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BSA Space is Boston’s leading center for architecture and design, and is home to the Boston Society of Architects and the Boston Foundation for Architecture. BSA Space hosts exhibitions on design and architecture, architecture cruises and walking tours, and other programs and events that foster exchange between design and construction, the profession and the public, and encourage collaboration across the city and world.

Nestled on Boston’s waterfront between the Fort Point Channel and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, BSA Space opened in the Atlantic Wharf building in December 2011. Boston-based firm Höweler + Yoon Architecture designed the floorplan, using a concept that centers on a highly visible “cloud” ceiling and monumental stairs. These two architectural elements act as iconic markers for BSA Space and an invitation into the exhibitions and meeting spaces above. The design was chosen during a 2010 design competition overseen by the BSA board of directors. Commodore Builders provided construction management services in what was a highly collaborative project. Click here to see a full list of supporters and contributors who helped make BSA Space possible.

About the Boston Foundation for Architecture

The Boston Foundation for Architecture builds a better Boston by engaging communities, inspiring vision, and provoking change.

The Boston Foundation for Architecture (BFA) was created by the Boston Society of Architects in 1984 to support public education programs in Massachusetts related to the built environment. Over the years, the BFA has supported film and video productions, community-based programs, exhibitions and tours, in-school educational programs, research projects, conferences, lectures, symposiums, and other community activities.

Through 2013, the BFA has distributed more than $1 million in grants to public- and private-sector groups. Read about the 2012 grant recipients. While the BFA funds many programs for schoolchildren, it also supports programs for Massachusetts residents of all ages.

Recent grantees include:

Boston Preservation Alliance (Judy Neiswander)

The Silent Evolution, depth 8m, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Grantee type: advocacy nonprofit
Project: development of information resources to promote best practices for preservation of historic religious structures leveraging expertise of arch. community to address a widespread need in Boston neighborhoods


Carolina Aragon

The Silent Evolution, depth 8m, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Grantee type: artist
Project: elementary and university student participation in “Flocks” public art installation large-scale student involvement and public visibility


Common Boston, Common Build (Paul Herbert, Assoc. AIA, designer; Heather McLean, Common Boston chair)

The Silent Evolution, depth 8m, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Grantee type: community youth center
Projects: youth explorations of design topics including architecture, landscape architecture, green building technology design and construction in action in public for local benefit


Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

The Silent Evolution, depth 8m, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Grantee type: community youth center
Projects: youth explorations of design topics including architecture, landscape architecture, green building technology low-income youth explore design and share knowledge with the local community


Learning By Design (Polly Carpenter)

The Silent Evolution, depth 8m, MUSA Collection, Cancun/Isla Mujeres, Mexico.

Grantee type: education nonprofit
Projects: school-based design workshops helping design education get a foothold in K-12 schools in multiple communities


The application period for 2013 grants is closed. The application period for 2014 grants has not yet opened.

About the Boston Society of Architects

The Boston Society of Architects is committed to professional development for our members, advocacy on behalf of great design, and sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large.

Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of more than 3,500 members and produces a diverse array of programs and publications, including ABX and ArchitectureBoston magazine.

A chapter of the American Institute of Architects, it is a nonprofit, professional-service organization.

Also headquartered at BSA Space are Learning By Design and the Community Design Resource Center of Boston, two nonprofit organizations that partner with the BSA to bring programs, resources and services to the building industry and the public.