Awarded By

Boston Society of Architects


This prize is offered by the Boston Society of Architects, a chapter of the AIA. Upon nomination by the faculty, it is awarded annually for the best final design project submitted by an MArch degree candidate. MArch I and MArch II students who do a thesis and receive Distinction or High Pass for their final thesis project are automatically nominated. Graduating MArch II students who do not do a thesis must be nominated by their final studio instructor.

Nature of Award

Type of award:

  • Honors (medal, certificate, book, trophy, etc)
  • Exhibition, publication, or other display of work

Full description of award:
Certificate, letter, gallery exhibition

Number Available



General restrictions:

  • Must be Harvard student
  • Must be GSD student
  • Specific degree/program (see below)

Full description of eligibility restrictions:
Graduating MArch students


MArch I Students: The Program Coordinator will share a copy of the final PDF submitted by students who received a grade of HP or DIS on their thesis with the committee.

MArch II Students: Students who are nominated by their final studio instructor will be contacted by the department and asked to upload their final design project. The 2016 deadline for submission of application materials will be in May (exact date TBD).

A final vote will be made at the last departmental meeting of the semester and announced at the GSD commencement ceremonies. The students will be notified during the final department meeting of the year, and contacted by the exhibitions department.

Basis of Award

Best thesis or final design project


See above.

When Awarded



Architecture Dept (Rm 207)

Previous Winners

2018: MArch I, Hyojin Kwon
MArch II, Scarlet Ziwei Song
2017: MArch I, Jonathan Rieke
MArch II, Zahra Safaverdi
2016: MArch I, Joshua Feldman
MArch II, Sofia Blanco Santos and Caio Barboza
2015: MArch I, Meng Li
MArch II, Chloe Brunner
2014: MArch I, Linda Zhang
MArch II, Yaohua Wang
2013: MArch I, James Leng
MArch II, Mariano Gomez Luque
2012: MArch I, Ben Brady
MArch II, Yarinda Bunnag and Mark Rukamathu
2011: MArch I, Gregory Tran
MArch II, Etien Santiago
2010: MArch I, Megan Panzano
MArch II, Nicolas Fayad
2009: MArch I, Maja Paklar
MArch II, Jennifer Bonner
2008: Behrang Behin
2007: Andrew Wells Baccon
2006: Richard Lam
2005: Daniel Sewall Adams
2004: Jason Halaby
2003: Angus Eade, Bryan Young
2002: Christian CV Alba
2001: Steven Lee
2000: Thomas Robinson
1999: Michael Samra, Maiya Dos and Lindsay Smith
1998: Leekyung Han, Alexandra Barker
1997: Matthew Littell
1996: Eric Bunge
1995: Daniel Castor, Paul Yuen