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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

Public Meeting: UHomes/90 Antwerp Street
Time: July 16, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Josephine Fiorentino Community Center, Charlesview, 123 Antwerp Street, Allston, MA 02134
Contact: Gerald Autler, Gerald.Autler@Boston.gov or 617.918.4438

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: 139-149 Washington Street
Time: July 18, 2018 |  6:00–7:45 pm
Location: Brighton Marine Health Center, 77 Warren Street, Brighton, MA 02135
Contact: Lance Campbell, Lance.Campbell@Boston.gov or 617.918.4311

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: Parcel U Phase B NPC
Time: July 19, 2018 |  6:00–7:00 pm
Location: 6 Southbourne Road, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Contact: Aisling Kerr, Aisling.Kerr@Boston.gov or 617.918.4212

Impact Advisory Group Meeting: Boston Landing
Time: July 19, 2018 |  6:30–7:00 pm
Location: 20 Guest Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Brighton, MA 02135
Contact: Casey Ann Hines, Casey.A.Hines@Boston.gov or 617.918.4244

Public Meeting: Boston Landing
Time: July 19, 2018 |  7:00–8:00 pm
Location: 20 Guest Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Brighton, MA 02135
Contact: Casey Ann Hines, Casey.A.Hines@Boston.gov or 617.918.4244

Public Meeting: 111 Terrace Street
Time: July 19, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02120
Contact: Raul Duverge, Raul.Duverge@boston.gov or 617.918.4492