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Nov 17, 2022

BSA gears up to host annual meeting with keynote speaker Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA

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How can Boston be a national leader in climate adaptation and equity? How do the BSA’s priorities sync with those of the AIA? What’s in store for the BSA in 2023?

A discussion of these topics and others will take place at the 2022 BSA Annual Meeting on December 1 from 8:30 to 9:30 am. Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA, the next president of the AIA and one of Boston’s own, will engage in these topics with Nigel Jacob, who joined the BSA this fall as managing director of innovation.

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore how Boston can influence the national landscape and get a window into Grandstaff-Rice’s vision and priorities for her term as president of the AIA. Grandstaff-Rice will become president on December 8.

This year’s annual meeting comes on the heels of the BSA’s release of the inaugural Request for Innovations, a call for proposals furthering the BSA’s mission of championing equity and climate adaptation in the built environment.

Asked for her thoughts on Boston’s potential to influence the built environment nationally, Grandstaff-Rice said, “Boston has a long tradition of including architects in public processes that advance a better built world. This has led to a conversation about the role of the architect—as shapers of the built environment—in larger frameworks and systems. If there is a place to be innovative as an architect and shaper of the built world, it is here.”

Grandstaff-Rice was the 2014 president of the BSA/AIA, and during her tenure focused on topics impacting the profession and the city of Boston. She also chaired the AIA’s Equity in Architecture Commission, which produced recommendations for strengthening equity, diversity and inclusion across firms.

“Boston has been where my professional focus has been for the last two decades, and for that it has great meaning to me,” Grandstaff-Rice said. “I am always reenergized when I learn of the work of other members and visit the BSA for dialogue and networking. While I will be addressing the membership in a new national role, in some ways, I’m still that emerging professional who joined in 2003 and in 2014 served as president."

Jacob is managing director of innovation at the BSA. He joined the BSA this year after co-founding and serving as the co-chair of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics. He is a Barr Fellow and Northeastern University Burnes Center Fellow.

A business meeting will follow the speaking portion.

Register and see more information on the event page.