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Small Firms/Small Projects Design Awards

Submission Deadline: April 21, 2017
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Past Awardees

Atrium House by Ruhl Walker ArchitectsBrookline Teen Center by studioMLA ArchitectsLakeside Guest House by Murdough DesignShalin Liu Performance Center by Epstein Joslin Architects

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

Structures or buildings of all project types built anywhere in the world by design firms located in Massachusetts may be submitted. Design professionals anywhere in the world may submit projects built in Massachusetts.

The sole judging criterion is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is defined by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social or other characteristics. We invite submissions of those gems that small firms typically do not submit to standard everything-is-eligible design awards programs.

This program is co-sponsored by BSA Small Practice Network and BSA Residential Design Committee.


Katie Cressall AIA, architect, RODE Architects
Ben Rosenberg PE, associate, Silman
Elizabeth Whittaker, principal, MERGE Architects
Shelly Wood Ziegelman AIA, principal, SWZ Architects


Eligible firms are those with 10 or fewer full-time employees in all categories (not just designers).

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.

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 $75 for Massachusetts AIA members and $125 for all others. The fee for each additional submission by the same architect or firm is $50 for Massachusetts AIA members and $85 for all others. (There is no limit on submissions.)


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

BSA Small Firms/Small Projects Design Awards
Boston Society of Architects
290 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210

All submissions must reach the BSA by 4:00 pm EST on April 21, 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.

2017 Winning Projects

Honor Award
​Cabin on a Rock, I-KANDA Architects
Client: Ben Karlin and Megan Insco
Five Fields Play Structure, Five Fields Neighborhood, Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects
Client: Five Fields Neighborhood
Health Yoga Life, BOS | UA
Client: Health Yoga Life
Meyer Street Residence, Studio Luz Architects
Client: Private

Meister Consultants Group—A Cadmus Company Offices, Kennedy and Violich Architecture
Clients: Meister Consultants Group
Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Moskow Linn Architects
Client: N/A
Trefoil House, J.Roc Design
Client: Jeff Merselis
Zigzag House, Reverse Architecture
Client: Private

David H. Koch Childcare Center at MIT, D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture
Client: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Fisher Hill Reservoir Park Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Touloukian Touloukian
Client: Town of Brookline
Micropolis, Reverse Architecture
Client: Unicorn Realty LTD Partnership
Piedmont Park Square, Studio Luz Architects
Client: TCR Development; JB Ventures
Rudolph House, Ruhl Walker Architects
Client: Private
Wood Flow, J.Roc Design
Client: EJ Zhang

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