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Championing Innovation

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It’s time to launch big ideas.


With more than half the world’s population living in cities, urban centers are the innovation hubs of our time. Through our innovation work, the BSA will bring together people from different disciplines, with different experiences, and from different perspectives who are invested in being part of our city’s future.

We want to unleash the creativity of our 4,500 members and diverse partners to explore new ideas, approaches, and models—and work side by side in collaboration to address the built environment equity and climate challenges facing us.


The Work


The BSA will work with architects, communities, and other stakeholders to identify the greatest opportunities for tackling climate and equity challenges in the built environment. We will then put out a series of Requests for Innovations, seeking proposals focused on these opportunities, and select those with the most potential.

At any given time, the BSA may be involved in 10 or more initiatives. We will lead efforts where it makes sense and take a supporting role in cases where architects and designers are best suited as consultants and collaborators.

The BSA will provide resources, expertise, professional connections, and more, tailored to each initiative and its needs.

Your Application

We invite everyone with an idea to apply. Applications are due January 20, 2023. See guidelines and submit below.

Download the RFI

The Inaugural Request for Innovations

The BSA is seeking proposals focused on changes to the art and practice of architecture that have strong potential to address built environment equity and climate challenges.

This is your chance to think big, with fearless creativity. Anyone—whether or not you are an architect or designer—with an idea is encouraged to submit a proposal.

Applicants can be individuals or teams. We especially encourage collaborative partnerships that bring together individuals from different sectors or disciplines, experiences, and points of view. Proposed initiatives should span 6-18 months and might involve research, a pilot project, creative engagement, or other modes of work. For more details, see the full text of the RFI. See here for the direct link to the application.

Questions? See our FAQ page.

Receive support on your proposal by attending our upcoming events. Sign up for our office hours to get support from BSA staff on idea and proposal generation, and read about a lively discussion of ideas and approaches at the BSA RFI Workshop.

Building on Success

Starting more than a decade ago, the BSA began a series of initiatives to explore solutions to built environment challenges in Greater Boston. Our innovation work will be continually informed by what we have learned and continue to learn through these efforts. Read about a few of the early initiatives already underway.

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Our mission is to improve the quality of life for Boston-area residents by championing innovation in the built environment. Support us today to ensure a more sustainable and equitable Greater Boston!

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