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​The Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA) reaches its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017. To celebrate its history as its gaze turns toward the future, each week throughout the year the BSA will publish a new essay from a leader or ally of the organization. An exhibition focusing on the BSA's achievements over the last 150 years is mounted at BSA Space.

Boston City Hall and the Governor’s Office of Massachusetts proclaims June 21, 2017 as the Boston Society of Architects/AIA Day. Join the sesquicentennial celebration as the summer solstice aligns with the day of the BSA’s incorporation to ring in the new season and honor a century and a half of the architecture community in Boston. 

Feature: The rump presidency

Jane Weinzapfel FAIA, 2006 BSA president
"Given the issues of this current federal rump presidency, it is a great pleasure to reflect on the contrasting legacies of our BSA and BSA presidencies." Read more.

Anniversary letters

Invitation to Art with Walter Gropius

Tom Payette, founder, Payette
On May 29, 2013, BSA members were invited to BSA Space to enjoy libations while drawing the lineage of their firms on butcher paper taped to the gallery walls. We...


Invitation to Art with Walter Gropius

Walter Gropius, founder, Bauhaus
In this week’s Reflections on the BSA video, view a special pull from the archives with an interview of Walter Gropius in “Invitation to Art” with Brian O’Doherty from...

Peter Kuttner FAIA created a cartoon panel in 2005, after running into a small cluster of past-presidents on the show floor of BuildBoston. This chance occurrence happened again in 2007, and at ABX 2013, and 2014. With each new photo, Peter continued to extend the cartoon panel with the line-up of each year's photo. In the spirit of celebrating the BSA's 150th, he has submitted his ongoing panel of past-presidents as a memory for the community to share.

The line up is as follows from left to right.
Rebecca Barnes FAIA (2001), Robert Brown AIA (2001–2002), David Dixon (2003), Brian Healy FAIA (2004), Hubert Murray FAIA (2007), Jane Weinzapfel FAIA (2006), Laura Wernick FAIA (2012), Mike Davis FAIA (2013), Emily Grandstaff-Rice FAIA (2014), Larry Chan FAIA (2010), George Metzger AIA (2005), Peter Kuttner FAIA (1998), Chuck Redmon FAIA (1988), and Tom Payette FAIA (1984).

Image courtesy of Peter Kuttner FAIA.

Past Events

January 18, 2018 | 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
June 21, 2017 | 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
April 9, 2017 (All day)
April 8, 2017 (All day)