The WMAIA Design Awards program is held every two years, in even-numbered years. This awards program alternates with the Green Giants Award program, which is held every two years in odd-numbered years.

In 2020, the WMAIA received 14 entries. Two Honor Awards – the highest award category – were presented; two Merit Awards were given, and two Citation Awards were presented. The Chapter also held an informal Architects’ Choice runoff during the Annual Meeting; one project was given that award.

The entries and winners are shown below, and can be sorted.

The competition was open to any building type or landscape project anywhere in the world completed at any time in the last seven years (after January 1, 2013), if the architecture firm/architect-of-record or landscape architect currently has its principal office in Western Massachusetts, which is defined for the purposes of this program as Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties or if the architect having a lead project role (i.e., Project Principal, Project Designer, Project Architect, Project Manager) is a member of WMAIA. The sole criterion of the program is design excellence.

View 2018 WMAIA Design Awards entries and winners.

View 2016 WMAIA Design Awards entries and winners.

WMAIA Design Awards entries and winners from years prior to 2016 are not available on the website.

WMAIA 2020 Design Awards

The WMAIA 2020 Design Awards program was held in conjunction with the Western Massachusetts Section of the Boston Society of Landscape Architects, and was sponsored by Pella Products and Keiter Builders.

This year’s awards were juried by members of neighboring chapters in the AIA New England region: Susan Phillips-Hungerford AIA is Principal of Susan Philips-Hungerford Architects in Peterborough NH; Susan has also been on the faculty of the BAC.  She is active in the AIA New Hampshire Chapter and is chair of the AIANH Awards Committee. Susan received her MArch from the University of Colorado and her BS in Environmental Design from UMass/Amherst.  She also studied at the University of Copenhagen Royal Danish School of Architecture. Andrew Schlatter AIA is Vice President for Facilities Management and Planning at Bennington College and is treasurer of AIA Vermont.  Previously Andrew worked as an associate and project architect at KieranTimberlake in Philadelphia.  He received his MArch and MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. Kathryn Wise AIA is Manager of Architectural Services for LLBean and is Vice-President AIA Maine.  Kathryn is a graduate of the UMass/Amherst MArch program and, while a student, served as the AIAS member of the WMAIA Board.

Student Scholarships

This is the 11th year that we have been able to offer scholarships to local students, with the support of AIA National and Pella.

Submissions are judged for design excellence, clarity of presentation and community and/or University engagement by the applicant.

The 2020 WMAIA/AIA National Student Scholarships were presented to two UMASS Amherst students in the M. Arch program: to Micaela Goodrich (below right), honoring her design for renovation and addition to the American Museum of Tort Law in Connecticut, and to Brenden Baitch (below left) for his design of a U.S. Consulate Building for Rio de Janeiro.

Honorary Memberships

Every two years the WMAIA awards an honorary membership to a person who otherwise would not be eligible for membership, but who has made significant contributions to architecture, design and/or environmental causes in Western Massachusetts.

This year, honorary memberships were presented to Joseph Krupczynski (below left), Director / Civic Engagement & Service-Learning at UMass/Amherst, for his many years of work in engaging local communities with the architectural world; and Dennis O’Rourke (below right), (recently retired) Representative for Pella Products, for his long-term support of, and work with, the WMAIA and the architectural community.


Teen Housing

WMAIA 2020 Design Awards MERIT AWARD Jones Whitsett Architects, Greenfield, MA This four unit microhousing project for DIAL/SELF Youth and Community Services provides a needed option to young adults living in Northampton who might [...]



WMAIA 2020 Design Awards ENTRY c&h architects, Amherst, MA Single-family home renovation in a quiet local neighborhood. The design takes an inward-looking 1930s Dutch Colonial in a local historic district and connects it to [...]


Ravens’ Roost

WMAIA 2020 Design Awards ARCHITECTS' CHOICE Fitch Architecture & Community Design, Amherst, MA Raven’s Roost was shaped by the residents’ deep love for Alaska’s beauty; by a fluid relationship to environment, seasons and light; [...]


Low Impact High End

WMAIA 2020 Design Awards ENTRY c&h architects, Amherst, MA This home was built on the foundation of an existing underperforming and poorly constructed house. The existing structure was not worth saving, but reusing the [...]