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BDW Awards

Boston Design Week 2023 Design Awards

FRiday EVENING, May 5, 2023, 5:30-8:30pm

At Cascieri Hall, Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston

The 2023 Boston Design Week Awards are Sponsored by

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Vectorworks, Inc. is a U.S.-based software development company that focuses on CAD and BIM software for the architecture, engineering, and construction, landscape, and entertainment industries. 

The Awards:

2023 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Thomas Moser, Furniture Maker and Founder, Thos. Moser


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

2022 - Oren Sherman, Artist, Educator, Visual Storyteller

Thomas Moser was born on February 23, 1935, in Chicago, Illinois – the second of two boys to Josef and Sabina Moser. After becoming orphaned at age 18, Tom joined the Air Force and from there was given the opportunity to study at the State University of New York at Geneseo. It was there that he married his high school sweetheart Mary Wilson. He continued his education at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he earned his PhD. He and Mary settled in Maine when Tom accepted a teaching role at the University of Maine in Orono. Shortly after he transferred to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine as a professor of rhetoric. In 1972, Tom took a year “sabbatical” from his tenured position at Bates to begin Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers – and never looked back. Tom’s unique design aesthetic gained a loyal following and today – 50 years later - Thos. Moser has grown from a one-man operation to a community of nearly 70 skilled craftspeople in an 80,000 sq. foot workshop in Auburn, Maine. Each guided by Tom’s original mission of building furniture that celebrates the natural beauty of wood and is crafted for a long and useful life.

Producers' Choice Award

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For 140 years, North Bennet Street School has evolved and adapted to serve our community by providing hands-on training, to help people achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. The oldest trade school in the country, NBSS was founded in 1881 as North Bennet Street Industrial School, our founding mission was to enable immigrants to adjust to their new country by learning the skills needed for gainful employment.  The school offers full-time programs in cabinet and furniture making, carpentry, jewelry making and repair, piano technology, violin making and repair and other areas, and furthers its vision of offering “a good life built by hand”.

March 25-April 5

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



Nomination Guidelines

• All Nominations must be submitted electronically.

​• Anyone can submit as many nominations in each category as they choose, and self-nominations are allowed.

​• Only complete nomination forms will be considered.

​• The winners will be announced and the Awards will be presented at the Boston Design Week 2023 Awards, Friday evening May 5, 2023. The nominee must be present to receive the Award, but all finalists will be notified and receive complimentary tickets to the Awards for themselves and a guest.

Award finalists and recipients must allow Boston Design Week to publish and promote the information about their award.

​• The Awards carry no monetary value, and the decisions of Boston Design Week and its advisors are final.


Awards Co-Host Taniya Nayak, Taniya Nayak Design

Photo by Jim Barbere

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. 

Some Past Social Impact Awards:

* Michael Mittelman, Founder and Designer, Bowls for Food

* Ben Peterson, Sir. Of Practice Instruction and Student Support,
   Boston Architectural College

* “Hatched”, Esplanade Association

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.

Some Past Newcomer Awards:

Carly Blackmore, Owner, Habitat Design

* Susi Sanchez, UX Architecture Studio

* Joel Kamm, Founder & CEO of Flexetail

* Angela Luna, Founder & CEO, ADIFF

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.

Some Past Mentor of the Year Awards:

* Charles Spada, Principal, Charles Spada Interiors

* Michael J. Lee, Photographer

* Jay Calderin, Senior Instructor, School of Fashion Design and 

Founder & Executive Director, Boston Fashion Week 

_______________________________2023 Boston Design Week Leadership Committee ___________________________

Mayor Michelle Wu,

Honorary Chair


Judith Anderson, Chair,  Industrial Design

Mass. College of Art & Design


John P. Axelrod and Darwin Cordoba 


Silke Berlinghof-Nielsen,



Nancy E. Berry, Editor

Northshore Magazine 


Kelly Brilliant, Co-Executive Director

Fenway Alliance 


Nina Brogna, National Account Director

Boston Home 


Karina Burston, Acting Director

Society of Arts + Crafts


Jay Calderin, School of Fashion Design,

Boston and Founder & Executive Director

Boston Fashion Week


Nick Capasso, Director

Fitchburg Art Museum


Dawn Carroll, Founder

Over My Shoulder Foundation


Greg Cerio, Editor in Chief

The Magazine Antiques


Sarah Chasse, Associate Curator

Peabody Essex Museum


David and Nancy Colella,

The Colonnade Hotel

Jaci Conry, Editor 

Boston Home


Sean Cutting, President

Cutting Edge Homes


Genevieve Day, Co-Executive Director

Fenway Alliance

Michelle duBois, Director

Winston Art Group

Kathy Bush Dutton, Publisher

New England Home


Kara Elliot-Ortega, 

Chief of Arts and Culture, City of Boston


Colleene Fesko,

Fine Art Consultant


Alison Frazee, Executive Director

Boston Preservation Alliance 


Rita A. Fucillo, Publisher

Art New England


Nonie Gadsden, Katharine Lane Weems Senior Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture, MFA, Boston


Margot Girin,


Miguel Gómez-Ibáñez, President Emeritus

North Bennet Street School


David J Hacin, FAIA 



Lynda Roscoe Hartigan, Rose-Marie & Eijk van Otterloo Executive Director & CEO

Peabody Essex Museum


Eric Haydel, President



Kyle Hoepner

Design Journalist and Outreach Consultant


Jeremy Howell, Editor-in-Chief

& Co-Creator, Art & Object


Allison Iantosca, Owner/President

F.H. Perry Builders

Diane and David Jensen

Jensen Fine Arts 


Cheryl & Jeffrey Katz

C &J Katz Studio


Allison Kemmerer, The Mary Stripp and R, Crosby Kemper Director,

Addison Gallery of American Art

Joyce Kulhawik, President of the Boston Theater Critics Association & Andrew Cohen


Ted Landsmark, Director, Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, Northeastern University; and Janet Oberto


Carlotta Cubi Mandra, President. Cumar


David J. Manzi, CEO/Founder

Manzi Appraisers

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


Tim Montgomery, Publisher

New Venture Media

Betty Moore, Publisher, Builder + Architect


Lana M. Nathe, Principal 

Light Insight Design Studio  


Taniya Nayak, Principal Interior Architect 

Taniya Nayak Design


Nancy Netzer, Director

McMullen Museum of Art


Melanie Perillo, Publisher

Boston Design Guide


Jessica Roscio, Director and Curator

Danforth Art Museum at Framingham State University 

Petra Slinkard, Nancy B. Putnam

Curator of Fashion and Textiles,

Peabody Essex Museum


Don Sparacin, Publisher

The Magazine Antiques  


Sarah Turner, President

North Bennet Street School


Christine Gilchrist Tuttle

Christine Tuttle Design


Tess Woods, Publisher

Modern Luxury Interiors Boston

AS OF 3/5/23

Some Photos From Last Year's Awards Event

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