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Sustainable Design

Submission Deadline: May 6, 2016
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Past Awardees

Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, designed by Perkins+WillBoston Children's Museum, design by Cambridge Seven Associates. Photo by Elizabeth Felicella Photography.Boston Children's Museum, design by Cambridge Seven Associates. Photo by Steve Turner Photography.World Headquarters for the International Fund for Animal Welfare, designed by designLAB architects. Photo by Peter Vanderwarker.

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

This program honors work that contributes, by its design, to the creation of a sustainable world. It is open to any design professional practicing anywhere in the world. 

The judging criterion is design excellence as manifested by contributions to an aesthetic compatible with sustainability, contributions to environmental balance, energy-efficiency, appropriate land use, minimal ecological impact, reuse of existing buildings or facilities, level of use of nonrenewable resources in the construction of and during the life of the project, level of use of recycled or renewable materials, and/or excellence in integrating sustainable concepts with traditional design requirements. 

2016 Winning Projects

Honor Award
Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Field Headquarters, Architerra
R.W. Kern Center, Hampshire College, Bruner/Cott & Associates

​The Tower at PNC Plaza, Gensler
LBJ Apartments, Tise Design Associates

Biosciences Research Building, National University of Ireland, Galway, Payette
Fraunhofer Center for Sustainable Energy Systems, Dimella Shaffer Associates
Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, Robert A.M. Stern Architects  
Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, Payette


All project types completed after January 1, 2010, that demonstrate the systematic integration of sustainability are eligible. The jury may elect to honor projects by building type or category (rehabs, interiors, housing, etc.) or may honor projects without making such distinctions. 

This program includes the Building Enclosure Design Award, which recognizes innovation in building enclosure design through the craft, science and engineering of high-performance building enclosures, either commercial or residential.  

Special consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate success through actual metrics, such as energy usage data. Projects that have been honored in past years and work by jurors or by their firms are ineligible.

Applying firms are encouraged but not required to be signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment, and proposals should attempt to clearly meet and demonstrate the tenets of the 2030 Commitment at their respective points of substantial completion.

2016 Jury
Barbra Batshalom, Sustainable Performance Institute
Blake Jackson, Tsoi / Kobus & Associates
Jacob Knowles, BR+A Consulting Engineers
Christopher Schaffner, The Green Engineer
Michael Fiorillo AIA, Director of Sustainable Design,Boston Architectural College

Jury date: June 6, 2016

Entry fees

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


Mail completed entry form, with your entry fee and design materials, to:
Sustainable Design Awards
Boston Society of Architects,
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

All submissions are due by 4:00 pm on May 6, 2016. Conceal references to the architecture firm on all materials submitted for the jury’s review. 

For more information contact the BSA at or 617-391-4017.

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