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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. 

BSA Time Capsule

An initiative of BSA’s 150th anniversary celebrations is to create a time capsule that will embody and preserve BSA’s history for future generations of architects and design lovers. In doing so, there is opportunity for BSA members to contribute ideas toward what they would like to see preserved, as well as suggestions on the capsule itself! What container should be used? What items should it contain? How should the capsule be stored over time? Any suggestions from the member community who wish to suggest their thoughts on how the BSA’s Time Capsule can be executed are welcome. Contact with your suggestions.

(Not) The end of the world as we knew it

Michael Hicks AIA, 2000 BSA president
"Others have already spoken about Richard Fitzgerald’s key role in the success each of us enjoyed at the BSA. He was a cheerleader for me, and he was always willing to close his door and listen to my concerns." Read more.

Anniversary letters

Back to the sustainable future

Jim Batchelor FAIA, 2009 BSA president
2009 was a period of significant transition at the BSA. This was at the end of the Richard Fitzgerald and Nancy Jenner era. Richard retired at the end of 2008...


Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln...

Peter Forbes, 1989 BSA president
​Richard Fitzgerald spent many golden hours compensating for my absence of tact; in fact, it was a significant role he had to play during my tenure. It was...

Come together

Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA, 2014 BSA president
Emily chose to create a video encapsuling her time as president. The video covers how this opportunity influenced her, the goals she set out to...


Worth a thousand words

Peter Kuttner FAIA, 1998 BSA president
In lieu of an essay, Peter Kuttner FAIA created an electronic tradeshow displaying his time as the 1998 BSA president.

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