KidsBuild! 2019
April 6th – 7th
Stay Tuned! Registration coming in early March. Watch THIS site for updates.

Picture a large-scale model of a fictional city grid. Add hundreds of children and their families, choosing sites and building structures within zoning limitations spelled out by their building permit. After a building review, the children-architects are issued a certificate of occupancy by a building inspector. It’s architecture, it’s construction, it’s design. It’s children learning and having fun, with architects as their guides

KidsBuild! was first held in June 1992 in conjunction with the national AIA Convention at the Museum of Science, Boston. Since then the event has become an annual BSA/LBD/BSA Foundation program at BSA Space on Atlantic Wharf. We are committed to engaging children in hands-on, interactive explorations of architecture and urban design.

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KidsBuild! 2015. A special thanks to our 2015 sponsors, donors and volunteers!

Sponsors  Acentech  |  Boston Properties/ Atlantic Wharf BSA Foundation |  Commodore Builders | Chapman Construction/Design | DBA-W Architects | Margulies Perruzzi Architects |  Massachusetts Cultural Council  | WB Engineers+Consultants

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Services & Volunteer Support  Andrew T Johnson Boloco |  Bruegger’s | FASTSIGNS, Waltham |  Gensler | Massachusetts Convention Center Authority | NRI | SignWorks Group Starbucks, Brighton Village & Solider’s Field Road | Whole Foods, Charles River Plaza

Building Materials & Supplies  ADD Inc./ Stantec Americraft Carton ARC | Architerra Arrowstreet | Artaic | Beacon Architectural Associates | bh+a BKA Architects, Inc. | Bruner/Cott & Associates | Sandra Roedel/Building & Design Resources, Inc. | Cambridge Seven Associates, Inc. | Community Design Partnership  | ci design, inc. | DBA-W Architects | Dollar Tree, Brighton | Dyer Brown Architects FilzFelt  | Goody Clancy | Gensler | Gregorian Rugs | Home Depot, Watertown | Jeff Kennedy Associates, Inc. | Johnsonite | Kalin Associates | Landry & Arcari Rugs and Carpeting |  Lyons/Zarembai | Payette | Phelan Construction | Pinck & Co. PolarTec | PPG Architectural Coatings | Rand Whitney| Recycled Paper Printing, Inc. | Salesmaster Flooring Solutions Studio G Architects | Tappe Architects | The Tile Shop, Natick | Tiles Plus More | Utrecht, Boston | Ver-Tex Construction Specialities, Inc.

Alejandro Aguirre
Carlie Biron
Daniel Braswell
Keith Carlson
Polly Carpenter*
Bob Carroll
Michael Champagne
Pei Wan Cheng
Elizabeth Cilley
Luciana Coelho
Joshua Colantuoni
Caitlin Cyr*
Justin Cyr
Jonathan Danho
Griscel Diaz
Yvonne Dumas
Ashley Dunn*
Nicole Edmonds
Dan Estes
Mary Fichtner
Rachel Finkelstein
Emily Fischer
Lauren Friedrich
Casey Gallagher
Lynda Garber
Sara Garber
Natasha Gayl
Adam Gibbons
Yasmin Goris
Maxime Grandmaison
Susan Green
Robin Greenberg*
Roy Gustafson
Gabriela Guilarte
Douglas Hartunian
Tom Hay
Elad Horn
Jiashen Huang
Alyssa Hubbard
Tracey J
Camille Jania
Sarah Jump*
Katie Kaiser
Mel Kim
Mike Lawrie – Photography
Danielle Lax
Nicole Lecuivre
Theresa Lee
Erica LeLievre
Daniela Leon
Jen Littlefield*
Michael Littman
Shawn McCloy
Julia McElhinney
Carrie McMillen
Julie Misiewicz*
Penny Mitchell
Miriam Molken
Ellen O’Brien
Maisie O’Brien – Videography
Heather Pacheco
Danielle Pactovis*
Royce Perez
Michele Quinn
Rachel Reid
Jennifer Revill
Heather Richardson
Lisa Goodwin Robbins*
Mark Ross
Wang Rufei
Adam Schueler
Ingrid Shuttleworth*
Jyotsna Sivaguru
Maddy Shack
Craig Smith
Zhuangzhuang Song
Kristin Tedford
Rachel Winston
Rena Yang
*indicates Planning Committee

KidsBuild! 2014 was presented by LBD:MA with support from:

Sponsors and Services Boston Architectural College | Boloco | Boston Architectural College |  Boston Properties/ Atlantic Wharf | Boston Society of Architects | CE Floyd | Chapman Construction | Commodore Builders | DBA-W Architects | FASTSIGNS – Waltham |  Lyons Zaremba Margulies Perruzzi Architects | MassSAVE | Massachusetts Convention Center Authority | NRI | WB Engineers + ConsultantsWhole Foods – Charles River Plaza

Building Materials  ADD Inc. | Americraft Carton | Arrowstreet | BKA Architects DBA-W Architects | Dixon Salon Architects |  Dyer Brown & Associates |  FilzFelt | Gensler | Home Depot – Watertown | Johnsonite | K. Peterson Associates | Kalin Associates | Landry & Arcari Oriental Rugs and Carpeting | Olson Lewis + ArchitectsPayette | Perkins + Will | Polartec PPG Architectural Finishes | Rand Whitney | Shepley Bulfinch Studio G Architects | Tappe Associates | TRO JB | USG | Utrecht WB Mason | Wilson Architects

Volunteer Event Planning Committee: Ashley Dunn, Danielle Pactovis, Ingrid Shuttleworth, Jen Littlefield,  Julie Misiewicz,  Lee Dykxxhoorn, Lisa Goodwin Robbins, Polly Carpenter (LBD:MA Program Director), Priya Kalwani, Robin Greenberg (Chair), Sarah Jump,  Sofia Singler, Thomas Schwake

KidsBuild! 2013 was presented by LBD:MA with support from the Boston Society of Architects , the Boston Foundation of Architecture, the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the National Endowment for the Arts and other generous sponsors.

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