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Accessible Design

Submission Deadline: April 26, 2019
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Past Awardees

Framingham State University Science Complex Addition and Renovations designed by EllenzweigNew England Aquarium Giant Ocean Tank Renovation designed by Cambridge Seven AssociatesMayor Thomas M. Menino Park designed by Weston & Sampson | Spurr Design StudioHarvard University River Houses designed by Kieran TimberlakeBAC 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.

What projects are eligible?

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

  1. 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
  2. Private Residential projects address an individual’s personal accessibility needs.
  3. William D. Smith Memorial Award projects integrate accessibility with historic preservation.

In private residences, and 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.

Projects that have been honored by prior Accessible Design Awards juries are ineligible, as is work by jurors or by their firms.

Submissions in which materials refer in any way to the submitters or associated parties will be disqualified.

Who is eligible to submit?

Anyone is eligible to submit—designers, building officials, citizens, community groups, building owners, and public agencies.  Massachusetts AIA member firms receive special pricing.

Associate AIA members and other unlicensed design professionals, including interior architects or interior designers, may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional.

Where must eligible projects be located?

Projects must be located in Massachusetts.

When must have eligible projects been built?

Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2018.

How do I submit my project?

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

How much is the nonrefundable entry fee?

Massachusetts AIA member firms pay $100 for their first submission and $75 for subsequent submissions.

Nonmembers pay $125 for their first submission and $100 for subsequent submissions.

How are projects judged?

The judging criterion is design excellence as defined by the jury.

The jury will meet in May or June 2019. The jury may view projects independently on a computer screen; the jury will view projects as a group on a projector screen.

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.

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