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​The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) reaches its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. To celebrate its history as its gaze turns toward the future, each week throughout the year the BSA will publish a new essay from a leader or ally of the organization. An exhibition focusing on the BSA's achievements over the last 150 years is mounted at BSA Space.

Boston City Hall and the Governor’s Office of Massachusetts proclaims June 21, 2017 as the Boston Society of Architects/AIA Day. Join the sesquicentennial celebration as the summer solstice aligns with the day of the BSA’s incorporation to ring in the new season and honor a century and a half of the architecture community in Boston. 

Feature: That 70s Show

Peter Vanderwarker, architectural photographer
"The Boston Society of Architects has been a “friend” to me for a long time and has introduced me to friends for life. The year is 1974. Lowell Erickson is running the BSA, pretty much by himself." Read more.

Anniversary letters

Mr Tambourine Man

Jim Crissman FAIA, 1986 BSA president
I would have a hard time putting together even a paragraph about my presidency 30 years ago.


The best day job

Nancy Jenner, 1994–2009 BSA deputy director
My experience at the BSA was as a staff member, wholly different than the experience of the hundreds of architects and other building-industry professionals I was fortunate...

Our (little) Town

Hubert Murray FAIA, 2007 BSA president
It was of course a great honor to have been elected by one’s peers to represent the organization for a year. Additionally, it was a wonderful experience to work with...


Happy birthday BSA

Josiah Stevenson FAIA, 2017 BSA president
Being asked to reflect on my time as president halfway through my term won’t have the “wistfully looking back” tone of the other remembrances, but I think it is a good...

Peter Kuttner FAIA created a cartoon panel in 2005, after running into a small cluster of past-presidents on the show floor of BuildBoston. This chance occurrence happened again in 2007, and at ABX 2013, and 2014. With each new photo, Peter continued to extend the cartoon panel with the line-up of each year's photo. In the spirit of celebrating the BSA's 150th, he has submitted his ongoing panel of past-presidents as a memory for the community to share.

The line up is as follows from left to right.
Rebecca Barnes FAIA (2001), Robert Brown AIA (2001–2002), David Dixon (2003), Brian Healy FAIA (2004), Hubert Murray FAIA (2007), Jane Weinzapfel FAIA (2006), Laura Wernick FAIA (2012), Mike Davis FAIA (2013), Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (2014), Larry Chan FAIA (2010), George Metzger AIA (2005), Peter Kuttner FAIA (1998), Chuck Redmon FAIA (1988), and Tom Payette FAIA (1984).

Image courtesy of Peter Kuttner FAIA.

Past Events

June 21, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
April 9, 2017 (All day)
April 8, 2017 (All day)
February 16, 2017 | 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM