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Harleston Parker Medal

Submission Deadline: March 16, 2018
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Past Awardees

Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates, ArchitectsBruce 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.

2018 Winning Projects

As If It Were Already Here
Designed by Designed by Janet Echelman

Collier Memorial
Designed by Designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture

East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library
Designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Interdisciplinary Arts Center
Designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Tozzer Anthropology Building
Designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture

2018 Harleston Parker jury

Anne-Sophie Divenyi AIA, chair, senior capital project manager, Harvard University Office of Physical Resources and Planning
Leonie Bradbury, director of Art and Creative Initiatives, HUBweek
Stephanie Hubbard, principal, SiteCreative
Kathleen MacNeil, principal, MP Boston
Nicole Martineau AIA, senior associate, Arrowstreet
Lee Moreau, principal, Continuum
Paul Pettigrew AIA, coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives and manager of Special Projects, MIT Architecture
Leah Triplett Harrington, director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fort Point Arts Community; senior editor, Big Red & Shiny
Kishore Varanasi, principal and director of Urban Design, CBT
​Jake Wayne, senior lighting designer, Arup


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

Established in 1921 in memory of Boston architect 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.”

What projects are eligible?

This annual honor recognizes “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years. Projects of any scale, program, or level of public visibility—new or rehabilitated—are eligible.

Nominated projects from prior years that have not been recognized will continue to be considered until they are ruled out by the 10-years-from-completion eligibility requirement. Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or their by their firms are ineligible.

Who is eligible to nominate?

Anyone is eligible to nominate. You may nominate your own work or any other work.

Where must eligible projects be located?

Projects must be located in the metropolitan Boston area, which comprises: 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.

When must have eligible projects been built?

Projects must have been completed between December 31, 2007 and December 31, 2017.

How do I submit my project?

Send your nomination to awards@architects.org with “2018 Harleston Parker” as the subject line. Please include:

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

How much is the entry fee?

Nominating projects for this honor is free.

How are projects judged?

The judging criterion is design excellence as defined by the jury. Each jury meets three times to establish criteria for design excellence as they see it. During these meetings, the nominated body of work is narrowed until three to five finalists have been identified. The jury meets one last time for site tours of the finalists. That evening, they deliberate until a decision is reached.

“It is the hope of the donor that as the years go on the medal will become an award to be prized by architects as presenting the greatest compliment that can be paid to them by the fellow members of their profession.”


Recent recipients

  • 2017 Boston Public Library, Johnson Buidling Transformation (William Rawn Associates, Architects)
  • 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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