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Honor Awards for Design Excellence

Submission Deadline: March 24, 2017
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Past Awardees

Tozzer Anthropology Building designed by Kennedy & Violich ArchitectureIsland Residence designed by Peter Rose + PartnersClaire T. Carney Library designed by designLAB architects with Austin Architects. Photo by Jonathan HillyerMattapan Branch, Boston Public Library by William Rawn Associates, Architects

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

Any structure or building of any size or project type anywhere in the world designed by a Massachusetts architect/firm; or any structure or building or project type built in Massachusetts by any architect/firm anywhere in the world is eligible.

The sole judging criterion is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social, or other characteristics. The jury may elect to honor projects by building type or other categories, or may choose to make no such distinctions.

This program is co-sponsored by Poole Professional and XL Insurance.

2017 Winning Projects

Alan and Sherry Leventhal Admissions Center, Goody Clancy
Brakel Police Station, ORG Permanent Modernity
Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Mecanoo Architecten and Sasaki
Design Building, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
Farnham-Connolly State Park Pavilion, Touloukian Touloukian
Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Touloukian Touloukian
Forest of Light, Asia Culture Center, Kyu Sung Woo Architects
Girard, Utile
Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Payette
Keene State College, Living+Learning Commons, Perkins+Will
Martire Business and Communications Center, Sasaki
Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab at Harvard University, Shepley Bulfinch
Qasr Al Muwaiji, Machado Silvetti
Saieh Hall for Economics, Ann Beha Architects
Seaholm Power Plant Offices, Charles Rose Architects
Seton Hill Arts Cecnter, designLAB architects
Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Moskow Linn Architects
Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge, John Wardle Architects with NADAAA
​The Winsor School, Lubin O’Donnell Center for Performing Arts and Wellness, William Rawn Associates, Architects


Joanne Aitken FAIA, associate, Kieran Timberlake
Katie Broh AIA, partner, MGA Partners
Scott Erdy FAIA, principal, Erdy McHenry Architecture
Antonio Fiol-Silva FAIA, founding principal, SITIO
Fon Wang AIA, director of historic preservation, Ballinger


Structures or buildings (or groups of either) of any size and any project type (including rehabs, interior architecture, monuments, etc.) completed after January 1, 2010, are eligible.

Associate AIA members and other unlicensed architecture graduates may submit projects that do not require the stamp of a licensed professional. Projects that have been honored in this program in past years and work by the design professionals serving as jurors this year (or by their firms) are not eligible.

Entry fees

The nonrefundable fee for the first submission is $150 for Massachusetts AIA members; $250 for all others. The fee for each additional submission by the same architect or firm is $100 for Massachusetts AIA members and $165 for all others. 


Complete this entry form and mail it with your entry fee and design materials to:

BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

All submissions must reach the BSA by 4:00 pm EST on March 24, 2017. Conceal references to the architecture firm on all materials submitted for the jury’s review.

For more information

Contact the BSA at or 617-391-4026.

2016 Winning Projects

Honor Award
The Center for Asian Art in the Dr. Helga Wall-Apelt Gallery of Asian Art at the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Machado and Silvetti Associates with Sweet Sparkman Architects
Proyecto Clamor de Paz, Paul Lukez Architecture

Brussels Market Building, ORG Permanent Modernity
Gemma Observatory, Anmahian Winton Architects
Grow Box, MERGE Architects
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Payette

38 Newbury Street—Office Street, Touloukian Touloukian
Charles Shain Library Renovation at Connecticut College, Schwartz/Silver Architects
Public Garden Townhouse, Hacin + Associates
Shadow Play, Höweler + Yoon Architecture
​Venice House, Sebastian Mariscal Studio

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