Kennedy & Violich Architecture was named one of four finalists for the 2017 Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) Design Award’s People’s Choice Award for its design of the Tozzer Anthropology Building at Harvard University. Firm principal Sheila Kennedy was the recipient of the 2014 Berkeley-Rupp Architecture Professorship and Prize and founder and principal Frano Violich (B.A. Arch ‘80) was the managing principal for the project.
Kennedy & Violich’s undertaking reused the existing 1971 building footprint, campus infrastructure connections and steel and concrete structural system to expand the library’s use to a 21st century anthropology curriculum. The redesign added two new stories under a large copper roof volume which rotates to capture daylight for a large internal light well clad in birch wood. A new public entry was added on Divinity Avenue, public access from the new lobby to the Peabody Courtyard and a direct link to the Peabody Museum Collections and Department of Archeology.
The People’s Choice Award is the public jury companion to the juried Harleston Parker Medal, which seeks to recognize “the single most beautiful building or other structure” built in the metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years. Comprised primarily of seasoned architects, designers, journalists, and civic thought leaders, the jury weighs factors such as aesthetics, questions of public or private ownership, technology, social equity, level of sustainability, and budget.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced at the annual BSA Design Awards Gala on February 16, 2017.