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Learning By Design programs of the BSA Foundation draw on the power of architecture and design to build within each child an essential structure for learning and creating that will inform every endeavor in their lives. We bring design activities focusing on people, places and spaces into the heart of K-12 learning; enable children, parents and architects to learn and design together; and build a strong community dedicated to K-12 architecture and design education. 

BSA Foundation: Inspiring vision

BSA Foundation programs reach Boston’s children and families. Family Design Days inspire children and families through design thinking. This Foundation program allows children to explore and formulate ideas about their communities, architecture, and design as they build bridges, green buildings, and, during a special session called KidsBuild!, an entire city from the ground up.

We Design Together

In May 2017, youth programs at BSA Space received a generous award from The Architects Foundation and Armstrong World Industries Foundation to support We Design Together, an innovative partnership with Boston Public Schools. The goals of the program include: raising awareness and appreciation of architecture and design to children who may have never heard of it; allowing architects to teach their unique skill sets (design thinking and collaboration); and assisting the BPS with meeting its goal of introducing students at an early age to community members representing multiple life opportunities. 

By creating a curriculum for kindergarten students, We Design Together will serve students who may otherwise not have the opportunity for a design education experience, nor work with or hear from an architect.

During the 2017-2018 school year, the We Design Together program will be piloted in classrooms throughout Boston. 

Learn more about BSA Foundation initiatives

Family Design Days 

Saturdays
10:30 am–12:30 pm 
BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston)

Family Design Days encourage children and adults to observe, explore, and design together. In these two hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibition tours, walking tours, or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Design Educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world. Family Design Days take place one Saturday a month at BSA Space (unless otherwise noted) and are designed for children ages five to 13 years old, accompanied by an adult—a maximum ratio of 3 children per 1 adult will be required. Registration strongly recommended.  

Student Design Days 

Weekdays
10:00 am–noon 
BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston)

Student Design Days are specially designed for homeschool families to observe, explore, and design together. In these two hour hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design through exhibition tours, walking tours, or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Design Educators lead the activities focused on the built environment of Boston and the world. Student Design Days take place one weekday a month at BSA Space (unless otherwise noted) and are designed for children ages four to 15 years old, accompanied by an adult. View upcoming Student Design Days here.

 

Upcoming Events

December 15, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
December 15, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
December 16, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
December 17, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
December 18, 2017 | 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Past Events

November 18, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
November 17, 2017 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
November 17, 2017 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
October 21, 2017 | 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM