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Why Design Matters

Get involved in design excellence

We are living in a fast-paced profit oriented time. This societal ethos values a skin-deep world where effects are immediate and short lived. Architecture is the opposite of this. It is unmoving and eternal. How can we cope? Perhaps in the elegance of timelessness and beauty in our city.

When we think of the great societies of history, we refer to their architecture. When we talk about the great work of today, we look elsewhere. We see our own architects designing buildings around the world that the world sees as examples of great civilization. The world discusses the great institutions in our area, the cutting edge research and our great medical facilities. It is our collective responsibility to bring our skyline and our buildings into this discussion. We have been there in periods of our history, we must be there again. Read more.

Josiah Stevenson FAIA
Principal, Leers Weinzapfel Associates
2017 BSA President

Advocate for design

On this page is an informative presentation called "Why Design Matters" that explores design principles and offers case studies to projects that are generally considered examples of excellent design. The presentation is illustrated with BSA design award-winning projects. You will also find a list of commissions that have a hand in selecting or reviewing projects in both the public and private sector.

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Presentation Case Studies

Attend Public Meetings

Final Report: North Station Area Mobility Action Plan
Location: Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, Boston, 02201
Contact: City of Boston

Project Review Discussion: Bartlett Place
Time: January 16, 2018 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, Community Room, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Citizens Advisory Committee Meeting: 1000 Boylston Street
Time: January 17, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: St. Cecilia Parish, 18 Belvidere Street, Boston, MA 02115
Contact: Michael Rooney, Michael.Rooney@Boston.gov or 617.918.4237

Project Review Discussion: Madison Tropical Parcel 10
Time: January 18, 2018 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, Community Room, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Public Meeting: 11-19 Walley Street
Time: January 18, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Hilton Garden Inn, Conference Room, 100 Boardman Street, East Boston, MA 02128
Contact: Raul Duverge, Raul.Duverge@Boston.gov or 617.918.4492

Public Meeting: Fan Pier, NPC and Second PDA Amendment
Time: January 18, 2018 |  6:00–7:00 pm
Location: Norman B. Leventhal Room, 50 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110
Contact: Aisling Kerr, Aisling.Kerr@Boston.gov or 617.918.4212

Operations Board Meeting: Fort Point Channel
Time: January 19, 2018 |  10:00–11:30 am
Location: Fort Point Room, Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, 2nd Floor, Boston, MA 02210
Contact: Erikk Hokenson, Erikk.Hokenson@Boston.gov or 617.918.4267

Public Meeting: Old Colony Phase Three
Time: January 22, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Tierney Learning Center, 125 Mercer Street, Boston, MA 02127
Contact: Lance Campbell, Lance.Campbell@Boston.gov or 617.918.4311

RFP Review Open House: Dudley Square
Time: January 22, 2018 |  5:30–8:30 pm
Location: Boston Water & Sewer Commission, 2nd Floor Training Room, 980 Harrison Avenue, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Courtney Sharpe, Courtney.Sharpe@Boston.gov or 617.918.4431

Article 80 / Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 125 Amory Street Development
Time: January 23, 2018 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: 125 Amory Street Residences, Community Room, Jamaica Plain, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Article 80 / Impact Advisory Group Meeting: Mattapan Station Development
Time: January 24, 2018 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Foley Building, 249 River Street, Mattapan MA, 02126
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441

Public Meeting: 70 Leo M. Birmingham Parkway
Time: January 24, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Jackson Mann Community Center, 500 Cambridge Street, Allston, MA 02134
Contact: Lance Campbell, Lance.Campbell@Boston.gov or 617.918.4311

Project Review Committee Meeting: Tremont Crossing (Parcel P-3)
Time: January 25, 2018 |  6:15–7:45 pm
Location: Central Boston Elder Services, 2315 Washington Street, Roxbury, MA 02119
Contact: Dana Whiteside, Dana.Whiteside@Boston.gov or 617.918.4441