2013 Accessible Design Awards

With the cold days of winter upon us, how fitting it is for us to look back to a beautiful warm summer day on August 23rd, when the 2013 Accessible Design Awards were held in the Massachusetts State House, Hall of Flags.  The Accessible Design Awards are sponsored by the Architectural Access Board (AAB), and its partner in the event, The Boston Society of Architects. 

The awards ceremony was well attended by public officials, award winners, architects, and friends and family; all present for this very special event.  Following light refreshments, I, as the Executive Director of the Architectural Access Board, was honored to give the opening welcome presentation, thanking the Boston Society of Architects for their continued work and support the staff of the AAB, and the judges who reviewed and voted in favor of eight projects eligible to receive this year’s design awards. 

Prior to this writing, I took some time to look back at the program to see just how many projects have received an Accessible Design Award in the past. Since 1997, the program has recognized 57 projects, 14 for the “William D. Smith Memorial Award”, 38 for “Public Architecture” and 5 for “Private Residential” design. Those numbers are a statement of the continued effort across Massachusetts, to make our state a place that is accessible to all persons with disabilities. The changes to the built environment take time and as shown in this year’s wining projects, the end result is beautiful design for all to utilize and enjoy.

And now, for the Architectural Access Board 2013 Design Award winners .  Please enjoy the descriptions and follow the links to view pictures and other information on the winners.