The Boston Society of Architects Award: 4380 Bronx Blvd

We are very happy to announce that 4380 Bronx Boulevard has received a Housing Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.  This marks the 4th prize we’ve had the honor of receiving from the BSA, following the John C. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing for Intervale Green and Louis Nine House, a Housing Design Award for True Colors Residence in 2012, and an Educational Facility Design Citation for New Settlement Community Campus in 2013.

ESKW/A is especially proud of this shelter, the design of which was headed up by Philip Jenkin, Kelly Kurlbaum, and Tatjana Sofkoska, with partner Andrew Knox.  The team was able to find creative ways to flood the renovated manufacturing facility with natural light, creating a bright and airy environment.

From the jury: “Through careful material selection, the designers have created a space that is extremely hardy but avoids the drab, heavy feel of many shelters. This is a very smart, restrained project with an admirable concept.”


The BSA Awards Gala

By Kimberly Murphy, AIA, Associate, ESKW/A

On behalf of the entire New Settlement Community Campus team, I was honored to attend the 3rd Annual Boston Society of Architects (BSA) Awards Gala and accept our Citation Award for Educational Facilities Design with my husband Mark Wagner. The sold-out Gala was a wonderful evening of professional camaraderie, as well as a great reason for a mini-trip to Boston. The Gala was held at the Boston InterContinental Hotel with sweeping views of the Boston Harbor and Fort Point Channel. The festive atmosphere was perfect for making connections with other architects working in an urban environment.

Ben Gebo Photography

We were able to meet up with former ESKW/A co-workers Janine Sutton and Kelly Kurlbaum and catch up on their professional and personal lives. I was shockingly unable to convince them to leave miserably cold Boston and return to horrendously cold New York, but I will try again in the spring.


We even managed to fit in a visit to the Institute of Contemporary Art by Diller + Scofidio + Renfro which was our first time seeing the impressive building. Unfortunately we were a day too early and missed the Nick Cave exhibit, but the building itself was enough for two architects away from their kids for a day.

It was an honor to be recognized by our peers for design achievement for New Settlement Community Campus.two-images

Gala photos by Ben Gebo,

New Settlement Community Campus is Honored with Awards

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As the school year commences, we are proud to announce that New Settlement Community Campus, designed in partnership with Dattner Architects for Settlement Housing Fund and the NYCSCA, has recently received several awards:

Boston Society of Architects – Educational Facilities Awards

Society of American Registered Architects, National Council – Award Level TBD

Society of American Registered Architects, New York Council – Award of Honor

Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council – Award Level TBD

Brick in Architecture Award – Best in Class for Educational Facility

We are thrilled that this project has been recognized by our larger architectural community. We wish the schools another wonderful school year; we applaud New Settlement for their extensive programming that allows the building to buzz with life.

Above, Jeff Dugan, AIA, Principal, of Dattner and Andrew Knox, AIA, Partner, of ESKW/A, enjoy dessert at the SARA NY Awards gala.

True Colors receives BSA award at Gala


by Janine Sutton

I was honored to represent ESKW/A at the 2nd Annual Boston Society Of Architects (BSA) Awards Gala. We are proud that our project True Colors Residence for non-profit West End Residences was honored with a BSA Design Citation Award in the Housing Category. The sold-out event brought designers, collaborators, contractors, engineers, and owners together for an inspiring night to celebrate excellence in design. Festively decorated, the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Marriot Copely Place hosted an opportunity to meet other architects and professionals in related fields.


The photos of the winning projects scrolled on two large projection screens throughout the evening, giving every attendee a taste of the diverse practices and honored buildings. It was exciting to see True Colors Residence among them.



Jane Thompson received the BSA Award of Honor. Her inspiring speech touched on her diverse career, from working with Walter Gropius, to the instantly successful Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, to waterfront revitalization projects around the world.

The Gala was great fun, an inspiring night, and a good excuse to get dressed up! It is gratifying to be recognized by our peers for work with clients whose social missions continue to inspire us.

You can see more about the Gala on here, and on Flickr. 

All photos in this post were used with permission from the BSA. All ©2013 Ben Gebo Photography.