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Harleston Parker Medal

Submission Deadline: March 10, 2017
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Past Awardees

Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, designed by Mecanoo Architecten with SasakiIsabella Steward Gardner Museum Addition, designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with StantecMFA Art of the Americas Wing, designed by Foster + Partners with CBT Architects. Photo: Nigel YoungRoger E. Wellington Elementary School, designed by Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture, photo by David LenaCambridge Public Library, designed by William Rawn Associates with Ann Beha Architects. Photo by Robert Benson.

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

This annual honor seeks to recognize “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.

This program is co-sponsored by the City of Boston.

2017 Finalists


Boston Public Library, Johnson Buidling Transformation, William Rawn Associates, Architects

Collier Memorial, Höweler + Yoon

Field Elementary School, Jonathan Levi Architects

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Payette


Yugon Kim, founding owner and partner, IKD; associate and director, TSKP Architects Boston 
Karin Goodfellow, director, Boston Art Commission 
Cynthia Smith FASLA, vice president and principal, Halvorson Design Partnership
Anne-Sophie Divenyi AIA, senior capital project manager, Harvard University, Office of Physical Resources and Planning
Malia Lazu, president, EpiCenter Community
Lee Moreau AIA, principal, Continuum
Alexa Pinard, urban designer, Boston Planning & Development Agency
Dante Ramos, Ideas editor, The Boston Globe
Kishore Varanasi, principal, CBT Architects
​Richard A. Yeager  AIA, assistant director of planning and design, Boston College


Nominations are invited for the 2017 Harleston Parker Medal, which is presented to “such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects... completed the erection for any private citizen, association, corporation, or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure within the limits of the City of Boston or of the Metropolitan Parks District” (Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Dedham, Dover, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Nahant, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winchester, Winthrop, and Woburn).

To be eligible, a project:

  • May be of any scale, program, or level of public visibility
  • May be a rehabilitated building or structure
  • Must have been completed between December 31, 2006,
    ​and December 31, 2016

You may nominate your own or any other that work you believe merits consideration. Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible. Nominated projects from prior years that have not been recognized will continue to be considered by subsequent juries until these projects are ruled out by the 10-year-from-completion eligibility requirement.
To nominate a project:

Please send your nomination (see below) to with “Harleston Parker” in the subject line. Please include the folowing: 

  • Project name
  • Project location (street address, city)
  • Architect (if known)
  • Date of completion (if known)

All submissions are due by 4:00 pm EST on March 10, 2017. 

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

2016 Finalists

Voting was held for the People’s Choice Award Poll at up until the day of the award ceremony. This year's People's Choice Award winner was Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki.

Recent recipients

  • 2016 Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki)
  • 2015 Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition (Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Stantec)
  • 2014 MFA Art of the Americas Wing (Foster + Partners with CBT Architects)
  • 2013 Roger E. Wellington Elementary School (Jonathan Levi Architects with Stantec Architecture)
  • 2012 MIT Media Lab (Maki and Associates in assocation with Leers Weinzapfel Associates)
  • 2011 Harvard Graduate Student Housing (Kyu Sung Woo Architects)
  • 2010 New Cambridge Public Library (William Rawn Associates with Ann Beha Architects)
  • 2009 Parker Community Boathouse (Anmahian Winton Architects)
  • 2008 Genzyme Center (Behnisch, Behnisch & Partner; House & Robertson Architects; Next Phase Studios)
  • 2007 Institute of Contemporary Art (Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Perry Dean Rogers Partners)
  • 2006 Wang Campus Center, Wellesley College (Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects)
  • 2005 Building H/College of Computer and Information Sciences and Residence Hall, Northeastern University (William Rawn Associates)
  • 2004 Simmons Hall, MIT (Steven Holl Architects and Perry Dean Rogers Partners)
  • 2003 Honan-Allston Branch/Boston Public Library (Machado and Silvetti Associates)
  • 2002 Northeastern University Multi-Faith Center (Office dA)
  • 2001 Boston Public Library renovation (Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott)

View winners from 1923 to 2000 on the Harleston Parker Medal Wikipedia page

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