Boston Society of Architects announces finalists for the 2018 Harleston Parker Medal

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BOSTON—The Boston Society of Architects announced the finalists for the 2018 Harleston Parker Medal. This annual award seeks to recognize “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.

Anne-Sophie Divenyi AIA—senior capital project manager, Harvard University Office of Physical Resources and Planning—led a panel of nine other acclaimed Boston professionals representing a wide range of disciplines, from architecture to engineering to arts and culture. The winner will be announced at the 8th BSA Design Awards Gala on Thursday, January 17, 2019.

Past winners include the Boston Public Library Johnson Building Transformation (2017) by William Rawn Associates, Architects; Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building (2016) by Mecanoo Architecten with Sasaki; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition (2015) by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Stantec; and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Art of the Americas Wing (2014) by Foster + Partners with CBT Architects.

List of finalists:

As If It Were Already Here by Janet Echelman

Collier Memorial by Höweler and Yoon Architecture

East Boston Branch, Boston Public Library by William Rawn Associates, Architects

Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Complex by Payette

Tozzer Anthropology Building by Kennedy & Violich Architecture

List of jury members:

Anne-Sophie Divenyi AIA, chair, senior capital project manager, Harvard University Office of Physical Resources and Planning; Leonie Bradbury, director of Art and Creative Initiatives, HUBweek; Stephanie Hubbard, principal, SiteCreative; Kathleen MacNeil, principal, MP Boston; Nicole Martineau AIA, senior associate, Arrowstreet; Lee Moreau, principal, Continuum; Paul Pettigrew AIA, coordinator of Undergraduate Initiatives and manager of Special Projects, MIT Architecture; Leah Triplett Harrington, director of Programs and Exhibitions, Fort Point Arts Community; senior editor, Big Red & Shiny; Kishore Varanasi, principal and director of Urban Design, CBT; Jake Wayne, senior lighting designer, Arup.

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 Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 1923. The intent of the award is to acknowledge the “single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years. For more information, visit architects.org/awards.