Isamu Kanda AIA
principal, I-Kanda Architects
Denise Rush ASID, IIDA
director, Undergraduate Interior Architecture, Boston Architectural College
Felice Silverman FIIDA
co-founder and principal, Silverman Trykowski Associates
This jury made a concerted effort to think critically about each real-world project, assessing it beyond its two-dimensional beauty—though a unique aesthetic approach was also essential to a project’s success—and gravitated toward work that prioritizes people by enhancing everyday life, whatever the program. The jurors responded to smart use of materials, well executed details, and design that offers something unexpected, forward-thinking, or even weird.
A handful of projects married good user experience with refreshing design concepts and details. The jury was encouraged by the number of submissions—a testament to all the interior architecture and design work that needs doing—though ultimately they wished there had been more innovative projects in the pool. The 2018 jury would like to charge the next round of applicants—and New England’s design community as a whole—with making more surprising, delightful, and striking moves to create remarkable places for people.