WMAIA 2016 Design Awards

This program was once again co-hosted by the WMAIA and the Boston Society of Landscape Architects / Western Massachusetts Section.  The program had been co-hosted in 2014 by the two organizations, as well.

The competition was open to any building type or landscape anywhere in the world completed at any time in the last ten years, by any architect or landscape architect whose principal office is currently located in Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties), or who is a member of WMAIA. The sole criterion of the program is design excellence.

THUMBNAIL PHOTOS of all of the submitted projects are displayed below.  The award-winning projects may be sorted by award category.

The jury was comprised of five architectural and landscape professionals from New England:  Manuel Andrade AIA, of the firm Kenneth Irving, Architect PC, Suffern, NY; Greg DeAngelis AIA, from DeAngelis Architectural Services, Mamaroneck, NY; George Gaspar AIA, of Grandberg & Associates Architects, Mount Kisco, NY; John A. Imbiario ASLA, of IQ Landscape Architects PC, White Plains, NY; and Nicholas Viazzo Assoc. AIA, of J. Taylor Design Group New Rochelle NY

The WMAIA received twenty-one submissions.  Five Citation Awards, four Merit Awards and two Honor Awards were presented.

Thank you again to all of the firms and architects who submitted work: your participation and enthusiasm keeps WMAIA strong.

Student Scholarships

The 2016 WMAIA/AIA National Student Scholarships were presented to two UMASS M. Arch students. A $1,000 scholarship was presented to Abhinav Bhargava
and a $500 scholarship to Erica Shannon.
Scholarship Winners

Honorary Memberships

Honorary memberships were presented to State Rep. 3rd Hampshire District Ellen Story, and to Holyoke Director of Planning & Economic Development Marcos A. Marrero.

High Tide

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards CITATION AWARD Carolina Aragon, Amherst, MA This installation is an abstracted marsh landscape that brings attention to the shifting boundary between land and water along Boston’s shoreline. This shifting boundary [...]



WMAIA 2016 Design Awards Entry Pari Riahi Architects Inc., Amherst, MA An unbuilt landscape / garden, composed of a series of planted areas clustered between large screens of plexiglass with color variations ranging from [...]


Revealing Violet

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards Entry Pari Riahi Architects Inc., Amherst, MA An unbuilt landscape / garden. A series of perforated, semi-translucent screens applied with thermo-chromic pigment are placed along the short axis of the [...]


Kernan Studio

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards Entry Naomi Darling Architecture, South Hadley, MA A 700 sf photo studio and dark room addition to a historic 1650 home in Stony Creek, CT. Back to WMAIA Design Awards [...]


Vision 2024

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards Entry Berkshire Design Group, Northampton, MA Vision 2024 was a part of Boston’s recent bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics using western Massachusetts locations to lessen the impact on Boston [...]


Colegrove Park School

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards CITATION AWARD Jones-Whitsett Architects, Greenfield, MA, in association with Dietz & Company Architects, Springfield, MA This ambitious 71,700sf renovation of a 1916 masonry bearing structure restored a critical public school [...]


Olympia Oaks Housing

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards CITATION AWARD Kuhn Riddle Architects, Amherst, MA This project consists of 11 buildings with 42 affordable multifamily rental units and a community building. Rental units are one, two, and three-bedroom [...]



WMAIA 2016 Design Awards CITATION AWARD SITELAB Architecture + Design, Northampton, MA This is a public art and infrastructure project, designed by Caryn Brause AIA and Joseph Krupczynski of the Center for Design Engagement, transforms [...]


Nashawannuck Pond

WMAIA 2016 Design Awards HONOR AWARD Berkshire Design Group, Northampton, MA The Nashawannuck Pond Park Promenade entailed the redevelopment and creation of a new public boardwalk and public park space along the unimproved banks [...]