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Sustainable Design

Submission Deadline: May 11, 2018
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Past Awardees

Kohler Environmental Center, Choate Rosemary Hall, design by Robert A.M. Stern Architects. Photo by Peter Aaron.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 is co-sponsored by BSA Committee on the Environment and BSA Building Enclosure Council.

What projects are eligible?

Projects that demonstrate the systematic integration of sustainability are eligible. The jury may choose to recognize contributions to the built environment which demonstrate the following: beauty and design excellence as a celebration of place; triple bottom line (people, planet, and profit) response and appropriateness; exemplary and measurable environmental performance and conservation; innovation in practice, process, and/or technology utilization; measurable social benefits and/or impacts beyond the site. Special consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate success through actual metrics, such as energy usage data.

Submitters 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.

This category 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. NOTE: Any project submitted to this program is eligible for the Building Enclosure Design Award. There is no special entry process. In any given year, the jury may or may not elect to confer this award, based on its evaluation of the submitted work.

Projects recognized by prior Sustainable Design Award juries are ineligible, as is work done by this year’s jurors or their firms.

Who is eligible to submit?

Anyone is eligible to submit. Massachusetts AIA member firms receive special pricing.

Where must eligible projects be located?

Projects by New England design professionals may be located anywhere.

Projects by others must be located in New England.

When must have eligible projects been built?

Projects must have been completed between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2017.

How do I submit my project?

Visit the BSA Design Awards submission page, create an account, and submit. Submissions are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline.

How much is the entry fee?

Massachusetts AIA member firms pay $150 for their first submission and $100 for subsequent submissions.

Nonmembers pay $250 for their first submission and $200 for subsequent submissions.

How are projects judged?

The judging criterion is design excellence as manifested by contributions to an aesthetic compatible with sustainability, contributions to the 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.

For more information 

Contact the BSA at awards@architects.org or 617-391-4026.


2016 Winning Projects

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

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

Citation
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

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