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John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing

Submission Deadline: May 17, 2013
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Past Awardees

Intervale Green and Louis Nine House, designed by Edelman Sultan Knox Wood/Architects. Photo by Tom Ligamari.Pond View Village, designed by Bergmeyer Associates. Photo by Richard Mandelkorn.Project Place – Gatehouse, design by Hacin + Associates. Photo by Bruce Martin.

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

The intent of this award is to recognize and encourage excellence in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of socially responsible housing by honoring an organization, a group or an individual who has been a major force behind one or more built developments.

The John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing, established in 2004 by the principals of Boston architecture firm Goody Clancy, recognizes and honors the decades of creative commitment John Clancy FAIA brought to the planning, design and construction of multifamily housing for diverse populations at all income levels. With a high level of care and respect for those intended to occupy his housing projects, Clancy significantly influenced the design of successful housing for low- and moderate-income communities.

The 2013 Jury

Mark Ginsberg FAIA, Curtis + Ginsberg Architects
Lawrence Curtis, WinnDevelopment
Roger Goldstein FAIA, Goody Clancy

2015 Submission deadline: Friday, May 22 at 4:00 pm. 


Any public- or private-sector project built in the United States, completed and occupied since January 2002, is eligible. The housing must be multifamily in nature and provide for low- or moderate-income residents as a major portion of the project.

The jurors will base their decisions on criteria that includes design excellence, livability, sustainability, accessibility/universal design, community design and diversity. Special attention will be given to the success of the project in providing housing for those who can least afford it.

Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible.

Entry fees

The nonrefundable entry fee for the first submission is $100 for Massachusetts AIA members and $200 for all others. The fee for each additional submission by the same architect or firm is $75 for Massachusetts AIA members and $150 for all others. (There is no limit on submissions.) Checks should be made payable to Boston Society of Architects.


Deadline: 4:00 pm EST May 22, 2015. 2015 entry form will be posted soon. When available, you will complete the entry form and mail it with your entry fee and design materials to:

John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing
Boston Society of Architects, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Conceal references to the architecture firm on all materials submitted for the jury’s review.

Mailed entries must be in an 8.5" × 11" portfolio that includes:

  1. Written project description (See requirements below.)
  2. Up to 20 project photographs plus site plans and building plans, as applicable. Plans are crucial. Caption all images.
  3. Project credit list, sealed to maintain confidentiality. Include additional firm names and complete addresses for associated architecture firms, the contractor or construction manager, engineering firms and other consultants. Submit credits exactly as they should appear on the awards certificates: check the spelling of all firm names carefully. Be sure to credit photographers.
  4. Disc that includes every image and site plan in the physical portfolio (formatted .jpg, .tif or .pdf, at least 2000 pixels wide), plus the credit list and project description (formatted .doc or .txt)
  5. Entry fee (see above), payable to Boston Society of Architects

Project description requirements (one page, typed)

  1. Award subcategory (if applicable)
  2. Project type and location; site description
  3. Type (not name) of client; description of the planning, design and construction processes
  4. Program; your solutions to unique design challenges; special constraints
  5. Whether the project is new or a renovation
  6. Whether the design is original or an adaptation of a prototype
  7. Sustainable elements including relevant information about regional climate, measured energy data and LEED or BREEAM assessment (if applicable)
  8. Accessible/universal design elements
  9. Urban context (links to public transportation and other public facilities)
  10. Construction budget; cost per square foot; materials used; innovative building components
  11. Total square footage; total number of units, low-income units (if applicable)
  12. Others involved in the design process (e.g., users, artists, community members)


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