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Arch/Design Thinking Week

Arch Design Thinking Week

Architects from local firms facilitate the 4-day workshop and assist students on their individual projects.

Image Credit: Chase Richardson

The BSA and BSA Foundation aim to create opportunities for local students to build awareness about architecture while exploring potential career paths. By partnering with the Boston Private Industry Council (PIC), the BSA is able to connect interested Boston Public School (BPS) students with paid career exploration and internship opportunities throughout their high school careers.

Architecture/Design Thinking Week provides public high school students with the opportunity to learn about architecture from local architects. Evolving from Design Thinking Day (2016-2020), the four-day workshop is now hosted at BSA Space each February School Vacation and transforms the BSA's galleries into a pop-up design studio fit for drawing and model making.

This program is made possible through a collaborative effort between the BSA, PIC, and four local architecture firms. Design staff from Finegold Alexander Architects, Goody Clancy, HMFH Architects, and Sasaki/Sasaki Foundation facilitate each day of the workshop. Participating students work through a design prompt, gaining new design skills, and learning to communicate their ideas ahead of the final Share Out.

Providing pathways to architecture and related fields is resonant with the BSA and BSA Foundation's missions. Following the workshop, interested students are provided a stipend for their time as well as support to pursue their interests further. Past participants have gone on to pursue architecture through BSA x PIC's Architecture/Design High School Internship, Sasaki Foundation's Summer Exploratory Experience in Design (SEED), and other partner programs.


February 20-23, 2024

BSA Space
290 Congress Street, Boston, MA


Four-day workshop

Grade Levels
9-12, Boston Public Schools

Design Thinking Day: 2017-2020
Architecture/Design Thinking Week(s): 2021-present

January-February: Firm planning and student outreach
February: Workshop


Student Outreach
Boston Private Industry Council

Firm Facilitators
Finegold Alexander Architects
Goody Clancy
HMFH Architects

Sasaki x Sasaki Foundation


Thank you to our firm partners and those who have supported the development of this program. To support this and other K-12 programs, consider donating to the BSA Foundation.

K-12 Design Education

Questions about Architecture/Design Thinking Week or other K-12 Design Education programs? Feel free to reach out to Design Education and Engagement Manager, Taylor Johnson, [email protected].

Learn more about K-12 Design Education