Lunder Arts Center Wins BSA Education Facilities Design Award

The Lunder Arts Center at Lesley University is a winner of a BSA Award for Education Facilities Design!

Award levels (honor, award, or citation) were revealed on January 23, 2020 at the annual BSA awards gala.

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]This project makes a bold move, returning a historic church to its original location. The project is made even more impressive by the contemporary addition, whose massing and scale are just right, a perfect complement to the church. Together, the old and the new create a successful space for arts education and exhibition. – Jury Comments[/stblockquote]

Thank you to the BSA and  members of the jury for recognizing the Lunder Arts Center. We are very proud of this achievement!

Smith Campus Center Receives BSA Education Facility Design Citation

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center was recognized at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23rd with a citation with Education Facilities Design.

[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]This is what adaptive reuse should be. A great but difficult Sert building is transformed by warm, welcoming interior spaces and an inviting ground level that gives way to the street and gracefully receives visitors. The student center is a true hub for this urban university’s extended community and its visitors. – Jury Comments[/stblockquote]

Thank you to the Boston Society of Architects and members of the jury for recognizing this transformative higher education project!

Smith Campus Center Wins BSA Harleston Parker Medal

We are pleased to share that the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University is the winner of the 2019 Harleston Parker Medal!

Established in 1921 in memory of Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, this highest honor awarded by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA recognizes “the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure within the City of Metropolitan Parks District limits of Boston.”

The award was revealed on Thursday, January 23rd at the annual BSA Awards Gala, held at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, a previous Harelston Parker Medal winner. A panel of 9 jurors examined and toured each finalist to make their selection.

Harvard Smith Center a Finalist for American-Architects Building of the Year

In 2019, American-Architecture featured 43 buildings throughout the United States in their “Building of the Week” review. Now, polls are open to decide which project will be named Building of the Year.

Among the 43 finalists is the Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center at Harvard University!

To cast your vote for the project you think should be named Building of the Year, visit this page and click on the “vote” button on your favorite project.

Voting closes January 31, 2020 and the winner will be announced on February 3, 2020. Only one vote per email address is possible.

About the Smith Center:
The new Smith Campus Center is a radical reappraisal of the existing ten-story building on the site of the Holyoke Center designed by Josep Lluis Sert in the 1950s. It is part of an ongoing university “Common Spaces” initiative designed to ensure its physical spaces foster the campus’s intellectual, cultural, and social experience and support the wider community.

The project reconfigures the first, second, and tenth floors, reinterpreting the history and logic of Sert’s architecture in a series of additions to, and removals from, the existing fabric to create a family of new internal spaces interspersed with a captured internal and external landscape.

MASS MoCA Wins AIA Interior Architecture Award

MASS MoCA Building 6 is a recipient of the 2020 AIA Interior Architecture Award!

This award, given by the American Institute of Architects, celebrates the most innovative and spectacular interior spaces. We are thrilled that this transformative reuse project was recognized by the jury.

Gathering space at museum prow


MASS MoCA’s Building 6 is a new museum made from found buildings where the spectacular interiors of existing mill structures become a three-dimensional underpainting for new, impactful contemporary art galleries. Read more about the project here.


[stblockquote title=”” top_left=”” author=””]What an incredible project! Born out of the tradition of the Tate Modern Museum in London, this bare-bones remodel leaves most of the existing finishes in place to consciously evoke the industrial history of the building and emphasizes the reliance of art on industrial sites for their scale and economy. – Jury comment[/stblockquote]

View the official AIA award announcement here.

Vote for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award

The Richard A. & Susan F. Smith Campus Center is a finalist for the Harleston Parker People’s Choice Award!

Each year, the BSA selects one building to receive the Harleston Parker Medal, recognizing it as “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area. All Harleston Parker Medal finalists are also finalists for The People’s Choice Award. The People’s Choice is determined by online voting and encourages voters to think about what they value and think of as “beautiful” in architecture.

Anyone may vote in this poll, open now through January 23, 2020 at 12pm. The winner of both the People’s Choice Award and the Harleston Parker Medal will be announced at the BSA Awards Gala on January 23, 2020.

Cast your vote here!