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Dear BSA/AIA Member:

You may have heard the news. At the end of 2018, Renée Loth Hon. BSA will be retiring as editor of ArchitectureBoston magazine (AB). It’s a bittersweet moment, to be sure. In her almost seven-year term, Renée not only preserved AB’s legacy, which began under founding editor Elizabeth Padjen FAIA, but enlarged and expanded it. 

Less widely known is that 2019 will also introduce another exciting transition for AB.

In 2019, ArchitectureBoston will become an online journal. After more than a year of research, a board-led AB task force concluded that this transition was necessary in order to serve the needs of AB’s current and future readership. While still theme-based, content will be more current and can be more easily shared. Fiona Luis, who has partnered with Renée to edit AB for more than five years, will stay on as Editorial Director to guide AB into the digital age. The BSA/AIA also plans to print one edition of AB each year, in the autumn, to reinforce ArchitectureBoston’s thought leadership.

As a quarterly publication, AB has consistently explored thematic content by publishing established journalists, design professionals, industry experts, and emerging voices. That tradition will continue, but in March 2019—at the same time you would be receiving the year’s first print edition in your mailbox—an entirely new format for AB will emerge.

The rollout plan is swiftly evolving, and we’ll keep you informed.  

We expect a few bumps over the next few months, but we’re securing our seat belts for what we hope will be a remarkable and rewarding ride.

Please reach out to Pamela de Oliveira-Smith (psmith@architects.org / 617-391-4001) or me at any time. As always, we welcome your comments, critiques, and good ideas.

Sincerely,

Eric White signature

Eric White, BSA Executive Director