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6th BSA Design Awards Gala

The 6th BSA Design Awards Gala was held on February 16, 2017 at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston. Hundreds of industry professionals gathered for a cocktail reception to celebrate the 2016 design award winners. 

The BSA Design Awards Gala is the design community's best and highest celebration of great design and the people who create it. This year, the Gala provided more opportunity than ever before for networking and connecting with architects, designers, developers, builders, and other top industry professionals. The cocktail party for this black tie event began at 6:30 pm at BSA Space, which was transformed into a venue that showcased the year's design award-winning projects. Winners were revealed late that afternoon at an invitation-only event and were publically identified for the first time that evening.

This year, instead of dinner, the party offered hors d'oeuvres, multiple open bars, and hours of time to network, mingle, and toast the winning firms and projects. The emcee was Rachel Slade, editor of Boston Home magazine.

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Information for award winners.

The Gala was also the first official chance in 2017 to honor the BSA's 150th anniversary.

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2016 Winning Projects

Acessible Design

Public Architecture (projects are buildings and facilities to which Massachusetts statute 521 CMR applies)

Honor Award
Framingham State University Science Complex Addition and Renovations, Ellenzweig
Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park, Weston & Sampson | Spurr Design Studio
New England Aquarium Giant Ocean Tank Renovation, Cambridge Seven Associates

Framingham Library Frontispiece Addition, Abacus Architects + Planners
Myra Hiatt Kraft Memorial Footbridge, Beals and Thomas

Codman Academy Charter Public School, Lithgow Building Renovation, MDS/Miller Dyer Spears
Peter Bulkeley Terrace Senior Housing and Community Center, Abacus Architects + Planners

William D. Smith Memorial Award (integrating accessibility with historic preservation)              

Honor Award
Harvard University River Houses, Kieran Timberlake

Hancock United Church of Christ, Mills Whitaker Architects
Upton Town Hall Restoration and Renovation, McGinley Kalsow & Associates

Christ Church, Frank Shirley Architects

Education Facilities Design

Higher Education Facilities

Honor Awards
Arts Center, Seton Hill University, designLAB architects with BSHM Architects
Powerhouse, Amherst College, Bruner/Cott & Associates
Western Dining Commons, Miami University, CBT Architects

Academic Center, Cornell University Law School, Ann Beha Architects
​Design and Media Center, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Ennead Architects
Hardiman Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Payette

​Duke Hall, James Madison University, GUND Partnership with Clark Nexsen
Gateway Center, SUNY–ESF, Architerra
Health and Social Sciences Building, University of Massachusetts–Lowell, Cambridge Seven Associates
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) IT Convergence Building, Kyu Sung Woo Architects
The Lofts, Washington University, William Rawn Associates, Architects
Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne, NADAAA

K-12 Facilities

Honor Award
Arts & Innovation Center, Indian Mountain School, Flansburgh Architects

Catherine Houghton Arts Center, White Mountain School, Ruhl Walker Architects with Randall Walter AIA
Corning Children's Center, D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture
West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School, Flansburgh Architects

​City of Methuen High School, Finegold Alexander Architects
Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Robert A.M. Stern Architects

Sustainable Design

Honor Award
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, Architerra
R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College, Bruner/Cott & Associates

​The Tower at PNC Plaza, Gensler
LBJ Apartments, Tise Design Associates

Biosciences Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Payette
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Dimella Shaffer Associates
Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Robert A.M. Stern Architects  
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Payette

Unbuilt Architecture and Design

Honor Award
African Agribusiness Knowledge Center, ORG Permanent Modernity with P-REX
Elms College Chapel, CannonDesign

​Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal, FXFOWLE in association with Cooper Carry
Nature Center for Walden Pond, Alfredo Pimentel
Not A Building, A Park/Mission Hill, Sebastian Mariscal Studio
SolBe Learning Center Prototype, Supernormal and BOS|UA

Busan Opera House, Charles Rose Architects
Infrastructural Lifeline for Palestine and Israel, Christoph Hesse Architects
Moon Island Zipline, STUDIO ENÉE architects

Honor Awards for Design Excellence

Honor Award
The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Machado and Silvetti Associates with Sweet Sparkman Architects
Proyecto Clamor de Paz, Paul Lukez Architecture

Brussels Market Building, ORG Permanent Modernity
Gemma Observatory, Anmahian Winton Architects
Grow Box, MERGE Architects
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Payette

38 Newbury Street—Office Street, Touloukian Touloukian
Charles Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, Schwartz/Silver Architects
Public Garden Townhouse, Hacin + Associates
Shadow Play, Höweler + Yoon Architecture
​Venice House, Sebastian Mariscal Studio

Harleston Parker Medal

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
East Boston Branch Library, Boston Public Library, William Rawn Associates, Architects

East Boston Branch Library
Education and Community Center, Korean Church of Boston, Brian Healy Architects

Korean Church of Boston
​Tozzer Anthropology Building, Harvard University, Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Tozzer Anthropology Building