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The BSA offices and gallery are currently open 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM every Monday-Friday.

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BSA Space street view

Credit: Evan Bradley @ecbrads

Health and Safety Guidelines

The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) is committed to the health and well-being of our community and seeks to ensure the safety of all individuals that participate in activities, programs, and events that take place on our premises. As a result, we have developed the following protocols at the BSA:

  • Masks are required in BSA Space except when actively eating or drinking.
  • All visitors to BSA-sponsored events will be required to affirm proof of vaccination status. This can be done in one of the following ways:
    • You are fully vaccinated and have attested to that fact online at registration.
    • You will show your official vaccination card, a paper copy, or photo image along with a photo ID at onsite registration or event entry.
  • If you are not vaccinated:
    • You will show proof of a negative COVID-19 test within 24 hours of the event along with a photo ID at onsite registration or event entry.

Failure to comply with the above will prevent you from attending the event. Please do not register if these conditions are not true or acceptable to you. Refunds will not be provided for attendees who fail to comply with safety guidelines.

In addition, we ask that you:

  • Be mindful of other guests and colleagues and maintain distance between others whenever possible.
  • Do not come to an onsite activity if, in the 10 days leading up to your visit, you or anyone in your household has tested positive, experienced COVID-19 symptoms, or if you have come into close contact with anyone confirmed or suspected of having COVID-19.

The safety and well-being of our community is our top priority. BSA events and in-person activities will comply with all local and Massachusetts state guidelines for in-person, indoor gatherings. Information and on-site directives will be updated as more information becomes available or conditions warrant. We suggest that individuals check the BSA website (architects.org) for updated information the day of their scheduled event. For the safety and enjoyment of our visitors and staff, we will ask anyone who doesn’t follow these protocols to depart the premises.


Getting here

BSA Space is located in the Atlantic Wharf building at 290 Congress Street, Suite 200, Boston, MA 02210.

Public transportation
BSA Space is only two blocks from South Station, on the Red Line, Silver Line, Commuter Rail, and Bus Terminal.

Parking
Pay parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage at 280 Congress Street. To inquire about current parking rates, call the garage office at 617-603-7195. Discounted parking is available to BSA Space visitors on weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; before paying for parking at the pay kiosk, bring your ticket to the second floor reception desk. Discounts cannot be applied after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am, or on weekends.

Hours

BSA Space
9:00 am–5:00 pm | Monday-Friday

BSA offices
9:00 am-5:00 pm | Monday-Friday

Morning meetings and events
To access the second floor conference rooms before 10:00 am, enter the building at 290 Congress Street, cross the lobby to the grey staircase or the parking garage elevator and go to the second floor. Once you reach the top of the stairs or exit the elevator, you will see a set of glass doors in front of you; pass through three sets of doors to reach our reception desk.

Holidays
BSA Space and the BSA offices close at 3:00 pm on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve, and are closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

Inclement Weather
When the Mayor or Governor declare non-essential personnel stay home due to weather or other events, the BSA Offices and BSA Space galleries will be closed. These closures will be announced on social media and on our calendar.

Admission

BSA Space is a nonprofit organization and receives no regular government funding. We do not charge admission for visiting individuals or families; instead, we rely on your generous donations. Suggested donations: Adults: $5 Seniors: $3 Children older than 10: $2

Accessibility

The BSA is committed to making BSA Space programs and services accessible to all visitors.

Entrances
The Congress Street and Pearl Street Extension entrances are accessible with doors at ground level and no stairs. Both entrances have power-assist doors. Elevators available to all visitors.

Mobility devices
BSA Space welcomes walkers, wheelchairs (manual and electric) and scooters. BSA Space also welcomes guide dogs and other guide devices. If you have any questions or need assistance, please call 617-391-4000.

Parking
Accessible parking spaces are available for those vehicles with current HP plates or placards. Payment for parking may be made in the lobby on the first floor of Atlantic Wharf. An elevator brings guests from the parking lot to both the first and second floor of BSA Space.

Restrooms
Restrooms are available to visitors on both the first and second floor. All restrooms are accessible.

Gallery Seating
Permanent seating is available throughout the gallery areas. You are welcome to bring your own portable gallery stools if needed.

Sustainability

The BSA believes that architects have a unique responsibility to foster sustainability in the built environment. We believe that environmentally responsible design, construction, operation and renovation are essential, inspiring and beautiful. We continually work on streamlining our operations to lower our environmental footprint by using recycled materials, biodegradable materials and reducing the amount of trash we throw away. Our office is certified LEED Gold and located in Atlantic Wharf, Boston's first LEED Platinum, or "green", skyscraper. Please join us and consider the environment in your everyday decisions.

Amenities

Dining
BSA Space is surrounded by a number of great restaurants and food options. From food trucks on the Greenway, to fine cuisine along Fort Point Channel, Summer Street, Congress Street and Seaport Boulevard, there are plenty of dining options to suit a variety of budgets and schedules. Within the Atlantic Wharf building are:

Lounge/meeting space
The lobbies of 280 and 290 Congress Street offer public spaces with seating. The 290 Congress Street, Waterfront Square lobby provides public restrooms.

FAQ

What is the BSA?
The BSA, or Boston Society for Architecture, is a chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a community nonprofit. Learn more about the BSA's mission, programs, publications and services at architects.org.

How do I become a member of the BSA?
It’s easy to become a member, and there are many membership types. Learn more at architects.org/membership. We appreciate your support!

Can I use my camera?
Personal, non-commercial photography is permitted and encouraged. We hope you will share your experience with friends, family and on social media.

What is your cell phone policy?
Please be considerate of others when using a cell phone. Step into a public area when making or answering calls. Please do not take a call in the galleries.

Where can I park?
Pay parking is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at the Atlantic Wharf Parking Garage at 280 Congress Street. To inquire about current parking rates, call the garage office at 617-603-7195. Discounted parking is available to BSA Space visitors on weekdays between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm; before paying for parking at the pay kiosk, bring your ticket to the second floor reception desk. Discounts cannot be applied after 5:00 pm or before 9:00 am, or on weekends.

BSA Space is easily accessible via public transportation; visit www.mbta.com to map your way here.

Can I draw or paint in the gallery?
Drawing using pencils, crayons, pens and charcoal are permitted and encouraged. Our mission is to inspire and provide a venue for creativity. Please be respectful of others and the exhibitions. Use of watercolors, pastels and other mediums is only allowed with written permission. Use of easels, drop cloths or other equipment is only allowed with written permission. If permitted, no equipment may be left unattended at any time. Equipment, including easels, must be set up at least four feet away from all artworks and must not block doorways. If a BSA Space staff member requests that easels or other materials be moved, please do so in order to allow for unobstructed views of the exhibitions.

Can I bring my children?
Children are welcome. Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a chaperone in the gallery.

Are strollers allowed?
Strollers are allowed in the galleries; however, there may be restrictions if crowds are large.

Where can I eat?
There are lots of great options for dining within walking distance of BSA Space, but no food is allowed in the gallery.

Are pets allowed?
Service animals are welcome, but personal animals are not permitted in the building.