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The Boston Society of Architects/AIA is delighted to present the AIA Guide to Boston, available for the first time as a mobile app. Published in three prior paper editions, the Guide has been described as “the best [architecture field guide] of its kind on the continent." This updated digital version includes the entire contents of the 3rd edition plus hundreds of new sites and images from leading photographers.

The app features:
• Descriptions, stories, and photos of more than 1,000 sites across the metro area: contemporary landmarks, historical buildings, urban features, and parks
• In-depth guides to neighborhoods, architects, styles, and award winners
• Walking and site tours around prime destinations including Downtown, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, Harvard, MIT, and emerging districts.

This is the first American Institute of Architecture Guide anywhere to be published as a mobile app. It's:
• Effortless to carry. If you have your phone, you have the Guide (now the equivalent of a 500-page book!).
• Smart. Using GPS, the app can find the sites and guides closest to you, or alert you when you’re passing nearby.
• Connected. Directions are available with a tap, and live links to online resources provide more depth instantly.
• Up-to-date. New sites and guides are added to the app as the city grows and evolves.

For residents and visitors, architects and design lovers, developers and students, the AIA Guide to Boston offers a unique, fun new way to explore the architecture, history, and design highlights of the nation’s oldest major city.

Continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life.

What's New

Version 1.0.1

UI bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

5 out of 5

8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Great idea, well executed


Carrying this app on my phone, it's been easy to find interesting buildings everywhere I've used it around the city so far. There's tons of content - and lots of new entries since the book was last published.

Surprising it's taken this long for someone to put out an AIA city guide as an app - great to see Boston's the first! Well done BSA!

Informative and easy to use


This guide provides multiple ways to experience Boston's architecture---choose categories like architect, neighborhood, style, BSA award winners, and more. I love that i can choose to have the app alert me when I'm near a building of interest.

Can't wait to discover more


My husband and I just tried it on Comm Ave and found out that what seemed to be a very bland building was really very interesting. We walk all over Boston and look forward to more discoveries!



87.8 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
© 2017 Yonward and BSA


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