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2021 Design Awards

HOBSON AWARD 2020

The Hobson Award, BSA Awards Gala 2020, designed by Parke MacDowell AIA and fabricated by MakeTank and MKR|MGR.

Image courtesy of Payette.

Harleston Parker Medal
Nomination deadline: April 30, 2021 | 11:59 pm
Established in 1921 in memory of J. Harleston Parker, this highest honor awarded by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA recognizes "the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the City or Metropolitan Parks District limits."

Accessible Design Awards
Submission deadline: August 6, 2021 | 11:59 pm

Supported by: BSA Access Committee; Massachusetts Architectural Access Board
Creative solutions are sought that include effective accessibility as part of well-designed, responsive architecture in these categories: the Thomas P. Hopkins Memorial Award for public architecture (buildings and facilities to which Massachusetts statute 521 CMR applies); private residential (projects that address an individual's personal accessibility needs); and the William D. Smith Memorial Award for historic preservation (projects that integrate accessibility with historic preservation).

Higher Education Facilities Design Awards
Submission deadline: August 6, 2021 | 11:59 pm
Supported by: BSA/SCUP College and University Roundtable
Projects may be new construction or rehabilitation of private-sector or public-sector projects.

Hospitality Design Awards
Submission deadline: August 13, 2021 | 11:59 pm
Projects may be new construction or rehabilitation of private-sector or public-sector projects.

Housing Design Awards
I
n partnership with AIA New York
Submission deadline: August 13, 2021 | 11:59 pm
Supported by: AIA NY Housing Committee; BSA Housing Committee
Projects may be high- and low-density multi-family housing with more than four units serving any income level. Mixed use projects may be considered in this category.

Small Firms Design Awards
Submission deadline: August
20, 2021 | 11:59 pm
Supported by: BSA Small Practices Network
Projects by firms with ten or fewer full-time employees are eligible.

Sustainable Design Awards
Submission deadline: August 20, 2021 | 11:59 pm

Supported by: BSA Committee on the Environment (COTE); CLF Boston
Projects should be those that demonstrate the systematic integration of sustainability. Special consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate success through actual metrics.

Honor Awards for Design Excellence
Submission deadline: August 27, 2021 | 11:59 pm

Projects may be new construction or rehabilitation, of any type or scale.

Unbuilt Architecture and Design Awards
Submission deadline: August 27, 2021 | 11:59 pm

Projects may be purely theoretical, competition-driven, or client-sponsored, including buildings, interiors, infrastructure, monuments, etc.). Work should not be under construction or otherwise assured of construction.

BSA Design Awards 2021: What Submitters Need to Know

Session hosted April 28, 2021


How do I submit my project?

Visit the BSA Design Awards submission page, create an account or log in, and submit.

Past winners

You may visit past BSA Design Awards winners here.

Interested in being on the jury?

If you are interested in volunteering your time as a Design Awards juror, please complete this brief form.

About the BSA Design Awards

Each year the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA), often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. By recognizing remarkable achievements in architecture, the design community highlights exemplary projects that serve as inspiration for practitioners. Equally important, these awards elevate the potential for positive impact that architecture has on quality of life for everyone.