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Learning By Design in Massachusetts (LBD:MA) draws on the power of architecture and design to build within each child an essential structure for learning and creating that will inform every endeavor in their lives. We bring design activities focusing on people, places and spaces into the heart of K-12 learning; enable students, teachers and architects to learn and design together; and build a strong community dedicated to K-12 architecture and design education.

Family Design Days 

All Saturdays
10:30 am – 12:30 pm 
BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston)

Family Design Days encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these 2 hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibit tours, walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Design Educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world. Family Design Days take place one Saturday a month at BSA Space (unless otherwise noted) and are designed for children ages 5 – 13 years old, accompanied by an adult – a maximum ratio of 3 children per 1 adult will be required. Registration strongly recommended.  

December 14
Gingerbread Houses

On Saturday, June 15, Learning By Design in Massachusetts and the Community Design Resouce Center of Boston are teaming up to offer Gingerbread House Design at BSA Space. We will first tour the Gingerbread Houses designed by area design firms at CDRC’s Gingerbread Competition and then create our own houses using edible materials. Register online

June 15
From Bricks to Bridges: Kids design along the waterfront

On Saturday, June 15, explore the architecture of the Waterfront with a hands-on walking tour. Learn about building types, structure, materials and the elements of architecture. Come back to BSA Space and create a model for your design for a new building for the Boston Waterfront. Register online.


Head back to the drawing board at this fast-paced sketching game! Four of Boston's leading architects will draw buildings, while teams compete to guess which ones. And all proceeds benefit the work of Learning By Design in Massachusetts. What the Sketch? It's a great idea!

On June 13, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at BSA Space, architects Peter Kuttner FAIA, Eric Höweler AIA, Maryann Thompson FAIA, and Elizabeth Whittaker will sketch famous buildings at this Pictionary-style event led by Master of Ceremony Jim Stanislaski AIA. Then, teams go head-to-head against colleagues, peers, and aficionados to be the first to correctly identify each sketch. Get in the game by forming a team, or buy an individual ticket and enjoy libations and hors d'oeuvres while watching the show.

For more information and to register, visit