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BSA and Informa partnership

FAQ 

What is ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX)?

ABX is a regional conference and trade show founded in X by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA. It is the largest building industry event in the Northeast. ABX was preceded by Build Boston and Residential Design and Construction, two legacy large-scale events founded by the BSA. For more information, visit abexpo.com.

What is the Boston Society of Architects/AIA?

The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) is committed to professional development for its members, advocacy on behalf of great design and, together with its sister organization, the BSA Foundation, sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large. Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of nearly 4,000 members and produces content for an array of programs and publications, including ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) and ArchitectureBoston magazine. A chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the BSA is a nonprofit, professional-service organization. For more information, visit architects.org.

What is Informa?

Informa is a leading business intelligence, academic publishing, knowledge and events business, operating in the Knowledge and Information Economy. It is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100. Informa owns large-scale events for the AEC industry, including Greenbuild, JLC Live, Remodeling & Deck Expo, Int’l Roofing Expo, Construct, World of Concrete, and manages the AIA National Convention. For more information, visit informa.com 

What is the 2017 ABX partnership arrangement between Informa and the BSA?

In 2017, Informa purchased the ABX brand from the BSA in a 25-year deal that assigns operational responsibilities to Informa while programming responsibilities remain with the BSA. This programming includes:

  • Conference content
  • 3,500 sf programmable space on the exhibit floor (installations, demonstrations)
  • Photo exhibit
  • Alumni events

Will member discounts continue to be available for the conference program and the exhibition hall?

Yes, the agreement protects member discounts.

Outside of programming the conference and the show floor, does the BSA have any say in how ABX is run?

Informa owns the show outright. However, the BSA serves in an advisory capacity and has two seats on a five-seat ABX executive advisory committee.

Why did the BSA sell ABX?

The trade show industry is transforming, and managing trade shows is not part of the BSA's mission—though delivering substantive content is. Throughout 2016 and 2017, leadership examined opportunities and costs related to various possible business models, and determined that the BSA will now and in the future be better served by selling ABX to an organization with a proven track record of successfully scaling large-format events to meet the evolving needs of the AEC industry. By divesting ourselves of the operational aspects of running ABX, the BSA membership, committees, staff, and allies are also now free to focus on creating content. This content may be used at ABX, but may also be representative of new content types and delivery methods, keeping pace with 21st Century needs.

What will we do with the proceeds from the sale?

The proceeds from the sale of ABX, together with a reduced annual income stream (from BSA’s share in the show’s profits) will be reinvested to strengthen the BSA’s core mission of serving its members and the public.

When is ABX 2018?

ABX 2018 is November 28-29 at the BCEC. 

Questions? Write president@architects.org.