Ayer Mansion
Boston Architectural College
Boston Public Library, Central Branch
Boston Public Library, Honan-Allston Branch
Boston Public Library, East Boston Branch
Boston Public Library, Parker Hill Branch
Boston Public Library, Hyde Park Branch
Boston Public Library, Mattapan Branch
BSA Space
Cambridge City Hall
Christ Church Cambridge
Church of the Covenant
District Hall
Dorchester Heights Monument
Eliot Hall and the Footlight Club
Eliot School of Fine Arts
Emerald Necklace Conservancy
Ether Dome and the Bulfinch Building, MGH
Fenway Studios
Fenway Victory Gardens
Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site
GrandTen Distilling
Hibernian Hall

The Innovation and Design Building
The KITCHEN at Boston Public Market
Loring-Greenough House
Lunder Art Center, Lesley University
MassArt, Design and Media Center
MassArt, Treehouse Residence Hall
Midway Artist Studios
MIT List Visual Arts Center
Nichols House Museum
Old North Church
Otis House, Historic New England
Paul S. Russell, MD Museum of Medical History and Innovation
Restoration Resources
Strand Theatre
South Street Farm by Groundwork Somerville
Urbano Project
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture, Inc.
Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
William Clapp House, Dorchester Historical Society
Capt. Lemuel Clapp House, Dorchester Historical Society
James Blake House, Dorchester Historical Society
Y2Y Harvard Square
YMCA of Greater Boston


What is Common Boston?

We are an all-volunteer program of the Boston Society of Architects. Since 2006, Common Boston has brought together designers and the public to build valuable relationships and a more vibrant urban environment through our signature events and programming. We create opportunities for networking, dialogue, and investment among designers, nonprofit organizations, businesses and communities all while contributing to Boston's creative economy. 

What kind of events and programming do you develop?

Some of our signature programs include

  • Roundtables – Relaxed conversations with those who live, work, and play in our Common Points. These help us delve deeper into our featured neighborhoods and give us better insight to the opportunities, challenges, and resources within the community. Occurs once for each Common Point, and are both open to the public and always free.
  • CB Forum – A moderated panel discussion with design, business, academic, civic and community leaders. We'll ask these folks to share their POV and expertise, in addition having a Q&A with an attending audience. 
  • dParty – Just as it sounds! This is a fun and lively get-together within the Common Point neighborhood. We work with a partner space to create a one-night-only go-to venue for music, dancing, drinks and more. (Have a space that might fit the bill? Please let us know!)
  • Common Build– A 72-hour design-build competition with a number of great prizes to be won. Teams of people of all ages and backgrounds work against the clock to solve a design challenge of a specific organization or community. 
  • Tours – How else do you get to a know a place if you don't explore it? Architecture, art, green space, signage, lighting, and even food have been the focus of our many popular tours. We've gone by foot, bike, and boat too.  
  • Exhibits/Lectures/Installations/Etc – We've curated public art displays, sponsored talks on the history of Boston, created exhibits that showcase our built environment, and helped support an ever-diverse array of programming. In doing so we frequently partner with community groups, schools, small businesses, residents and others. 

What kind of impact do you make?

Since 2006, we've hosted over 250 events for 7,500+ attendees in 32 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.
  • Showcases trends and development impacting the built environment and communities
  • Facilitates economic growth, access and opportunity, especially in underserved areas

When does this all happen?

In years past we've held a 10-day festival full of great events for designers and the public to enjoy. This year we're taking a break to gear up for our TEN YEAR ANNIVERSARY in 2016! But don't fret, we'll back with a whole new festival in 2016. Make sure to sign up for our Newsletter to keep informed.

This all sounds great! How do I get involved?

We have multiple options for people and organizations to join our team– you can Volunteer to help develop programming, act as a Partner organization and collaborate on events, and/or Sponsor Common Boston with resources such goods, services, hosting, and financial support too. Just click here to send us a note!

2007–2013 program archive: