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Honor Awards for Design Excellence

Leveraging the power of design allows architects and designers to make a greater impact by bringing innovative ideas to life while advancing the profession. The BSA Honor Awards for Design Excellence recognize rehabilitation or new construction projects that thoughtfully address problems related to topics like sustainability and social equity while setting the standard for future work. Projects may be new construction or rehabilitation, of any type or scale.

The call for entries is currently closed.

Sample submission form

This category now asks you to address at least three of the ten AIA Framework for Design Excellence principles. You can use this sample form for reference as you craft your submission.

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2020 Winning Projects


Dartmouth College House Center Pilots, designed by Sasaki

Image courtesy: Jane Messinger

Global Flora

Global Flora Conservatory, designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture

Image courtesy: Kennedy & Violich Architecture

King Open

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Arrowstreet

Image courtesy: Robert Benson


Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood

Image courtesy: Robert Benson

MI Tnano

MIT.nano, designed by HGA

Image courtesy: Anton Grassl


Mount Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel and New Crematory, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Image courtesy: Robert Benson

New Sciences Center

New Sciences Center, designed by Payette

Image courtesy: Chuck Choi


Pedestrian Crossing (PedX), designed by Payette

Image courtesy: Payette

Micro Vineyard

Pennsylvania State University Recital Hall, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Bostwick Design Partnership

Image courtesy: Robert Benson


Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center, designed by Payette

Image courtesy: Robert Benson


Woburn Public Library, designed by CBT

Image courtesy: Robert Benson

How do I submit my project?

Visit the BSA Design Awards submission page, create an account or log in, and submit.

Past winners

You may view past BSA Design Awards winners here.

About the BSA Design Awards

Each year the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA), often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors awards programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and beyond. By recognizing remarkable achievements in architecture, the design community highlights exemplary projects that serve as inspiration for practitioners. Equally important, these awards elevate the potential for positive impact that architecture has on quality of life for everyone. Learn more.