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About the authors

Thomas Pounds conceived, organized, drafted, and sustains this app-based edition of the AIA Guide to Boston. Trained in architecture and structural engineering at Princeton, he practiced as bridge design engineer before returning to the MIT Sloan School to prepare for a business career that included management consulting, technology commercialization, and venture-backed entrepreneurship. In 2015, Tom cofounded Yonward, the location-aware app platform that underpins the AIA Guide.

David Eisen FAIA, has been a partner with Abacus Architects + Planners since 1995, leading design teams for a broad range of planning and architecture projects. Educated at the University of Illinois and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, he is also an established author and reviewer. David covered the architecture beat for the Boston Herald and the Boston Phoenix for more than a decade, and his book and design kit “Fun with Architecture” for the Metropolitan Museum of Art has sold 600,000 copies in 6 languages. He serves as a frequent guest critic at MIT, RISD, and Northeastern University, and is engaged at BSA in advancing a culture of design excellence across the city. He acts as a contributing editor for this project, focusing particular attention on entries for award-winning projects.

Amy Finstein is an architectural historian specializing in nineteenth- and twentieth-century architecture and urbanism. Currently a visiting faculty member at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she holds a PhD from the University of Virginia. Amy’s writing and teaching interests focus on architecture and urban change, and she is actively involved in the Boston academic and preservation communities. Amy serves as a contributing editor for this project.

Michael and Susan Southworth wrote the first three editions of the AIA Guide to Boston. They lived in a number of the neighborhoods they researched and wrote about, and know many of the sites from the inside out. Because of their knowledge of Boston architectural history, they were chosen by the city to extend the Freedom Trail beyond its early beginnings, among many other preservation planning projects. Michael is Professor Emeritus of urban design and planning at the University of California at Berkeley, a Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, and a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


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