Harleston Parker Medal

Inside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition, winner of the 2015 Harleston Parker Medal. Designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Stantec

The Harleston Parker Medal was established in 1921 by J. Harleston Parker to recognize “such architects as shall have, in the opinion of the Boston Society of Architects for any private citizen, association, corporation, or public authority, the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the limits of the City of Boston or of the Metropolitan Parks District”.

Interior of Boston City Hall, 1969 recipient of the Harleston Parker Medal. Designed by Kallmann McKinnell and Knowles in association with Campbell, Aldrich & Nulty and LeMessurier Associates
Design Research International, 1970 Harleston Parker Medal recipient, designed by Benjamin Thompson and Associates

Projects in the Greater Boston area built in the past 10 years by any architect anywhere in the world are eligible. This area includes Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Braintree, Brookline, Cambridge, Canton, Chelsea, Dedham, Dover, Everett, Hingham, Hull, Lynn, Malden, Medford, Melrose, Milton, Nahant, Needham, Newton, Quincy, Revere, Saugus, Somerville, Stoneham, Swampscott, Wakefield, Waltham, Watertown, Wellesley, Weston, Weymouth, Winchester, Winthrop and Woburn.[1]

List of medal recipients

Year Architect Building Location
1923 Coolidge and Shattuck Boston Lying-in Hospital Boston
1924 Parker, Thomas and Rice John Hancock Building Boston
1925 No award
1926 Maginnis & Walsh Science Building, Boston College Brookline
1927 Ralph Harrington Doane Motor Mart Boston
1928 No award
1929 No award
1930 Richard J. Shaw Immaculate Conception Convent Malden
1931 No award
1932 No award
1933 No award
1934 Perry, Shaw & Hepburn Alice Longfellow Hall, Radcliffe Cambridge
1935 No award
1936 Allen, Collens & Willis Newton City Hall Newton
1937 No award
1938 Coolidge Shepley Bulfinch and Abbott Lowell House, Harvard Cambridge
1939 Cram & Ferguson Conventual Church of St. Mary and St. John Cambridge
1940 No award
1941 Richard J. Shaw Edward Hatch Memorial Music Shell Boston
1942 No award
1943 Perry, Shaw & Hepburn Houghton Library, Harvard University Cambridge
1944 No award
1945 No award
1946 Richard J. Shaw St. Clement's Church West Somerville
1947 No award
1948 No award
1949 Richmond & Goldberg Southern Brookline Community Center, Temple Emeth Brookline
1950 Cram & Ferguson John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., Berkeley St. Boston
1951 Brown, DeMars, Kennedy, Koch & Rapson 100 Memorial Drive apartment building Cambridge
1952 Arland A. Dirlam University Lutheran Church Cambridge
1953 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Allston Burr Lecture Hall, Harvard Cambridge
1954 Maginnis & Walsh & Kennedy Nazareth Child Care Center Boston
1955 Hugh Stubbins & Associates Country School Weston
1956 Richard J. Shaw Corpus Christi Church Auburndale
1957 Anderson Beckwith & Haible Boston Manufacturers Mutual and Mutual Boiler Machinery Co. Office Building Waltham
1958 Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Karl Taylor Compton Laboratories, MIT Cambridge
1959 José Luis Sert Sert Residence at 64 Francis Street Cambridge
1960 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Quincy House, Harvard Cambridge
1961 The Architects Collaborative Academic Quadrangle, Brandeis Waltham
1962 No award
1963 No award
1964 Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret) in association with Sert, Jackson & Gourley Carpenter Visual Arts Center, Harvard Cambridge
1965 I.M. Pei & Associates The Earth Sciences Building (The Green Center for Earth Sciences), MIT Cambridge
1966 Sert, Jackson & Gourley Peabody Terrace, Harvard Cambridge
1967 Sert Jackson and Associates Holyoke Center, Harvard Cambridge
1968 No award
1969 Kallmann McKinnell and Knowles in association with Campbell, Aldrich & Nulty and LeMessurier Associates Boston City Hall Boston
1970 Benjamin Thompson and Associates Design Research International Cambridge
1971 Edward Larrabee Barnes FAIA and Emery Roth and Sons, Associated Architects New England Merchants National Bank Building Boston
1972 The Architects Collaborative Children's Hospital Medical Center Boston
1973 Benjamin Thompson and Associates Monroe C. Gutman Library, Graduate School of Education, Harvard Cambridge
1974 Kallmann and McKinnell Boston Five Cents Savings Bank Boston
1975 I.M. Pei & Partners, in association with Araldo Cossutta, Architect Christian Science Center, Boston Boston
1976 Sert Jackson and Associates Harvard University Science Center Cambridge
1977 Benjamin Thompson and Associates Quincy Market Building, Faneuil Hall Marketplace Boston
1978 The Architects Collaborative Josiah Quincy Community School Boston
1979 Charles G. Hilgenhurst Associates East Cambridge Savings Bank Cambridge
1980 I.M. Pei & Partners Dreyfus Laboratory, MIT Cambridge
1981 The Stubbins Associates Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Boston
1982 Kallmann McKinnell & Wood American Academy of Arts and Sciences Cambridge
1983 I.M. Pei & Partners John Hancock Tower Boston
1984 No award
1985 Graham Gund Architects Church Court Condominiums Boston
1986 No award
1987 Perry Dean Rogers & Partners Wellesley College Science Center Wellesley
1988 Koetter, Kim & Associates Codex World Headquarters Canton
1989 Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Hynes Convention Center Boston
1990 Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Shad Hall, Harvard Business School Allston
1991 Frank O. Gehry & Associates with Schwartz/Silver Architects 360 Newbury Street Boston
1992 SOM, Parsons Brinkerhoff Quade & Douglas, The Halvorson Company, Ellenzweig Associates, and LeMessurier Consultants The Park and Garage at Post Office Square Boston
1993 Schwartz/Silver Architects Rotch Library, MIT Cambridge
1994 Kallmann McKinnell & Wood Hauser Hall, Harvard Law School Cambridge
1995 No award
1996 Leers Weinzapfel Associates in association with Chisholm Washington Architects George Robert White Youth Development Center Boston
1997 Stanley Saitowitz New England Holocaust Memorial Boston
1998 No award
1999 Shared Award: Graham Gund Architects; TAMS/Gannet Fleming/URS/Wallace Floyd Design Group/Stull and Lee The Lincoln School, Brookline; Vent Building #7 at Logan Airport Brookline; Boston
2000 Jose Rafael Moneo, Arquitecto and Payette Associates Davis Art Museum and Cultural Center, Wellesley College Wellesley
2001 Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott Boston Public Library renovation of the original McKim Mead & White building Boston
2002 Office dA in association with SmartArchitecture Northeastern University Multi-Faith Spiritual Center Boston
2003 Machado and Silvetti Associates Honan-Allston Branch Library Allston
2004 Steven Holl Architects with Perry Dean Rogers Partners Simmons Hall, MIT Cambridge
2005 William Rawn Associates Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science & Residence Boston
2006 Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects Wang Campus Center, Wellesley College Wellesley
2007 Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Perry Dean Rogers Partners Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston Boston
2008 Behnisch, Behnisch + Partner with Next Phase Studio [Genzyme Center]http://genzymecenter.com Cambridge
2009 Anmahian Winton Architects Community Rowing, Inc. Brighton
2010 William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. with Ann Beha Architects Cambridge Public Library Cambridge
2011 Kyu Sung Woo Architects 10 Akron Street at Memorial Drive Cambridge
2012 Fumihiko Maki | Maki and Associates with Leers Weinzapfel Associates MIT Media Lab Cambridge
2013 Jonathan Levi Architects, Lead Design Architect/Architect of Record with Burt Hill (now Stantec), Associated Architect Roger E. Wellington Elementary School Belmont
2014 Foster + Partners with CBT Architects The Art of the Americas Wing - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Boston
2015 Renzo Piano Building Workshop with Stantec Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Addition Boston


  1. "Harleston Parker Medal". Boston Society of Architects AIA.
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