Architecture/Design College Fair

Saturday, September 24, 2016 | 10:00 AM2:00 PM
Price: Free and open to high school and undergraduate students
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress St. Boston MA 02210

Are you thinking about a career in architecture, interior design, or landscape design? If so, explore the possibilities at the BSA Architecture/Design College Fair.

Representatives of more than 40 colleges and universities will be on hand at the BSA’s Architecture/Design College Fair to answer questions about portfolios, admissions, scholarships, curricula, and more. Learn what it takes to succeed—attend free workshops.

In addition to this College Marketplace, you’ll find workshops for design-focused students. Hear the inside story from our keynote speaker who will describe “the life of an architect” and what it’s really like to be in architecture school. You can also get tips on portfolio requirements, and choosing the right school.

More information and a list of participating schools is HERE.

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Fall Family Design Days @BSA SPACE Series

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Family Design Day Programs @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these two hour, hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design of Boston and the world through exhibit tours, neighborhood walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Designers lead these programs.

Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 @ BSA SPACE, 290 Congress St., Boston

Fall Family Design Day Schedule: 

  • September 17: LEGO City
  • October 15: Canstruction! Journey Into Space. 
  • November 19: Boston Bridges. 
  • December 17: Gingerbread Design.

Click here For More Information and Event Registrations

Please see our Volunteer Page to volunteer for any of these events.

Family Day Programs are designed for children ages five – 13, accompanied by an adult (a maximum ratio of three children per one adult will be required). Tickets are $10/$8 BSA members and Friends of BSA Space. Program begins promptly at start time. Registration is strongly recommended. Family Design Days are a program of the BSA Foundation and are supported by Atlantic Wharf.

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LEGO® CITY


The BSA Foundation received a grant from Hanley Wood for Learning By Design to work with families in LEGO® City, an innovative program that will engage area young people and their families in the first citywide plan in 50 years called Imagine Boston 2030. This spring, volunteers and design educators will hold workshops across Boston in which participants will go through the design process to envision their city in 2030. The workshops will begin with architects and urban planners introducing families to urban design concepts. Participants will then brainstorm their own ideas about how to create a city that is more beautiful, resilient, and equitable. Young designers will construct their ideas using LEGO® bricks, and then present their ideas to their peers and to a panel of design professionals. Workshops are scheduled in East Boston, Mattapan, Roslindale, Downtown, and Roxbury. Contact us for more information.

LEGO® CITY Schedule:

  • Cambridge Science Festival April 22
  • Sumner Elementary Roslindale April 30
  • East Boston Public Library May 7
  • New Academy Estates, Roxbury May 15
  • Mattapan Public Library June 17

Please see our Volunteer Form to volunteer for any of these events.

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Winter/Spring Family Design Days @ BSA SPACE

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Family Design Days @ BSA SPACE encourage children and adults to observe, explore and design together. In these two hour, hands-on workshops, families are introduced to architecture and design of Boston and the world through exhibit tours, neighborhood walking tours or slide shows, and then complete a hands-on design activity. Architects and Designers lead these programs.

Saturdays 10:30 – 12:30 @ BSA SPACE, 290 Congress St., Boston*

Winter/Spring Family Design Day Schedule: 

  • January 23: Getting Around in a Galaxy Far Far Away. This month, Family Design Days will fly into the Star Wars galaxy to think about what inter-galactic transportation designers need to consider. Participants will build their designs using recycled materials.
  • *February 13: Design Your Dream Room at the Concord Museum, Concord MA. Families will explore the exhibit Middlesex County Modern to learn about the features and principles of Modern architecture and then design their own dream room using recycled materials. Registration for this program is HERE.
  • February 27: Skyscraper Challenge. Learn more about the architecture, science, and art behind what keeps the world’s tallest buildings standing and then, using a kit of parts, design and build your own skyscraper. *A session for age 10-14 will occur from 1:00pm – 3:00 pm.
  • March 19: Dream Dwellings. Taking inspiration from the exhibition Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie  participants will transform a basic shoe box into a dream apartment with unique green space that reflects the goals of Habitat ’67.
  • April 9 & 10: KidsBuild! Registration will open in early March.
  • *Friday April 22: Cambridge Science Festival. Imagine Boston with LEGO Bricks.
  • May 21: Animal Habitats. Explore the wonders of animal architecture, and design your own structure for a special creature.
  • June 18: Extraordinary Playscapes. Explore the way playground design can improve the quality of life for children and families through a tour of the exhibition Extraordinary Playscapes and then design and build the perfect playscape for your neighborhood.

Click here For More Information and Event Registrations

Please see our Volunteer Form to volunteer for any of these events.

Family Day Programs are designed for children ages five – 13, accompanied by an adult (a maximum ratio of three children per one adult is required). Tickets are $8/$10 per person (unless otherwise notes), children and adults. Program begins promptly at start time. Registration is strongly recommended. Family Design Days are a program of the BSA Foundation.

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Teen Architecture Workshop @ BSA SPACE

April 19, 2016 | 10:00 AMApril 21, 2016 | 10:00 AM
Price: $300 ($255 for BSA members and Friends of BSA Space), materials included
Where: BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston

Explore architecture and interior design through a three-day hands-on design workshop in which you will create your own micro-housing unit—the new trend in innovative housing.

In this Learning By Design workshop you will have the opportunity to work with professional architects, tour an architecture firm, design and create a 3D model, and present your work to a panel of professionals. This workshop is for teenagers aged 13 to 16; no experience is necessary, but register now, as space is limited.

This is a three-day workshop, April 19, April 20, and April 21, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm each day.

This event is a program of the BSA Foundation.

Image: Rendering courtesy of Add Inc/Stantec, modified.

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KidsBuild! Registration is OPEN!

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Register to attend HERE

Register to Volunteer HERE

Learn more about becoming a Sponsor HERE

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A Year of Designing with Children

We’re reflecting on a banner year for youth design programs and washing up to get ready for 2016!

CVKv8BYWUAAnaDzHappy New Year and Thank You to all of our children, parents, architects, designers and supporters for what Learning By Design programs of the BSA Foundation accomplished in 2015.

Being an ArchSUPPORT! With your help,  we engaged over 1200 children in Architecture & Design Activities, totaling 11,800 student impact hours.

Being Tension

WORK! Over 200 Architects volunteered over 1000 hours bringing the joy of designing to children.

 

Being a Dome

BUILD! Working together, we built over 1200 hands-on design projects. From bridges to cities, to gingerbread houses.

We look forward to bringing Architecture and Design activities to more Massachusetts children in 2016.

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