founder / principal, BuildingBOS
Gabriel Cira AIA
History of Art, MassArt
architect & historic preservation consultant, ARCH CIRA
Timothy Lock AIA
COTE co-chair, AIA Maine
Michelle Maheu AIA, LEED AP
director of planning, design & construction
applied policy fellow
Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics
The AIA Framework for Design Excellence is a well-established set of guidelines that all planners should be aspiring to in their work. Using this framework with a keen awareness of diversity in both the project submissions and the members of our jury, we enjoyed a rich and thoughtful deliberation.
We focused on topics of great importance such as climate resiliency, affordable housing, and community experience. Careful consideration was given to the final awards, which are seen as important examples of leadership in our design industry, and should represent not only design excellence, but also stand as valuable planning resources for our community. Good urban planning is where people excel.
Our initial approach was to award projects under “Campus” and “Urban Planning”. After discussions, and using the Boston Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines & Zoning Overlay District as an example, we would like to see future submissions awarded as a “Source”—re-use or resiliency toolkit or dei, for example.