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Why Design Matters

Get involved in design excellence

We are living in a fast-paced profit oriented time. This societal ethos values a skin-deep world where effects are immediate and short lived. Architecture is the opposite of this. It is unmoving and eternal. How can we cope? Perhaps in the elegance of timelessness and beauty in our city.

When we think of the great societies of history, we refer to their architecture. When we talk about the great work of today, we look elsewhere. We see our own architects designing buildings around the world that the world sees as examples of great civilization. The world discusses the great institutions in our area, the cutting edge research and our great medical facilities. It is our collective responsibility to bring our skyline and our buildings into this discussion. We have been there in periods of our history, we must be there again. Read more.

Josiah Stevenson FAIA
Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
2017 BSA President

Advocate for design

On this page is an informative presentation called "Why Design Matters" that explores design principles and offers case studies to projects that are generally considered examples of excellent design. The presentation is illustrated with BSA design award-winning projects. You will also find a list of commissions that have a hand in selecting or reviewing projects in both the public and private sector.

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Presentation Case Studies

Attend Public Meetings

Impact Advisory Group/Public Meeting: Rio Grande
Time: September 19, 2017 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: Seaport Square
Time: September 20, 2017 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: District Hall, 75 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210
Contact: Michael Rooney, Michael.Rooney@Boston.gov or 617.918.4237

Public Meeting: Seaport Square
Time: September 27, 2017 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Seaport Hotel, Seaport Ball, Room 1, Seaport Lane, Boston, MA 02210
Contact: Michael Rooney, Michael.Rooney@Boston.gov or 617.918.4237

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 40 Rugg Road
Time: September 27, 2017 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Jackson Mann Community Center, Theater, 500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134
Contact: Casey Ann Hines, Casey.A.Hines@Boston.gov or 617.918.4244

Public Meeting: Landmark Center
Time: September 27, 2017 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: 136 Brookline Avenue, Second Floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02215
Contact: Tim Czerwienski, Tim.Czerwienski@Boston.gov or 617.918.5303

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 24 Ericsson Street
Time: September 28, 2017 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Port Norfolk Yacht Club, 179 Walnut Street, Dorchester MA 02122
Contact: Tim Czerwienski, Tim.Czerwienski@Boston.gov or 617.918.5303

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: Landmark Center
Time: October 2, 2017 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: 136 Brookline Avenue, Second Floor Conference Room, Boston, MA 02215
Contact: Tim Czerwienski, Tim.Czerwienski@Boston.gov or 617.918.5303