Architecture for Everyone

An annual festival of the Boston Society of Architects and now a program of the BSA Foundation, Common Boston promotes a greater appreciation of the built environment, inspires discussion about excellence in design, planning, and preservation, and broadens awareness of the rich architectural and cultural traditions present in diverse communities throughout greater Boston. 

CB16 occurs Saturday, June 4 and Sunday, June 5, and will celebrate ten years of Common Boston programming in an "open house" format. Learn more about the 2016 festival and how you can participate here! 

CB16 Festival Committee

Kevin Derrick (Chair), Scott Bascom, Polly Carpenter, Melody Craven, Luis Fernando Araque, Mary Fichnter, Kathy Hunt, Anne Lewis, Ines Llopart Martinez, Linda Mullen

CB Emeriti
Dana Busch, Julie Chen, Justin Crane, Alyson Fletcher, Valerie Fontana Shulman, David Hacin, Mary Hale, Kenny Isidoro, Julie Jancewicz, Conor MacDonald, Heather MacLean, Ron Mallis, Whitney Mapes, Rebecca McWilliams, Penny Mitchell, Hubert Murray, Jon Pate, Danielle Pillion, Vicki Rugo, Caroline Stevens, Eric White

Since 2006, we've hosted over 250+ events for thousands of attendees in 35 communities around the region. In doing so, our all-volunteer organization impacts greater Boston in multiple ways:

  • Helps designers and the public discover Boston's history, cultural assets, small businesses, neighborhood development, architecture, art, regional communities, and more.
  • Breaks down silos and encourages a greater spirit of collaboration among designers, firms, organizations and the public.
  • Inspires people to share personal experiences, community challenges, neighborhood resources, and business opportunities.
  • Enhances the profile of Boston as a diverse, vibrant community with a rich cultural tradition.
  • Facilitates economic growth, access and opportunity, especially in underserved areas.