Bulfinch Awards


The Bulfinch Awards recognize practitioners from across the nation who are committed to promoting excellence in the classical tradition and allied arts within New England. All eligible projects work toward building upon the legacy of Boston's early Federal architect, Charles Bulfinch, who is widely regarded to be the first native-born American to work in the field professionally. Initiated in 2010 and modeled on the ICAA’s Arthur Ross Awards, the New England Bulfinch Awards program is an annual competition. The winners of the Bulfinch Awards will be recognized at a ceremonial reception and dinner gala in April of 2018 in the Harvard Hall at the Harvard Club of Boston which was designed by Parker, Thomas & Rice.

2018 Bulfinch Award Winners

2018 Bulfinch Award Judges

Marc Appleton

Marc Appleton is the founding Principal of Appleton Partners LLP - Architects, with offices in Santa Monica and Santa Barbara, California. He received a B.A. honors degree in English from Harvard College (1968), And a Master of Architecture degree from The Yale School of Architecture (1972). In addition to architecture, his practice also involves landscape design and planning, and has included the master planning for downtown Pacific Palisades, the renovation and landscape planning for the San Ysidro Ranch Resort as well as numerous private gardens and ranches.  His design work has received many awards from the American Institute of Architects and other organizations, and has been widely published in Architectural Digest, Town and Country, Veranda, Sunset and other periodicals.  In 2011, he won the Westweek Star of Design Lifetime Achievement Award, in 2012 he was awarded the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s Ross Awards Board of Directors Honor, and in 2014 he became the first recipient of the Design Leadership Network’s inaugural Design Leadership Award.



Thomas Pheasant

Thomas Pheasant is internationally recognized for his 30 years of creating interiors and furniture. With personal residences in Washington DC and Paris, he focuses his creativity on residential and commercial projects throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. Celebrated for his modern vision of classical design his diverse accomplishments have included the 1997 Andrew Martin Interior Designer of the Year Award, the distinction by Architectural Digest US in 2005 as a Dean of American Design, the 2015 John Russell Pope Award by the Institute of Classical Architecture, and most recently the 2016 Design Icon Award for his contributions to the design industry. His book, Simply Serene: The New Luxury for Modern Interiors, published by Rizzoli, brings to life the serenity and classic imprint that are Pheasant’s signature.

His furniture design collections include, Thomas Pheasant Collection for Baker, Thomas Pheasant Collection for McGuire and his own collection of limited edition and unique pieces, Thomas Pheasant STUDIO.

Greg Tankersley


Greg Tankersley, a native of Alabama, holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Auburn University. It was while at Auburn that Greg met professor of Architecture, Bobby McAlpine. Recognizing Greg's strong drawing and creative abilities, Bobby asked Greg, along with his wife Mary Robin Jurkiewicz, to join his bourgeoning firm in Montgomery, Alabama in 1985. Over the years, the little Southern design-firm-that-could has matured, grown and spread into four cities: Montgomery, AL, Nashville, TN, Atlanta, GA and New York, NY (where Greg is now based).  Now in its 30th year, McAlpine is described as “nurturing, compassionate, soulful,” and the firm’s architecture, wedding historical precedence with graceful modern living, is a timeless and romantic pursuit of “The Inheritable House”. The firm’s work has been featured in Veranda, House Beautiful, Southern Accents, Arts & Antiques, Elle Decor, Architectural Digest, Southern Living, House and Garden (both US and British editions), Metropolitan Home, Traditional Home, The New York Times and on Home and Garden Television (HGTV).  The firm was honored to be included on the AD100 list compiled by Architectural Digest in 2012, 2014 and 2016.

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