduates may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional. Projects that have been honored in this program in past years and work by the design professionals serving as jurors this year (or by their firms) are not eligible.

Entry fees

The nonrefundable fee for the first submission is $150 for Massachusetts AIA members; $250 for all others. The fee for each additional submission by the same architect or firm is $100 for Massachusetts AIA members and $165 for all others. 


Complete this entry form and mail it with your entry fee and design materials to:

BSA Small Firms/Small Projects Design Awards
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

All submissions must reach the BSA by 4:00 pm EST on March 24, 2017. Conceal references to the architecture firm on all materials submitted for the jury’s review.

For more information

Contact the BSA at or 617-951-1433.

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