Woburn (MA) Public Library Expansion

Sponsor(s): New England Society of Architectural Historians;

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

American Institute of Architects, NY Chapter

Boston Society of Architects

Type: Open, ideas

Eligibility: Open to all


2 January 2009 – Final competition brief available (“Application package”)

(Preliminary information package available on library website: www.woburnpubliclibrarycompetition.com/index.php)

23 January 2009 (5PM) – Deadline for Submissions


• First Place – $2,500

• Second Place – $1,500

• Third Place – $500

Submission requirements: Three (3) boards

Design Challenge:

Expanding to a library designed by architect H.H. Richardson

– How would you provide 25,000 square feet of additional space for the library and the services required in the 21st century?

– How does this additional space impact and/or relate to the original building?

– What improvements can be made to the site and surrounding areas to reinforce the library’s critical role as the “center” of town and source of local pride?


Sherida E. Paulsen, FAIA

Preston Scott Cohen, AIA

Amanda Lawrence, Principal, PRAXIS

Jessica Pineo Lohnes, AICP

Gretchen von Grossmann, AIA, AICP

Note: This is an ideas competition only, and the entries will remain the property of the sponsor. The final selection of an architect will take place via an RfQ. Participants in the competition may also respond to the RfQ.



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