Boston Society for Architecture announces the winners of the 2019 BSA Design Awards

BSA Awards (Photo courtesy : Kit Castagne and BSA)

BOSTON—The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) announceD the winners of the following 2019 BSA Design Awards:

Accessible Design, a program of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board; Education Facilities Design; Housing Design, hosted in partnership with AIA New York; Small Firms Design; Unbuilt Architecture and Design; Honor Awards for Design Excellence, juried by AIA Los Angeles; the Harleston Parker Medal; and the People’s Choice Award, selected from the Harleston Parker Medal finalists.

Other award types, given to individuals by their peers, included the BSA Award of Honor, the BSA Commonwealth Award, and BSA Honorary Membership.

The winners were announced at the BSA Awards Gala (Gala) on January 23, during a ceremony at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. The ceremony was followed by a reception at BSA Space, attended by over 550 design and building professionals.

The Gala was sponsored by:Gold Sponsor: Cityscapes; Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Halio Glass; Silver Sponsors: Existing Conditions Surveys; KMA | Architecture + Accessibility; and The Sherwin-Williams Company; Bronze Sponsors: Ability to Dream and Design Group; Copley Wolff Design Group; Crownpoint Cabinetry; DGC; Dimeo Construction Company; Hanover Architectural Products; Microsol Resources. Supporters: Acentech; Corderman & Company; Guardian Industries; Lam Partners; North Light IT.

Winners are listed below. For more details and project images, visit

Accessible Design Awards

Five Honor Awards:

o   Leers Weinzapfel Associates for Franklin County Justice Center, Greenfield, MA

o   Maryann Thompson Architects for Walden Pond Visitor Center, Concord, MA

o   Mills Whitaker Architects for Paul Revere House Education & Visitor Center, Boston

o   Ruhl Studio Architects for Gap Cove House, Rockport, MA

o   Utile for Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library, Jamaica Plain, MA

Four Awards:

o   Abacus Architects + Planners for Westwood Accessible Family Housing, New Bedford, MA

o   CBT for Massachusetts State Senate Chamber, Boston

o   Finegold Alexander Architects for Old Chapel Student & Event Center, Amherst, MA

o   HDR with NBBJ and Halvorson Design Partnership for Government Center Station Reconstruction, Boston

Four Citations:

o   Finegold Alexander Architects for Boston City Hall, Council Chamber Renovation, Boston

o   Leers Weinzapfel Associates for Sophia Gordon Center for Creative and Performing Arts, Salem, MA

o   Ryan Associates Landscape Architecture and Planning for The Court: A Garden within Reach, Boylston, MA

o   Stegman+Associates:Architects with Caolo & Bieniek Associates for Westfield State University David Hall Additions & Renovations, Westfield, MA

Education Facilities Design Awards

Three Honor Awards:

o   Flansburgh for New Environmental Science Center, Columbus, OH

o   Flansburgh for New Middle School Building, Dover, MA

o   William Rawn Associates, Architects for Rubenstein Arts Center, Durham, NH

Four Awards:

o   William Rawn Associates, Architects for Noble and Greenough School Academic Inquiry Center, Putnam Library and Baker Science Building, Dedham, MA

o   Ann Beha Architects for Center for the Arts, North Andover, MA

o   Bruner/Cott for Lunder Arts Center, Cambridge, MA

o   DiMella Shaffer for McMullen Museum and Conference Center, Chestnut Hill, MA

Six Citations:

o   Flansburgh with Rachid Karam Architects for New Preschool and Middle School Complex, Beirut, Lebanon

o   Hopkins Architects with Bruner/Cott for The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center, Cambridge, MA

o   Maryann Thompson Architects for Early Learning Center, East Hanover, NJ

o   Perkins and Will for Pence Union Building Renovation, Cheney, WA

o   Tsoi Kobus Design with DBVW Architects for South Street Landing, Providence, RI

o   William Rawn Associates, Architects for The Weissman Foundry, Wellesley, MA

Jury’s Choice Award:

o   MASS Design Group with The African Design Center for Ruhehe Primary School, Musanze District, Rwanda

**** Housing Design Awards

One Honor Award:

o   ISA for XS House, Philadelphia

Four Awards:

o   Desai Chia Architecture with Environment Architects for Michigan Lake House, Northport, MI

o   ISA for Tiny Tower, Philadelphia

o   ODA New York for The Rheingold, Brooklyn, NY

o   Utile for 7 East Springfield, Boston            

Five Citations:

o   Abacus Architects + Planners for Jefferson Park Apartments, Cambridge, MA

o   Dattner Architects for The Goldin at Essex Crossing, New York City

o   Desai Chai Architecture for Montauk House, Montauk, NY

o   RODE Architects for Glenville Townhomes, Boston

o   Ruhl Studio Architects for Gap Cove House, Rockport, MA

**** Small Firms Design Awards

One Honor Award:

o   Touloukian Touloukian for Lumen at Beacon Park, Detroit, MI

Three Awards:

o   HANK for TOURISTS, North Adams, MA

o   IKD for Common Threads, Boston

o   Stern McCafferty for Red Coach Lane, Winchester, MA

Five Citations:

o   Abacus Architects + Planners for Jefferson Park Apartments, Cambridge, MA

o   GLD Architecture for Lost House, Boston

o   Murdough Design for Shoreline Dwelling, Center Harbor, NH

o   Supernormal for Dining with Strangers and Their Stories, Somerville, MA

o   Supernormal for Redefining the Early Learning Environment, Somerville, MA

**** Unbuilt Architecture and Design

Two Honor Awards:

o   María Gonzalez Aranguren for Lisbon Story, Lisbon, Portugal

o   PCA for Cloud Catchers, Lima, Peru

Two Awards

o   Agent Architecture for The Island the Day After, Havana, Cuba

o   Lawrence Kim / A+U Lab for Visitor Center in the Forest, Jūrmala, Latvia

Three Citations:

o   HKS for DR/EDGE, Dhaka, Bangladesh

o   Ten to One for Beggar’s Wharf Arts Complex, Rockland, ME

o   Touloukian Touloukain for Buffalo Outer Harbor Wayfinding Kiosk, Buffalo, NY

****Honor Awards for Design Excellence

Four Honor Awards

o   Flansburgh with Sangrad + AVP for New K-12 International School, Zagreb, Croatia

o   MASS Design Group for The National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, AL

o   NBBJ for Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing, China

o   Payette for Rajen Kilachand Center for Integrated Life Science and Engineering, Boston

Six Awards:

o   Behnisch Architekten with SRG Partnership for Karl Miller Center, Portland, OR

o   designLAB architects for Worcester Visitors Center, Worcester, MA

o   Elkus Manfredi Architects for Joan & Edgar Booth Theatre and College of Fine Arts Production Center, Boston

o   Jonathan Levi Architects for Dearborn STEM Middle-High School, Boston

o   Leers Weinzapfel Associates for University of Massachusetts North Chiller Plant, Amherst, MA

o   Sasaki for Deerfield Academy Athletics Complex, Deerfield, MA           

Six Citations:

o   Barkow Leibinger with Sasaki for ArtLab, Boston

o   Höweler + Yoon Architecture for Downtown Crossing Amphitheater, Boston

o   Merge Architects with Ibañez Kim for eSports Gaming Café, Boston

o   Payette for Beyond Walls, Lynn, MA

o   Perkins and Will for The Exchange at 100 Federal, Boston

o   Perkins and Will for The Snyder Center, Andover, MA

****Harleston Parker Medal

The recipient of the 2019 Harleston Parker Medal is The Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center designed by Hopkins Architects with Bruner/Cott for Harvard University.

****People’s Choice Award

The winner of the People’s Choice Award is The Exchange at 100 Federal designed by Perkins and Will for Boston Properties.

****2019 BSA Award of Honor

Kyu Sung Woo FAIA

Kyu Sung Woo FAIA was born in Seoul, Korea and received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in Architectural Engineering at Seoul National University. He came to the United States in 1967, where he studied architecture at Columbia University receiving a Master of Architecture in 1968. Mr. Woo then received a Master of Architecture in Urban Design at Harvard University in 1970.

After graduation he worked closely with Josep Lluis Sert at Sert, Jackson & Associates (1970–1974). He was an Urban Design Consultant for Harbison New Town, South Carolina (1973–1980), senior Urban Designer for the Mayor’s office of Midtown Planning and Development, New York, NY (1975), founded Woo Associates in 1978, Principal of Woo and Williams (1979–1990), and Principal of Kyu Sung Woo Architects, Inc. in 1990, where he has continued his focus on creative design solutions in the United States and abroad. During his architectural career Mr. Woo has built extensively, with many major design works implemented, including the 1988 Olympic Village in Seoul, Korea.

The work of Kyu Sung Woo has been reviewed in numerous architectural publications in Asia, Europe, and the United States including The Boston GlobeThe New York TimesNewsweek and The Wall Street Journal. In addition, three books profiling his work, Casas and Whanki Museum, have been published. Mr. Woo has taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and at Harvard University, and won the Ho Am Prize in the Arts in 2008. Kyu Sung Woo is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

****2019 BSA Commonwealth Award

This year’s recipient is YouthBuild Boston (YBB) for its commitment to community design and preparing Boston’s youth for meaningful employment, particularly in the building industry.

YBB was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the building trades. While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to building trades training. Its programs provide opportunities in vocational education, counseling, and other life skills that readily strengthen and prepare students for the workforce upon graduation

****2019 BSA Honorary Membership

This year’s recipients is Robert Benson, architectural photographer, in recognition of his commitment to collaboration and the advancement of the AEC industry.

Robert has been an architectural photographer for over thirty years, running a national and international business, and supported by a studio and staff of five people, led by his wife Wendy. Robert summarizes his approach to work as follows: “…no matter how much the technology changes, it still comes down to knowing where to stand, and how to create meaningful, well-composed images that advance the narrative of the building’s design philosophy. My greatest satisfaction comes when I create an image that the architect finds surprising and revealing. And if we can have fun while doing it, all the better.”

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA/AIA) is the eastern Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is New England’s largest building industry association. Established in 1867, the BSA/AIA, with more than 4,500 members, is the second largest chapter of the AIA. The BSA/AIA produces a diverse array of programs and editorial content focused on keeping the profession strong, creating thought leadership, and providing a forum for conversation, discovery, and debate about design. The BSA/AIA, together with the BSA Foundation, make up the Boston Society for Architecture, a diverse community committed to improving the quality of life for everyone through architecture and design.

About the BSA Design Awards

Each year the BSA, often in collaboration with other organizations, sponsors award programs to honor design excellence in Massachusetts, throughout New England, and elsewhere. All winners are announced at the annual BSA Design Awards Gala. The call for entries to the 2020 programs will be released in February.  For a full list of awards and their schedules, visit

Awards Definition

Honor Awards: the highest awards. These projects are the “best of the best.” Each one elevated the hearts and minds of our juries by expressing both technical and aesthetic design excellence.

Awards: admirable and innovative work that is successfully executed from concept through construction.

Citations: those projects that caught the jury’s eye for design, technical, humanitarian, or other reasons.

Harleston Parker Medal

The Harleston Parker Medal award was established in 1921 by J. Harleston Parker in memory of his father. The first award was granted by the BSA in 1923. The intent of the award is to acknowledge the “single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boson area in the past 10 years. The award is co-sponsored by the City of Boston.

People’s Choice Award

An online competition organized by the BSA where members of the public go head-to-head with the Harleston Parker Medal jury to decide which among the Harleston Parker finalists is the most beautiful new structure in the Boston.

BSA Award of Honor

This honor is given to individuals whose lifetime contributions to the profession and to the BSA have been uncommonly profound.

BSA Commonwealth Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize an outstanding influence on Boston’s built environment or the community’s awareness of it.

BSA Honorary Membership

The purpose of this award is to honor an individual whose contributions to the Boston design community are of outstanding significance and value.