BSHM has received over 50 awards from various components of the American Institute of Architects, American School & University, Mahoning Valley Historical Society Historic Preservation, Ohio Historical Society, KnowledgeWorks Foundation – Schools as Centers of Community Ohio Golden Trowel Award, The International Masonry Institute’ Council of Educational Facility Planners International and Learning by Design Publication (a source for educational design innovation). Our most recent awards have been in response to Learning by Design Magazine’s Spring 2022 Educational Facilities Design Awards Showcase, in which both the University of Akron’s Institute for Human Science + Culture and the new Licking Heights Local School District’s High School projects received Outstanding Project Awards. In addition, BSHM received AIA Youngstown 2021 Design Awards, in which the University of Akron’s Institute for Human Science + Culture project received an award of honor, in addition to the Robinson-Shuba Commemorative Statue Environment receiving an honorable mention.
Additionally, Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s Heights High School Addition/Renovation project. In 2019, the project received the Community Impact Award, given by the Cleveland Restoration Society and AIA Cleveland. Previously, the project received the 2018 AIA Eastern Ohio Honorable Mention, as well as the 2017 Best Public Building Rehabilitation Award by Heritage Ohio.
BSHM received the 2016 AIA Eastern Ohio Honor Award for Seton Hill University’s Visual Arts Building, while Niles City School District’s High School received Honorable Mention that same year.
BSHM’s renovation, rehabilitation and reprogramming of the historic YWCA in downtown Youngstown received the 2012 Community Revitalization Award from the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, as well as the 2012 Preservation Award from the Ohio Historical Society. The Restoration of the McKinley Birthplace Memorial in Niles also received a 2012 Award for Historic Preservation, from the Ohio Historical Society.
Our commitment to design being acknowledged by our peers makes these honors feel especially significant.
BSHM received the prestigious AIA Gold Medal Award from the American Institute of Architects. According to the jury, “the firm serves as a role model for other architectural firms in the State – and consistently demonstrates the value of design integrity and unremitting service to the profession”.
BSHM is one of the few firms in the region to have had principals of the firm recognized nationally by being elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects; former principal Paul J. Ricciuti, FAIA (1995 for Historic Architecture) and Gary G. Balog, FAIA (2008 for Excellence in Design). Mr. Balog is the recipient of the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, the highest honor that the State of Ohio bestows on an individual practitioner.