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Jan 25, 2021

2021 BSA Awards Gala winners announced

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Dearborn STEM Middle-High School designed by Jonathan Levi Architects for the City of Boston

Photo: Paul Warchol

The BSA Awards Gala takes place annually, recognizing the excellent projects and people that make up our community. This year, we held a virtual Gala, and were delighted to see so many familiar names and faces on screen. It was almost as if we were together in person! It was a warm ceremony on a cold night, spent celebrating the work, achievements, and collaboration of those who make up the BSA.

The following winners were revealed at the BSA Awards Gala (Gala) on January 21, 2021, during a virtual ceremony that hundreds attended.

Special thanks to those members of our community who joined, made remarks, shared jury comments, and applauded colleagues via chat.

Special thanks also to this year's Gala sponsors: Gold Sponsor Huber; Silver Sponsors Copley Wolff Design Group, Crown Point Cabinetry, DGC, EPIC Metals, Hanover Architectural Products, Lam Partners, Robert Benson Photography; and Bronze Sponsors Acentech, Best Tile of New England, Dimeo, Glenview Doors, Microsol Resources, North Light IT, and Shepley Bulfinch.

The winners and their award levels are listed below. For more details and project images, visit: designawards.architects.org/2020-award-winners/

View the entire virtual awards ceremony below or on the BSA's YouTube channel.

Hosted by BSA President Gregory O. Minott AIA and Vice President/President-Elect Anda French AIA

Campus Planning and Urban Design Awards

2 2 Ecological Energy Park LWA

Jumping Fish Ecological Power Plant Park designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates with Ground, Inc. for Hsinta Power

One Honor Award:

  • Jumping Fish Ecological Power Plant Park designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates with Ground, Inc. for Hsinta Power

Two Awards:

  • Agnes Scott College Comprehensive Master Plan designed by Sasaki for Agnes Scott College
  • Denver International Airport Strategic Development Plan designed by Sasaki for DEN Real Estate

Two Citations:

  • Boston Tactical Public Realm Guidelines designed by Utile, Inc. for the City of Boston Transportation Department
  • Resilient Planning at Multiple Scales, Puerto Rico designed by Perkins&Will for the Autonomous Municipality of Toa Baja

Healthcare Facilities Design Awards winners

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Cholera Treatment Center designed by MASS Design Group for Les Centres GHESKIO

Photo: Iwan Baan

One Honor Award:

  • Cholera Treatment Center designed by MASS Design Group for Les Centres GHESKIO

Two Awards:

  • D.S. Chen Health and Wellness Center designed by ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge for Deerfield Academy
  • New Patient Tower and Renovations designed by Shepley Bulfinch with GLHN Architects and Engineers for Banner Health

Two Citations:

  • Adelaide of Newton Centre designed by Bechtel Frank Erickson Architects for Benchmark Senior Living
  • Beverly Clinic designed by Merge Architects for Dr. Suren Chelian

Honor Awards for Design Excellence winners, juried by AIA Atlanta

1 02 Schoolsand Community Complex Robert Benson

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Arrowstreet for the City of Cambridge

Photo: Robert Benson

1 02 Robert Benson Centerfor Musicand Learning

Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Photo: Robert Benson

Two Honor Awards:

  • King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Arrowstreet for the City of Cambridge
  • Linde Center for Music and Learning at Tanglewood designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for the Boston Symphony Orchestra

Four Awards:

  • Mount Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel and New Crematory designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • New Science Center designed by Payette for Amherst College
  • Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center designed by Payette for Lafayette College
  • Woburn Public Library designed by CBT for Woburn Public Library

Five Citations:

  • Dartmouth College House Center Pilots designed by Sasaki for Dartmouth College
  • Global Flora Conservatory designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture for Wellesley College
  • MIT.nano designed by HGA for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Pedestrian Crossing (PedX) designed by Payette for Northeastern University
  • Pennsylvania State University Recital Hall designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Bostwick Design Partnership for Pennsylvania State University

Interior Architecture and Design Awards winners

2 04 MASS Mo CA Building 6 Michael Moran

MASS MoCA Building 6 designed by Bruner/Cott for MASS MoCA

Photo: Michael Moran

One Honor Award:

  • MASS MoCA Building 6 designed by Bruner/Cott for MASS MoCA

Four Awards:

  • 401 Park Repositioning designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects for Samuels & Associates
  • Billerica Memorial High School designed by Perkins&Will for the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the Town of Billerica
  • Kendall Square Workplace designed by Utile, Inc. and Merge Architects for a private client
  • Ryovan designed by Andrew Wade Keating AIA for a private client

Three Citations:

  • Beverly Clinic designed by Merge Architects for Dr. Suren Chelian
  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy Renovation designed by BOS|UA for the Emerald Necklace Conservancy
  • More Than Words designed by Peter Rose + Partners for the More Than Words Bookstore

K-12 Education Facilities Design Awards winners

2 02 Billerica Memorial High School Chuck Choi

Billerica Memorial High School designed by Perkins&Will for the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the Town of Billerica

Photo: Chuck Choi

2 3 JP R Benson

Jacob's Pillow Dance | Perles Family Studio designed by Flansburgh Architects for Jacob’s Pillow

Photo: Robert Benson

Two Honor Awards:

  • Billerica Memorial High School designed by Perkins&Will for the Massachusetts School Building Authority and the Town of Billerica
  • Jacob's Pillow Dance | Perles Family Studio designed by Flansburgh Architects for Jacob’s Pillow

One Award:

  • PJM STEM+ Center designed by ARC/ Architectural Resources Cambridge for Eagle Hill School

Two Citations:

  • Hastings Center designed by Perkins&Will for the Brimmer and May School
  • The Barn at Belmont Day School designed by Utile, Inc. for the Belmont Day School

Residential Design Awards winners, in partnership with AIA New York

1 2 Bare Hill Residence Chuck Choi

Bare Hill Residence designed by Peter Rose + Partners for a private client

Photo: Chuck Choi

1 Villa Varoise01 John Horner

Villa Varoise designed by NADAAA with Biddard & Raissi for a private client

Photo: John Horner

Two Honor Awards:

  • Bare Hill Residence designed by Peter Rose + Partners for a private client
  • Villa Varoise designed by NADAAA with Biddard & Raissi for a private client

Three Awards:

  • Boulder House designed by aterlierjun for a private client
  • Courtyard House designed by Anmahian Winton Architects for a private client
  • Rudolph House designed by Ruhl Studio Architects for a private client

Two Citations:

  • Mount Mauwee House designed by Paul Schulhof AIA for a private client
  • Net Zero Farmhouse and Barn designed by Catherine Truman Architects for a private client

Sustainable Design Awards winners

03 Schoolsand Community Complex Robert Benson

King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Arrowstreet for the City of Cambridge

Photo: Robert Benson

One Honor Award:

  • King Open/Cambridge Street Upper Schools and Community Complex designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects with Arrowstreet for the City of Cambridge

Two Awards:

  • Daniels Building designed by NADAAA with Adamson Associates Architects for the University of Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design
  • Head Start designed by Maryann Thompson Architects for MGM Resorts Design & Development

Two Citations:

  • New Science Center designed by Payette for Amherst College
  • Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center designed by Payette for Lafayette College

Unbuilt Architecture and Design Awards winners

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AquiAqui designed by Matter Design for El Punto and the USMC Strategic Alliance

2 2 Flyleaf SMRT

Flyleaf Portable Reading Room designed by SMRT Architects and Engineers

Two Honor Awards:

  • AquiAqui designed by Matter Design for El Punto and the USMC Strategic Alliance
  • Flyleaf Portable Reading Room designed by SMRT Architects and Engineers

Two Awards:

  • Shanghai Hongkou Stadium designed by Sasaki for the Shanghai Hongkou Planning Bureau
  • Suspended Boxes designed by Masoud Abedimoghadam

Two Citations:

  • Mill River Park, Whittingham Discovery Park designed by JCJ Architecture for the Mill River Park Collaborative
  • Slice designed by DUAL

Of all the Design Awards, the Harleston Parker Medal is the most prestigious, annually recognizing the most beautiful new building or structure in Greater Boston. For 2020, there were five finalists, one of which won the People’s Choice Award, determined by popular vote, and one of which won the Harleston Parker Medal, determined by an expert jury.

Harleston Parker Medal finalists

  • Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion designed by Utile, Inc. for the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance and the National Park Service
  • Collier Memorial designed by Howeler + Yoon Architecture for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Dearborn STEM Middle-High School designed by Jonathan Levi Architects for the City of Boston
  • Mount Auburn Cemetery Bigelow Chapel and New Crematory designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for Mount Auburn Cemetery
  • Tozzer Anthropology Building designed by Kennedy & Violich Architecture for Harvard University

People’s Choice Award winner

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Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion designed by Utile, Inc. for the Boston Harbor Islands Alliance and the National Park Service

Photo: Chuck Choi

Harleston Parker Medal winner

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Dearborn STEM Middle-High School designed by Jonathan Levi Architects for the City of Boston

Photo: Paul Warchol

Of this honor, Jonathan Levi FAIA has remarked,

“My deepest thanks to the BSA for this great honor and to all the many collaborators, both lay and professional, who helped bring the Dearborn STEM Academy from aspiration to reality. Special thanks go to Mayor Marty Walsh and to the City of Boston for their indefatigable commitment to the future of this community and its youth as demonstrated by this project."


In addition recognizing excellent projects, the BSA Awards Gala celebrated a group of remarkable people for their contributions to the BSA community and the building and design professions.

These individuals were:

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Jonathan Levi FAIA

2020 BSA Award of Honor recipient

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Patricia Gruits

2020 Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designers Awards recipient

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David Carlson AIA

2020 BSA Commonwealth Award recipient

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Malia Lazu

2020 BSA Honorary Membership recipient

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Peter Cheever

2020 BSA Honorary Membership recipient

Congratulations to all those who were recognized at the 2021 BSA Awards Gala and to everyone who had a part to play in each of the projects awarded!

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