The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) is excited to reveal the top four contenders for the prestigious 2023 Harleston Parker Medal. This accolade, inaugurated in 1921 to commemorate the legacy of Boston architect J. Harleston Parker, is awarded annually by a discerning panel comprised of artists, designers, architects, civic officials, and urban planners. It honors “the single most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument, or structure erected in the metropolitan Boston area over the last decade.”
Furthermore, the BSA invites the general public to participate by casting their votes for the finalists, aiming to determine the recipient of the People’s Choice Award. This aspect of the award highlights that beauty in architecture can be perceived differently by the public compared to the jury’s view, thereby broadening the acknowledgment and understanding of design’s role in enhancing our communities. The 2022 People’s Choice Award was given to the King Open/Cambridge Street Upper School and Community Complex, while the Harleston Parker Medal was bestowed upon the “As If It Were Already Here” aerial sculpture by artist Janet Echelman.
The community is encouraged to vote for their preferred new architectural work in Boston by February 16. You are able to vote here if you wish to.
The announcement of the People’s Choice Award winner, along with the Harleston Parker Medal recipient, will be a highlight of the BSA’s Annual Awards Gala on March 7, with a public announcement following on March 8. This event not only celebrates architectural and design excellence in the Boston area but also supports the BSA Foundation. The Foundation strives to connect architectural professionals with the community to enhance the quality of life for residents through innovative and sustainable design, with a focus on social equity. Proceeds from the gala directly support these initiatives.