BSA/AIA Announces Winners of 2017 Design Awards and Gala

Boston – The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) recently announced the winners of the 2017 BSA Design Awards:

Honor Awards for Design Excellence hosted by AIA Philadelphia

Five Honor Awards:

o   John Wardle Architects and NADAAA for Tanderrum Pedestrian Bridge, Birrarung Marr and Melbourne & Olympic Park, Australia
o   Payette for Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex, Boston
o   Touloukian Touloukian for Fisher Hill Reservoir Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Brookline, Mass.
o   Ann Beha Architects for Saieh Hall for Economics, Chicago, Ill.
o   designLAB architects with BSHM Architects for Seton Hill Arts Center, Greensburg, Pa.

Six Awards:                    

o   Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki for Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building, Boston
o   Kyu Sung Woo Architects for Forest of Light, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
o   Leers Weinzapfel Associates for Design Building, Amherst, Mass.
o   Machado Silvetti for Qasr Al Muwaiji Exhibition Pavilion, Ail Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
o   Charles Rose Architects for Seaholm Power Plant Offices, Austin, Texas
o   Touloukian Touloukian for Farnham-Connolly State Park Pavilion, Canton, Mass.

Eight Citations:

o   Perkins+Will for Keene State College, Living+Learning Commons, Keene, N.H.
o   Utile for Girard, Boston
o   ORG Permanent Modernity for Brakel Police Station, Brakel, Belgium
o   Goody Clancy for Alan and Sherry Leventhal Admissions Center, Boston
o   Sasaki for Martire Business and Communications Center, Fairfield, Conn.
o   Moskow Linn Architects for Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Norwich, Vt.
o   William Rawn Associates Architects for The Winsor School, Lubin O’Donnell Center for Performing Arts and Wellness, Boston

o   Shepley Bulfinch for Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab, Boston

Harleston Parker Medal sponsored by the City of Boston

This year’s recipient of the 2017 Harleston Parker Medal is the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for the Boston Public Library.

People’s Choice Award selected among the Harleston Parker Medal finalists

This year’s winner is the Boston Public Library, Johnson Building Transformation, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects for the Boston Public Library.

BSA Award of Honor

o   Henry N. Cobb FAIA

Harry’s six-decade-long career with Pei Cobb Freed & Partners has made a lasting impact on the architectural design of buildings of all types — cultural, institutional, civic, and commercial — and the built fabric of countless cities. His contributions to Greater Boston alone are significant: the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse and Harborpark; Harbor Towers; Harvard’s Center for Government and International Studies; 30 Dalton and One Dalton now rising in the Back Bay; and the most recognizable structure of Boston’s 20th-century skyline, the John Hancock Tower (now known as 200 Clarendon Street). In addition to his built works, Harry has contributed to the design community through his service on institutional boards and multiple teaching appointments, including a five-year term (1980-85) as chair of the Department of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

Earl R. Flansburgh Young Architects Award

Co-sponsored by the Flansburgh family, the 2017 winner is Joshua Simoneau AIA, urban designer and architect at Beyer Blinder Belle.

BSA’s Commonwealth Award

Vivien Li Hon. BSA, president and chief executive officer at Riverlife and former president of The Boston Harbor Association (now known as Boston Harbor Now).

BSA Honorary Member

Matthew Kiefer Hon. BSA, director at Goulston & Storrs.

Housing Design co-sponsored by the AIANY Housing Committee

Two Honor Awards:

o   ISA – Interface Studio Architects for El Chalet, Philadelphia, Pa.
o   NO ARCHITECTURE for Courtyard House, Aurora, Oregon

Three Awards:                                            

o   GLUCK+ for Artist Retreat, Upstate New York
o   studio ai architects for Malabia 933 Condominium, Buenos Aires, Argentina
o   Roger Ferris + Partners for Green House, Bridgehampton, N.Y.

Four Citations:

o   MERGE Architects for Grow Box, Lexington, Mass.
o   Handel Architects for Enclave at the Cathedral, NYC
o   Young Projects for Wythe Corner House, Brooklyn
o   ISA – Interface Studio Architects for Powerhouse, Philadelphia, Pa.

Small Firms/Small Projects Design

Four Honor Awards:

o   BOS|UA for Health Yoga Life, Cambridge, Mass.
o   I-KANDA Architects for Cabin on a Rock, White Mountains, N.H.
o   Matter Design and FR|SCH Projects for Five Fields Play Structure, Lexington, Mass.
o   Studio Luz Architects for Meyer Street Residence, Boston

Four Awards:

o   Moskow Linn Architects, Six Rural Interventions, Constable Farm, Norwich, Vt.
o   J.Roc Design for Trefoil House, Stowe, Vt.
o   Kennedy and Violich Architecture for Meister Consultants Group – A Cadmus Company, Boston
o   Reverse Architecture for Zigzag House, Falmouth, Maine

Six Citations:

o   J. Roc Design for Wood Flow, Boston
o   D.W. Arthur Associates Architecture for David H. Koch Childcare Center, Cambridge, Mass.
o   Ruhl Walker Architects for Rudolph House, Cambridge, Mass.
o   Studio Luz Architects for Piedmont Park Square, Boston
o   Touloukian Touloukian for Fisher Hill Reservoir Park Gatehouse and Comfort Station, Brookline, Mass.
o   Reverse Architecture for Micropolis, Boston

Unbuilt Architecture and Design

One Honor Award:

o   La Dallman Architects for Industrial Capriccio: Floating Garden, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

Two Awards:

o   NADAAA for Justice in Design, NYC
o   3six0 Architecture for Thematic Pavilion, Yeosu, South Korea

Three Citations:                                         

o   HDR for Shelter in a Forest, Turkey
o   HKS for FBI Headquarters Repo/Hack: The Josef K. Ministry of Dataism and Cyber Intelligence, Washington, D.C.
o   La Dallman Architects for Waterlily Landing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The sole criterion was design excellence. Other considerations by the jury included addressing of social values climate; creative solutions in the face of complex urban conditions; use of intelligent restraint; and the execution of concept at all scales of a project.

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