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The Hobson Award, 2022 Awards.

Image courtesy of Paige McWhorter Photography

Visit the 2023 BSA Design Awards page for award and submission information.

The BSA Design Awards program celebrates exemplary innovation in the built environment, investment from committed clients, and the unique power of architecture to design buildings and spaces that transform communities and shape the way we live. The BSA honors projects that embody the values of the AIA Framework for Design Excellence and the BSA’s vision of building a just and sustainable Boston, together.

Architecture is ever evolving. Architects play important roles in leveraging the power of design to create innovative processes and new design ideas that create positive social and environmental impact.

The 2023 BSA’s Design Awards program invites visions of varying scales and resources that challenge practice, lead sustainability progress, and broaden conversations about resilience in design.

To see galleries of the past award winning projects, visit

2023 Design Awards program:

  • All building typologies are welcome in BUILT DESIGN EXCELLENCE, SMALL FIRMS, or UNBUILT PLANNING & DESIGN categories – However, awards may not be bestowed for every typology.
  • The SMALL FIRMS category is eligible to firms of 10 or fewer employees.
  • Accessibility and sustainability are human rights that should be embedded in all design work.
  • JURIES will review narratives and design based on IMPACT ADVANCEMENTS of social responsibility, technology excellence, and sustainability that connect with our values and values of good design.
  • The BSA Design Awards emphasize the AIA’s Design Excellence criteria that are highlighted in the COMMON APP to evaluate zero-carbon, equitable, resilient, and healthy built projects.
  • Innovation can be demonstrated at multiple levels. We encourage emerging ideas and theoretical projects that demonstrate the AIA’s Design Excellence criteria from professionals and students for UNBUILT PLANNING & DESIGN.
  • Celebrating 100 years in 2023, the Harleston Parker Medal celebrates the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the City of Boston.

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