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For Students

Are you a high school or college student interested in, or studying, architecture/design? The BSA offers a space to learn more about architecture and connect with a professional network while providing opportunities to connect with our program work and Knowledge Community network.

If you're looking to learn more about architecture/design or connect with professionals, learn more about what the BSA can offer you below. This page aims to answer some of past student's most frequent questions.

What is the BSA?

The Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) houses our membership organization (BSA/AIA) and nonprofit (BSA Foundation) arms. The BSA is Boston chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is the oldest, and largest, chapter in the country. In addition to being a local AIA chapter, the BSA is also a charitable nonprofit organization, focused on assisting children, communities, and cities in exploring architecture and using the power of design.

The BSA exists to improve the quality of life for Boston-area residents by championing innovation in the built environment. To achieve this purpose, we activate our diverse and passionate network of about 4,500 members through collaborative initiatives, events, and programs.

Why should I get involved?

The BSA offers a variety of programs, services, and resources that students can engage with, and utilize, at different stages of their education. Some highlights include:

How can I become a member?

Through its Student Affiliate membership, the BSA invites students interested in architecture and the built environment to become more involved with the BSA and take part in the committees, programs, and events that the BSA can offer.

Student Affiliate membership is free for current high school and college students. To learn more and sign up, check out the BSA Student Affiliate page.

Curious to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved? We encourage you to reach out at [email protected].