PLAN 84: Article
New Media Lab Building: 'most Beautiful In Boston'

MIT’s Fifth Winner of BSA’s Harleston Parker Medal

SA+P’s new Media Lab building, designed by Fumihiko Maki in association with Leers Weinzapfel of Boston, has been awarded the Harleston Parker Medal by the Boston Society of Architects. The intent of the award is to acknowledge Boston’s most beautiful piece of architecture; five of MIT’s buildings have now been honored with the award – four of them designed at least in part by SA+P alums – as have a number of others by our alumni and faculty.

At MIT, previous Harleston Parker Medals have gone to:

The Dreyfus Laboratory and Green Center for Earth Sciences, both designed by
  alumnus I.M. Pei (Pei also won in 1975 for Boston’s Christian Science Center and
   in 1983 for Boston’s John Hancock Tower)

The Karl Taylor Compton Laboratories, designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
  (which was founded by alumni John Merrill and Louis Skidmore; SOM also won in
  1992 for The Park and Garage at Post Office Square in Boston)

The Arthur Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, designed by
  Schwartz/Silver Architects

Simmons Hall, designed by Steven Holl Architects with Perry Dean Rogers
  Partners (alumnus Robert Dean was a founder of Perry Dean Rogers)

Among our alumni, William Rawn and Ann Beha won in 2010 for their Cambridge Public Library; William Rawn Associates won in 2005 for Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science & Residence; and Robert Dean won in 1987 for the Wellesley College Science Center.

Among our faculty, Nader Tehrani’s Office dA won in 2002 for the Northeastern University Multi-Faith Spiritual Center (in association with SmartArchitecture); and, reaching back into history:

Ralph Adams Cram (in 1939 for the Conventual Church of St. Mary and
  St. John in Cambridge and in 1950 for the John Hancock Mutual Life Building
  in Boston)

William Brown, Vernon DeMars, Carl Koch and Ralph Rapson (in 1951 for
  100 Memorial Drive in Cambridge)

Lawrence B. Anderson and Herbert Beckwith (in 1957 for the Boston
  Manufacturers Mutual and Mutual Boiler Machinery Company Office Building
  in Waltham)

Kyu Sung Woo (in 2011 for 10 Akron Street at Memorial Drive)