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Design Awards

2024 Design Awards Hero Resized

The Hobson Trophy and Harleston Parker Medal, 2023 Awards.

Image courtesy of Paige McWhorter Photography

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.

The 2024 BSA Design Awards program invites visions of various scales and resources that challenge practice, lead sustainability progress, and broaden conversations about resilience in design.

Recipients are recognized at three different levels (from highest): Honor Awards, Merit Awards, and Commendations. All submitters have until September 13 to submit entries.

To see galleries of the past award-winning projects, visit


June 12, 2024 – Award Submissions Open.
June-August 2024
– Awards overview program, Common App and awards office hours and awards resources available.
July 10, 2024
– What Submitters Need to Know Webinar, 08:15AM EST-9:30AM.
September 13, 2024
– Submission deadline. All Awards submissions must be uploaded and completed online with payment by 11:59pm EST.
October-November 2024
– Jury reviews, deliberations & award selection.
December 2024
– Award notifications & announcements.
February/March 2025
– BSA Awards Gala (Date TBD).

How to Submit

Use the following links to produce your submission:


BSA Firm Members

Non-BSA Members

Assoc. AIA or Student

Built Design Excellence



Not eligible

Small Firms



Not eligible

Unbuilt Architecture & Planning



$85 Assoc. AIA

$50 Student (with ID)

Program Overview

  • All building typologies are welcome in BUILT DESIGN EXCELLENCE, SMALL FIRMS, or UNBUILT PLANNING & DESIGN divisions – However, awards may not be bestowed for every typology.
  • The SMALL FIRMS category division is eligible to firms of 10 or fewer employees.
  • JURIES will review metrics, narratives, and design based on a range of topics, including accessibility, social responsibility, technology advancements, sustainability and more.
  • 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.

The Harleston Parker Medal celebrates the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the city of Boston.


Review our FAQ page for common questions. Please also see our 2024 Common App FAQ sheet.

For general questions about submitting or about the Awards Program, please email [email protected] or call 617-391-4019.

Questions may not be directed to or answered by the jurors.

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