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Boston Society for Architecture Celebrates 2023 Design Award Winners

Berklee College of Music (Photo courtesy of William Rawn Associates)
Berklee College of Music (Photo courtesy of William Rawn Associates)
Center for Computing & Data Sciences (Photo courtesy of Nic Lehoux)
Center for Computing & Data Sciences (Photo courtesy of Nic Lehoux)
Wellesley College Science Complex (Photo courtesy of Dave Burk)
Wellesley College Science Complex (Photo courtesy of Dave Burk)
BOSTON, MA — The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) recently held its annual awards gala to celebrate the people and projects that advance excellence in architecture and design in and around Boston. The BSA and its juries bestowed 54 awards that recognize the power of the built environment to empower communities, promote change, and build a more sustainable and equitable Boston.

The winner of the Harleston Parker Medal to recognize "the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years" is Berklee Tower, Berklee College of Music, designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. The jury found that "the spaces within the building fill the users with hope and that the beauty can be found not just in the design of the building, but also within the people that inhabit it." With this award, William Rawn Associates has won the Harleston Parker Medal four times since 2005.

"The annual BSA Gala Awards showcase the extensive talent and innovation in the Boston design community," said BSA President Sam Batchelor, AIA. "The incredible work being done reflects our commitment to improving the quality of life for Boston-area residents by solving critical equity and sustainability challenges in built environment."

Projects were evaluated by a jury of architects, designers, artists, public servants, planners, and more from Boston and across the country, and three levels of design awards were bestowed — Honor, Merit, and Impact Advancement Commendation. Additionally, five annual BSA awards were conferred including the Harleston Parker Medal, the Harleston Parker People's Choice Award, the Commonwealth Award, the BSA Award of Honor, and the Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designer's Award.

2023 BSA Award Winners
  • Harleston Parker Medal
  • Project: Berklee College of Music, Berklee Tower 160 Mass Ave (2013)
  • Firm: William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc.

  • Harleston Parker People's Choice Award
  • Project: Center for Computing & Data Sciences at Boston University (2022)
  • Firm: KPMB Architects
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  • Built Design Excellence, Educational Facilities - Honor Award
  • Project: Wellesley College Science Complex
  • Firm: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill

  • Built Design Excellence, Housing - Honor Award
  • Project: River House
  • Firm: Jonathan Levi Architects

  • Built Design Excellence, Interior Architecture - Honor Award
  • Project: Kendall Square Workspace
  • Firm: Utile, Inc.

  • Built Design Excellence, Other - Honor Award
  • Project: Eastway Regional Rec Center
  • Firm: Sasaki

  • Small Firms, Interior Architecture - Honor Award
  • Project: NOBULL Headquarters
  • Firm: Studio Luz

  • Unbuilt Planning Design, Planning - Honor Award
  • Project: Vision Lynn Comprehensive Plan
  • Firm: Utile, Inc.

  • Unbuilt Planning Design, Conceptual - Honor Award
  • Project: Dry Dock Greenhouse
  • Firm: Paul Lukez Architecture

  • Commonwealth Award
  • HEET and Boston Green Ribbon Commission

  • BSA Award of Honor
  • Carole Wedge, FAIA

  • Earl R. Flansburgh Young Designer Award
  • Kyle Barker, AIA
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