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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: 9–11 Burney Street
Time: May 10, 2018 |  6:00–7:30 pm
Location: Tobin Community Center, 2nd Floor Conference Room, BCYF Central Side, 1483 Tremont Street, Mission Hill, MA 02120
Contact: Gary J. Webster, Gary.J.Webster@Boston.gov or 617.918.4457

Public Meeting: 603 Dorchester Avenue
Time: May 15, 2018 |  6:30–8:00 pm
Location: Tierney Learning Center, 125 Mercer Street, South Boston, MA 02127
Contact: John Campbell, John.Campbell@Boston.gov or 617.918.4282

Exploring Housing Ideas Workshop: Glover's Corner, Dorchester
Time: May 16, 2018 |  6:00–8:00 pm
Location: Community Academy of Science and Health (CASH) Cafeteria, 11 Charles Street, Dorchester, MA 02122
Contact: Marie Mercurio, Marie.Mercurio@Boston.gov or 617.918.4352

What Development Could Look Like: Upham's Corner Implementation
Time: May 16, 2018 |  5:30–8:00 pm
Location: The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 650 Dudley Street, Boston, MA 02125
Contact: Kristina Ricco, Kristina.Ricco@Boston.gov or 617.918.4238