Boston Architecture Workshop & Course Resources, Tools, Process

This unique course allows students to work hands-on with primary sources to uncover the rich histories of Boston’s neighborhoods. In previous years, students have explored the architectural and urban transformations that took place in Jamaica Plain and Brighton, with specific projects emphasizing the nuances of the residential, commercial, industrial, and civic developments in these areas. Balancing cultural readings of the neighborhoods with architectural analysis, primary sources, and field research, students have an opportunity to understand and narrate the rich history of the urban settlement right in BU’s backyard.

The following pages include a sampling of the original student scholarship completed for the Boston Architecture Workshop, including brief glimpses into the neighborhoods of inquiry. This work highlights the rigorous and multifaceted research methods that students employ within the course and the Historic Preservation Program at BU more broadly. Click through the below images to view the neighborhood research.