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BSA Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designers Award

This award is named for Earl R. Flansburgh FAIA, a distinguished Boston architect and founder of Flansburgh Associates, who completed more than 200 diverse educational facilities projects during a career spanning more than 45 years. Flansburgh, the 1981 BSA president and 1999 BSA Award of Honor winner, generously supported emerging professionals and advocated for women architects. The firm he founded has been guided by the philosophy that a well-designed building improves the quality of our lives. This award is co-sponsored by the Flansburgh family.

The 2022 Flansburgh Young Designers Award will be juried by the BSA Honors and Awards Committee. The prize includes an online exhibition of the winner’s work hosted through the BSA website, a lecture, and a one-year membership to the Boston Society for Architecture. The winner will be recognized at the BSA Awards Gala.


Students, emerging architectural professionals, and aspiring architects under the age of 40 are eligible to apply for this award.


Candidates must submit a digital portfolio, formatted to 8 ½ x 11 of no more than 25 pages in a PDF to [email protected].

Three one-page letters of recommendations are required. Ideally, at least one letter comes from a BSA member, although this is not required. All letters of recommendation must be emailed by the letter author to [email protected]. Recommendation letters cannot be submitted by the candidate.

The portfolio must include:

  • Biography/resume listing relevant accomplishments, 2 pages max.
  • Personal statement outlining candidate’s design philosophy, 250-word max.
  • Photos, drawings, or other images illustrating design excellence in the candidate’s work.
  • Signed Declaration of Responsibility confirming that the work has been authored by the candidate.

Application Deadline

2022 Applications are closed.

2021 Recipient

Parke MacDowell AIA
Senior Associate | Fabrication Manager

As an architect, Parke leverages his background in construction to inform design and project management. Committed to embedding fabrication within architectural practice, Parke uses models, prototypes, and full-scale mock-ups to help all parties understand the problem and have a voice in its resolution. With a special interest in the community-building potential of architecture, Parke leads numerous pro-bono initiatives positioning design as a powerful tool for outreach, community engagement and building for the future.

Parke uses fabrication to expand the agency of our profession: In his own words, “Making clarifies ideas. Clear ideas enable decisions. Decisions move projects forward.”

Watch Parke's 2021 Flansburgh Young Designers Award Presentation.

Learn more about Parke: Spotlight Architect | Release 01: Parke MacDowell

Flansburgh Young Designers Award Presentation: Patricia Gruits AIA

A recording of a presentation by 2020 award recipient, Patricia Gruits RA.