For Students: Why the BSA?
That's a great question and you're in the right place to learn more about what the Boston Society for Architecture can offer you!
What is the BSA?
The simplest way to describe the BSA is that we are the Boston chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and of the oldest and largest chapters in the country! In addition to being your local AIA chapter, we are also a charitable nonprofit organization where we assist children, communities, and cities by using architecture and power of design.
The Boston Society for Architecture exists to improve the quality of life for Boston-area residents by championing innovation in the built environment. To achieve this purpose, the we activate our diverse and passionate network of around 4,500 members through a portfolio of collaborative initiatives that apply solutions that move us toward a more equitable and sustainable future. Join us as we build a just and sustainable Boston, together.
Why should I get involved?
The BSA offers plenty of services, programs, and resources that students can engage with and utilize at any stage in their education.
Take advantage of our FREE student membership!
The BSA invites students interested in architecture and the built environment to become more involved with the amazing committees, programs, events, learning, and networking that the BSA can offer—all for free!Learn more
Not in an IPAL program but thinking about licensure? Join the ARE Prep/Licensing program! We have a full library of ARE 5.0 study materials and resources and opportunities to connect with additional aspiring architects currently studying as well as NBCARB advisors.
Attending school in the Boston region but feeling like you're caught up on current local architecture and design news? Check out the BSA newsletters.
A great way to engage with current design and architecture work is through our exhibitions. BSA Space hosts exhibitions on design and architecture along with programs and events that foster exchange between the profession and the public.
Looking for work as a current student or recent graduate? Visit our jobs board: an active hub for architecture and building-related positions at all levels including internships.
Are you looking to deepen your knowledge on a specific topic, engage in discussion, share ideas, and grow your professional network? Consider joining a BSA Knowledge Community! Our 40+ KnoCos meet regularly and are welcome to all. If you are about to graduate or a recent graduate, we recommend joining our Emerging Professionals Network (EpNET).
BSA Member Resource Guide
Interested in learning more about the BSA and its offerings to architects, designers, and students like you? Click below to view our Member Resource Guide or visit the Member Resources page.
Curious to learn more about what we do and how you can get involved? We encourage you to reach out!
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