100th Annual Meeting - Digital Aptitudes

ACSA 100th Annual Meeting  March 1-4, 2012 in Boston, MA
Host School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Co-chairs: Mark Goulthorpe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Amy Murphy, University of Southern California


In conjunction with Boston By Foot, ACSA is happy to offer several tours of the Boston area. Tours are filled on a first-come first-served basis so be sure to sign up in advance to guarantee your spot on the tours! Tour descriptions, dates, and times can be found below.

In order to register for a tour, you must be registered for the ACSA 100th Annual Meeting. If you have already registered for the conference, you can edit your registration online to add tours or guest tickets to the ACSA 100 Gala by clicking the "Register Now" button below. Please contact Jonathan Halpin, Conferences Manager, 202.785.2324 ext 2 with any questions.

*Please note that tours will be held partially or entirely outdoors. Please dress appropriately for Boston weather in March as the tours will be held regardless of the temperature outside. Walking boots, heavy coats, and winter gear are strongly recommended. All tours will meet at the Boston Park plaza and travel to the Meeting Locations together.




Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum - $20
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Tour: 2:30 pm-5:00 pm (meet at 2:00 pm in the Boston Park Plaza to depart for the museum via the T)

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is at once an intimate collection of fine and decorative art and a vibrant, innovative venue for contemporary artists, musicians and scholars. Housed in a stunning 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a sun- and flower-filled courtyard, the museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. To learn more about the museum, click here.

Victorian Back Bay - $20
Friday, March 2, 2012
Tour: 11:00 am-1:00 pm (meet at 10:30 am in the Boston Park Plaza to depart for the meeting location)
Meeting Location: Steps of Trinity Church, Copley Square

Boston’s Back Bay embraces one of America’s richest collections of art and architecture. Its treasures include Trinity Church, the Boston Public Library, and grand rows of stately townhouses. Learn about the filling of the Back Bay, the creation of the neighborhood, and how this was enabled by the development of new technology in the mid-1800s. Designed to imitate the grand boulevards of Paris, the Back Bay is one of the few areas of Boston where the streets are straight and the side walks wide.


Boston Underfoot - $20
Friday, March 2, 2012
2:00-4:00 pm (meet at 1:30pm in the Boston Park Plaza to depart for the meeting location)
Meeting Location: The Statue of Samuel Adams in front of Faneuil Hall on Congress Street; location can be access by the the T

Follow Boston’s great engineering feats from the filling of the Back Bay to the Big Dig, now America’s largest public works project. Ride the nation’s first subway; and learn about such taken-for-granted utilities as water, sewage, gas, steam, and electricity. Join us for this unique look at Boston where most of the sightseeing takes place around your feet! Learn the origin of manholes, the different ways to engineer a tunnel, the secret identities of some of Boston's newest buildings, and what was so big about a recent dig.


Contemporary Boston - $20
Saturday, March 3, 2012
10:30 am-12:30 pm (meet at 10:00 am in the Boston Park Plaza to depart for the meeting location)
Meeting Location: Behind 290 Congress Street on Fort Point Channel

Boston, a city steeped in history, is often best known for its examples of Federal and Victorian architecture. Yet the city’s architectural landscape has continued to evolve, and in recent years contemporary architecture in Boston has flourished. While Boston boasts innovative and eclectic architecture of all periods, there remains no singular area in Boston to showcase newer buildings. Indeed, many of the most recent buildings can be found distributed throughout the city and surrounding areas, such as local college campuses and in the Longwood Medical Area. Boston By Foot's newly-updated Contemporary City tour will hone in on the city's downtown area, offering a sampling of Boston's architecture in the Waterfront neighborhood and Financial District from the past 50 years. We'll explore innovative and eclectic buildings by firms such as CBT, Elkus|Manfredi, Philip Johnson, Jung|Brannen, and I.M. Pei, and more.


MIT - $20
Saturday, March 3, 2012
2:45-4:45 pm (meet at 2:15 pm in the Boston Park Plaza to depart for the meeting location)
Meeting Location: MIT Entrance Lobby, 77 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Join us as BBF crosses the Charles for a close encounter with the architecture and public art of MIT. Our guided walk traces MIT's evolving campus. From the 1950’s through the 1970’s, MIT attracted such internationally famous designers as Aalto, Saarinen, Pei, and Catalano. Today, the school is nearing the end of a major building program with the completion of projects by Gehry Partners with Cannon Design; Steven Holl Architects with Perry Dean Rogers & Partners; and Kevin Roche, John Dinkeloo & Assoc. and Sasaki Associates.


Gropious House (bus tour) - $50
Sunday, March 4, 2012
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Meeting Location: Boston Park Plaza

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. He designed the Gropius House as his family home when he came to Massachusetts to teach architecture at Harvard's Graduate School of Design.

Modest in scale, the house was revolutionary in impact. It combined the traditional elements of New England architecture—wood, brick, and fieldstone—with innovative materials rarely used in domestic settings at that time, including glass block, acoustical plaster, chrome banisters, and the latest technology in fixtures.

In keeping with Bauhaus philosophy, every aspect of the house and its surrounding landscape was planned for maximum efficiency and simplicity of design. The house contains a significant collection of furniture designed by Marcel Breuer and fabricated in the Bauhaus workshops. With the family's possessions still in place, the Gropius House has a sense of immediacy and intimacy.

For more information about the Gropious House, click here.