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Home sweet home. People who design and build residential projects meet up to look at topics like energy-efficient green homes, custom homes, building codes related to single- and two-family dwellings, and helpful technologies. Look for residential design workshops at the BSA's Architecture Boston Expo each fall, too.

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Files associated with past meetings can be downloaded from the Residential Design Committee Dropbox.

Committee Chairs
Ellen Perko AIA /
Daniel Steger AIA /
The Residential Design Committee is part of the Architectural Design Commission.

Upcoming Events

May 21, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Enhancing Residential Design with Landscape Architecture

Have you ever wondered about working with a Landscape Architecture? Collaborating with a Landscape professional can better enhance the curb appeal of your client's home. Your client will also be better able get the greatest value - aesthetically and functionally of the full extent of their property. This adds value to their house and helps to enhance your architectural design.

Michael Wasser from Michael Wasser Landscape Architecture, has worked for decades with many residential architects on a variety of urban and suburban residential projects. During this presentation, Michael will suggest how to work with a Landscape architect. He will discuss site planning and master planning for private residences as well as the importance of setting a new house at the proper grade. The ins and outs of permitting will be reviewed. Environmentally sensitive landscapes and increasing your living area by extending indoor living space to the outdoors will also be addressed. Michael will share examples of his work.
Please come with any questions you may have. It will make for a lively discussion!

1.5 LU AIA credits are available.

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Our committee is co-sponsoring a design award program for small firms. Structures or buildings of all project types built...

Past Events

February 19, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Professional Agreements for Single Family & Small Projects

How a firm handles its business issues is critical to the success of the any firm. Having clear and detailed agreements with clients, consultants, and others with whom you do business are important to protect your firm and also your clients’ interests.

Please join Peter Longley AIA on February 19th to learn what elements go into a successful proposal, contract, or letter of agreement. Pete will review the various types of agreements that can be used, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. He will outline elements of a good agreement/contract. Included in the discussion will be "deal breakers" - items to never include in your agreements as well as recommendations for clauses/paragraphs that should be included. You should be able to leave this session with a full knowledge of how to improve your contracts and/or letters of agreement.

​Peter Longley AIA, CSI, CCS, LEED AP is a registered architect and COO of CBT Architects in Boston, MA. He has over 40 years of experience in the profession. Peter is a member of the AIA Documents Committee, and he has written two chapters in the AIA Manual of Professional Practice. He also has written five novels.

1.5 LU AIA credits are available.

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January 15, 2019 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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December 18, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
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October 16, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Reviving The Lost Art of Moldings Join us to learn how moldings have the power to change the way people experience space, rediscover the lost of of...
September 18, 2018 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Owner/Architect/Builder Partnership for Successful Residential Design Partnering early in the design process with a contractor can add to the success...
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