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Accessible Design

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
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Past Awardees

BAC 951 Boylston Street designed by the Institute for Human Centered DesignBerkshire Towers Addition and Renovation, designed by Kuhn Riddle Architects. Photo by Anita Licis-Ribak Assoc. AIA.MBTA Charles/MGH Red Line Station, designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects. Photo by Kessler Photography.Park Street Church, designed by Mills Whitaker Architects. Photo by Anton Grassl/Esto.

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

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.

Creative solutions are sought that include effective accessibility as part of well-designed, responsive architecture in these categories:

A. Public Architecture
Projects are buildings and facilities to which Massachusetts statute 521 CMR applies. This statute (MGL Chapter 22, Section 13A) may be viewed at

B. Private Residential
Projects address an individual’s personal accessibility needs.

C. William D. Smith Memorial Award
Projects integrate accessibility with historic preservation.

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.

2016 Winning Projects

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


Andrew Bedar AIA, senior vice president, BKA Associates
George Delegas AIA, principal, Fletcher Thompson
Dawn Guarriello AIA, Bergmeyer Associates
Jane Hardin, Simmons School of Social Work
Gary Kane AIA, The Archiectural Team
Stephanie McGoldrick NCIDQ, assistant professor of interior design, Mount Ida Collge
Hazel Ryerson, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Carol Steinberg, co-owner, Steinberg Doyle

For more information contact the BSA at or 617-391-4026.

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