Boston Design Week 2023 Design Awards

FRiday EVENING, May 5, 2023

 Details to be Announced! 

The 2022 Boston Design Week Awards event took place Friday evening May 6th at the Boston Design Center to a sold out crowd of BDW participants, sponsors, media sponsors, leadership committee members and guests. Enjoy these scenes from the event, and the announcement of the recipients of the awards. All photos: Tara Carvalho

1. Boston Design Week Co-Producer Tony Fusco addresses the audience at the BDW Awards Gala May 6, 2022.

2. Boston Design Week Co-Producer Robert Four (Left) and Andrew Martineau of Zero Empty Spaces, nominated for a Social Impact Award.

3. (Left to Right), Josh Munsey of The Muncey Group Real Estate, Kevin Cradock of Kevin Cradock Builders, and John Speridakos of Cosmos Painting.

4. Oren Sherman of Elkus Manfredi Architects, recipient of the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award.

5. Charles Spada of Charles Spada Interiors, now located in SoWa, accepting the “Mentor of the Year” Award.

6. (Left to Right), Dara Cheek, Melony Swasey and Abigail Norman of the Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts in Jamaica Plain, accepting the Producers’ Choice Award.

7. (Left to Right), John David Corey and Miguel Rosales of Rosales and Partners, designer of the Zakim Bridge nominated for a Social Impact Award, with Ed Forte and Sandra Madden of the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain.

8. Interior Designer Christine Tuttle on the BDW Leadership Committee with Tony Fusco, Co-Producer, Boston Design Week.

9. Mary Park of UX Architecture Studio, receiving the Newcomer of the Year Award for UX Architecture Studio founder Susi Sanchez, presented by Betty Moore, Publisher of Builder + Architect Magazine.

10. Sculptor and artist Michael Mittelman received the Social Impact Award for his “Bowls for Food” hunger relief program.

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March 25-April 5

The Awards:

2022 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Oren Sherman, Artist, Educator, Visual Storyteller


The Boston Design Week Lifetime Achievement Award is presented to an outstanding individual in the world of design
whose work has spanned both the 20th & 21st centuries.

Past recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award include:

2009 - Vladimir Kagan, Designer and Architect

2010 - Dakota Jackson, Furniture Designer

2011 - Massimo and Lella Vignelli, Designers

2012 - Vicente Wolf, Interior Designer

2013 - John P. Axelrod, Collector and Philanthropist

2014 - Susan Park, Preservationist

2015 - Robert Campbell, Architecture Critic

2016 - Virginia Bohlin, Antiques Columnist, Boston Globe

2017 - Jonathan Leo Fairbanks, Decorative Arts Curator

           Emeritus, MFA Boston

2018 - Maurice N. Finegold, Finegold Alexander Architects

2019 - Roger Thomas, EVP, Wynn Design and Development

2020 - Awards were postponed.

2021 - Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, Furniture Maker

Oren Sherman has designed exclusive artwork for a wide variety of clients that include Steuben Glass, PepsiCo, the Disney Corporation, the Olympics, Visa, Hermès, Mobil Oil, and the U.S. Postal Service among others, developing custom artwork that is colorful, sophisticated, and contemporary. He is an alumnus and professor at the acclaimed Rhode Island School of Design where he recently launched an innovative giving campaign kicked off by leaving his own digital IP to the institution. His work lives at the intersection between visual storytelling, art and architecture, focusing on applying two-dimensional work in a three-dimensional way using the tools of narrative, color, and pattern to create an experiential space. His upcoming presentation on June 25 at TEDxProvincetown, Finding Creativity: A Solo Journey to a Connected Place, complements his work at Elkus Manfredi Architects where he crafts strategic narratives and original artworks, creating a multilevel, subliminal experience that resonates as an unspoken message. 

Producers' Choice Award

The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts


In recognition of The Eliot School's educational achievements in the world of craft and creativity, its drive to inspire lifelong learning, its efforts to contribute to a more just and equal world, and its commitment to provide a safe, creative learning environment for students, teachers, and staff of any nationality, ethnic origin, race, color, religion, physical ability, economic status, documentation status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, the Producers of Boston Design week will present The Eliot School of Fine & Applied Arts with the 2022 Producers' Choice Award.

Other Awards Announced and Presented at the Event

• Social Impact Award

• Newcomer of the Year

• Mentor of the Year, co-sponsored by The Over My Shoulder Foundation

The Social Impact Award is given to an outstanding individual, project, development, innovation or business in any design field that has contributed a design solution large or small  to any urgent issue facing our world: societal, environmental, economic, health and wellness, poverty, affordability, sustainability or other. 


* Michael Mittelman, Founder and Designer, Bowls for Food

Marion Greely & Kate Donegan, Founding Partners, Cece DuPraz

Miguel Rosales, Principal, Rosales + Partners

Evan Snow and Andrew Martineau, Co-Founders, Zero Empty Spaces

The Newcomer of the Year Award is given to an outstanding individual (or individuals) in any design field, who has launched a new product, design process, design business or other innovation within the past 5 years.


Carly Blackmore, Owner, Habitat Design

Michael Mittelman, Founder and Designer, M. Stahl Design

Mya Royal, Owner and Fashion Designer, MYA ROYAL 

* Susi Sanchez, UX Architecture Studio

The Mentor of the Year Award is given to an outstanding role model in any design field who encourages involvement in professional opportunities and provides exemplary guidance or training in their discipline to students, staff members, colleagues or the public.  The Mentor of the Year Award is co-sponsored by The Over My Shoulder Foundation.


Sam Aquillano, Executive and Creative Director, Design Museum Foundation

Tris Nuland, Principal, Grapevine Interiors

* Charles Spada, Principal, Charles Spada Interiors

Jenna Talbott, Editor-in-Chief, New England Home

_______________________________2022 Boston Design Week Leadership Committee ___________________________

Judith Anderson, Chair,

Industrial Design, MassArt


Sam Aquillano,

Founder/Executive Director, 

Design Museum Foundation


John P. Axelrod and Darwin Cordoba


Nancy E. Berry, Editor

Northshore Magazine


Kelly Brilliant, Executive Director,

Fenway Alliance 


Nina Brogna

National Account Director, Boston Home

Nick Capasso

Fitchburg Museum of Art


Dawn Carroll, Founder, 

Over My Shoulder Foundation


Greg Cerio, Editor in Chief, 

The Magazine Antiques


David and Nancy Colella,

The Colonnade Hotel 

Kevin Cradock

Kevin Cradock Builders


Carlotta Cubi, 



Genevieve Day, Assistant Director

Fenway Alliance


Julia H. Donahue,

Baystate Financial 


Michelle DuBois 

Director, Winston Art Group


Kathy Bush Dutton,

Publisher, New England Home


Cathy Edwards,  Executive Director,
New England Foundation for the Arts

Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston


Colleene Fesko

Fine Art Consultant 

Rita A. Fucillo, Art New England

Nonie Gadsden, Curator of Decorative Arts & Sculpture, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, President Emeritus, North Bennet Street School


David J Hacin and Tim Grafft, FAIA 

Hacin + Associates

Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, the Rose-Marie & Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director & CEO, Peabody Essex Museum


Eric Haydel, Principal-Creative Director, Eric Haydel Design

Rhiannon Hayes,

Director of Business Development

TSP Smart Spaces


Kyle Hoepner, Writer, editor,
stylist and image consultant


Allison Iantosca,

Owner/President, F.H. Perry Builders


Diane and David Jensen

Jensen Fine Arts 


Cheryl and Jeffrey Katz

C&J Katz Studio

Allison Kemmerer, Mary Stripp and R. Crosby Kemper Director,
Addison Gallery of American Art


Joyce Kulhawik & Andrew Cohen


Ted Landsmark 

Brigitte Martin

Director, Society of Arts & Crafts

Jessica May

Director, Art and Exhibitions deCordova Museum and Sculpture Park 

Meghan Melvin, Sharf Curator of Design, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Tim Montgomery

Publisher, New Venture Media


Betty Moore

Publisher, Builder + Architect

Taniya Nayak,

Taniya Nayak Design


Nancy Netzer 

McMullen Museum of Art


Melanie Perillo, Publisher

Boston Design Guide


Shannon Pastuszak, Publisher,
Modern Luxury Interiors Boston


Jessica Roscio

Director and Curator, Danforth Art


Lynda Roscoe Hartigan

Director, Peabody Essex Museum


Charles Spada

Owner, Charles Spada


Don Sparacin,

Publisher, The Magazine Antiques


Jason Talbot

Deputy Director, Artists for Humanity


Christine Gilchrist Tuttle

Christine Tuttle Design

and others to be announced.

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