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2017 People's Choice Award

UPDATE: The winner of the 2017 People's Choice Award is Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects (Boston).

Every year, a jury convened by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) is asked to award the Harleston Parker Medal, which recognizes “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.”

After careful consideration, site visits, and a few days of healthy debate, the 2017 Harleston Parker jury made their choice for Boston's "most beautiful" new building. The most significant criteria for this year's jury was the depth of a building’s conversation—architectural and philosophical—with its community. But how do YOU define beauty in architecture? Cast your vote in the 2017 People’s Choice Award poll and have your say in which building deserves the coveted medal.

The winner of the People’s Choice Award—as well as the winner of the Harleston Parker Medal—was revealed at the 7th Annual BSA Design Awards Gala, on the evening of Thursday, January 18. Voting closed at 4:00 pm January 18.

Nominate your favorite building for the 2018 Harleston Parker Medal by emailing by Friday, March 16, 2018.

Step one

Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation

Designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects (Boston)
700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA
Photos: Bruce T. Martin; Millicent Harvey; Robert Benson

Collier Memorial


Designed by Howëler + Yoon (Boston)
Main Street and Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
Photos: Iwan Baan; John Horner

Field Elementary School


Designed by Jonathan Levi Architects (Boston)
16 Alphabet Lane, Weston, MA
Photos: David Lena; Paul Warchol

Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex


Designed by Payette
805 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA
Photos: Keitaro Yoshioka; Warren Jagger

Step two

Create your own user feedback survey

Step three