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BSA Award of Honor


Individual must be a BSA member, current or former, and have made "outstanding contributions to architecture and to the profession" over an extended period of time.

2022 Recipient

William Rawn FAIA
William Rawn Associates

Since the founding of William Rawn Associates Architects in 1983, William Rawn FAIA has maintained a deep commitment to the civic life of Boston, his chosen City. 95% of the Firm’s projects have been for non-profit and public institutions. Bill has been a consistent advocate for the Public Realm, serving the architectural profession as a Founding Member of the Boston Civic Design Commission (BCDC) for 34 years (and hundreds of Tuesday evening meetings).

Working closely with Doug Johnston and Cliff Gayley for nearly 35 years and countless other colleagues ever since, the Firm’s commitment to the best design for publicly oriented projects has been honored in many venues: three projects have won the annual BSA Harleston Parker Medal; the firm has won 15 National AIA Honor Awards (and over 200 state and local AIA awards); and the firm was named the #1 Firm in the 2009 ARCHITECT 50 ranking of national firms. Starting with Affordable Housing work for the Bricklayers Union in Boston, the Firm has maintained a commitment to bringing rigorous design to underserved communities.

The practice of William Rawn Associates Architects has long been centered on city-building and campus-building and the search for a “Common Ground” --- that place where individuals from diverse backgrounds come together to exchange ideas and share experiences. This explicit commitment to the Public Role of Architecture seeks to celebrate the democratic values of the Public Realm serving diverse institutions and communities.