BSLA Announces 2021 Design Award Winners

Cambridge Urban Forest Master Plan

Boston – The Boston Society of Landscape Architects (BSLA) announced this year’s Design Award winners in an online event on June 28.  The ASLA Student Honor & Merit Award winners were also given out.

The BSLA received 48 submissions from 27 different firms and two different schools. Submitted projects are sited in 18 different cities and towns in eight different U.S. states and five different countries across the world. To be eligible, the work can be anywhere though it must be designed by a firm based in Massachusetts or Maine, or be located in the local chapter.

There is no predetermined number of awards in any category; awards are entirely at the discretion of the jury, based on the individual merits of each project. It’s a blind, peer review.


Merit Awards

Island Park Re-Imagined – Hinsdale, N.H.
by Justin Hailey, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Local Forest Coalition – Boston
by Echo Chen, Kongyun He and Michele Chen, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Slowlands: Making the Inter-Loughs Wilds – Northwest City Region, Ireland & Northern Ireland
by Estello Raganit and Joan Chen, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Layered Landscapes – Boston
by Stephen Rezendes & Allie Connell, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Honor Award

After Plastics – Aletsch Glacier, Switzerland
by Andreea Vasile-Hoxha, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Excellence Award

Retreating Plan – Wareham, Mass.
by Minzhi Lin, Harvard Graduate School of Design


Merit Awards

Boston Parks & Recreation Department GSI Design and Implementation Guide – Boston
by Horsley Witten Group – Sandwich, Mass.

Bridge X: Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge – New York, N.Y.
by ScenesLab – Somerville, Mass.

Greenway Bloom Tracker – Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston
by The Greenway Conservancy – Boston

Seeing the Future: 4 Public Art Installations – East Boston, Mass.
by Carolina Aragon – Amherst, Mass.


Honor Award

Where Women Stand
by the VELA Project – Amherst, Mass. and Miami, Fla.


Suburban Meadow House

Merit Award

Audubon Circle – Boston, Mass.
by Crosby|Schlessinger|Smallridge – Boston, Mass.

Clippership Wharf – East Boston, Mass.
by Halvorson|Tighe & Bond Studio – Boston, Mass.

Over, On, and Through: Besthoff Garden – New Orleans, La.
by Reed Hilderbrand – Cambridge, Mass.

Florida Ruffin Ridley School – Brookline, Mass.
by IBI Placemaking – Boston, Mass.

King Open Cambridge Street Upper Schools – Cambridge, Mass.
by Copley Wolff Design Group, Inc. – Boston, Mass.

Southern California’s New Reality – Beverly Hills, Calif.
by Reed Hilderbrand – Cambridge, Mass.

Suburban Meadow House – Concord, Mass.
by Crowley Cottrell, LLC – Boston, Mass.


Merit Awards

A Living Shoreline: Charles River – Boston
by Perkins & Will – Boston, Mass.

Brickline Greenway Framework Plan – St. Louis, Mo.
by Stoss Landscape Urbanism – Boston

Climate Ready Dorchester – Dorchester, Mass.
by SCAPE – New York, N.Y.

The Sarasota Bayfront Master Plan – Sarasota, Fla.
by SASAKI and Agency Landscape + Planning – Watertown and North Cambridge, Mass.

Honor Awards

Jin River: 2,300 years of Urban Culture – Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China
by SASAKI – Watertown, Mass.

Virginia Tech Infinite Loop and Green Links – Blacksburg, Va.
by SASAKI – Watertown, Mass.

Excellence Awards

Strategic Frameworks: 5 Cities in Afghanistan – Afghanistan
by SASAKI – Watertown, Mass.

Cambridge Urban Forest Master Plan – Cambridge, Mass.
by Reed Hilderbrand – Cambridge, Mass.


“Community Empowerment Through a Lens of Diversity”
Brickline Greenway Framework Plan in St. Louis, Mo.
by Stoss Landscape Urbanism – Boston

“Watershed Change”
Where Women Stand
by the VELA Project – Amherst, Mass. and Miami, Fla.

“Champions for Community Voice”
Kincaide Park in Quincy, Mass.
by Bishop Land Design – Quincy, Mass.

Juror comments were shared at the event and are posted at