Tuesday, September 28


The New Traditionalists


How do today's leading designers keep a fresh perspective on traditional design? Combining distinctively classic taste with new ideas and engaging twists on well-loved themes and details, noted designers

Allison Caccoma (San Francisco), Tiffany LeBlanc (Boston) and Ashley Whittaker (New York) share their tips and secrets on how to create tailored rooms that feel both familiar yet modern.  Traditional comfort continues to ring true, but engages our eyes with up-to-date color and patterns.  Bring your questions for a lively discussion, moderated by Boston Home Editor-in-Chief Andrea TimpanoRead more...

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Marathon Clambake


Join us in-person or digitally for Marathon Clambake! No clams -- just lots of design cookin'. This year, DESIGNxRI’s speaker line up has been curated in partnership with both Boston Design Week and Nashville Design Week! This inter-regional inter-disciplinary group of four speakers will blow you away. Each will present on their passion and practice, followed by a panel discussion with YOU! Come join us for an evening of design and community.  Read more...

6pm                                               Watch the Recording Here

An Interview with Architect Brett Rhode of Rhode Partners


Presented by Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Graduate Architecture Department

Explore both built and in-progress work by nationally-recognized architect Brett Rhode of the award-winning Austin-based firm Rhode Partners.  As the tallest residential tower west of the Mississippi River, Rhode's The Independent prioritizes views of the city and spacious interior configurations. Rhode's experience with designing for cities in the wake of climate change will spark his discussion with the head of MassArt's Graduate Architecture Program, Paul Hajian.   Read more...

Wednesday, September 29

1pm - 3pm - (Rain Date Thursday, September 30)

Plein Air Painting in Boston’s Public Garden

Presented by JW Reilly Gallery Boston

Enjoy a plein air painting demonstration in Boston’s most iconic setting: The Public Garden, sponsored by JW Reilly Boston, a gallery located in the Four Seasons Hotel specializing in New England artists.  Join artist Stan Moeller, known for his paintings of people and city scenes, near the 1867 Foot Bridge and the Swan Boats. Also enjoy artist Heidi Lorenz, known for her depictions of farm animals, as she turns her talents to depicting the swimming ducks and the almost-tame squirrels and birds that call the Garden home in the section across from the Four Seasons Hotel.  Plein air denotes the 19th-century French manner of painting outdoors that became a central feature of French Impressionism.  Read more....



From Riser to Tread: A Masterclass in Designing Stunning Stairs

Presented by Merida

Join Merida’s Business Development Manager Joni Mullen, renowned installer Bob Margies, and special guest Joan Grady, Principal Designer for J. Grady Home, for a masterclass in designing custom stairs that connect your project vision to the architectural beauty of the room. Follow the making of a fitted stair runner from design concept to fabrication and installation — and get a sneak preview of Merida’s newest stair designs, coming this fall.  Read more...

5pm - 7pm

AFH Open Studio  


A special kind of alchemy—the fresh, boundless thinking and new vision of AFH’s teen artists and designers! Join us for another special Boston Design Week edition of AFH’s Open Studio, featuring the paintings of Lavaughan Jenkins! AFH opens its creative studios for visitors to experience our mission, while viewing the largest collection of youth created fine art and design in Boston. Mingle, exchange ideas, and become inspired by one of Boston's most engaging enterprises. Read more....

5:30pm - 7:30pm                             Watch the Recording Here

A Marriage of Styles     


Presented by New England Home & Designer Bath  


Join New England media power couple Jenny Johnson and Robert Cocuzzo and esteemed interior designer Kate Maloney Albiani for a fun and informative talk on all things home! Johnson (TV host) and Cocuzzo (author and editor) recently embarked on the renovation and decoration of their brand-new home, collaborating with Maloney Albiani on all of the divine design details. Hear their collective insights on how they combined his and her tastes to create an inviting and on-trend home, not only for them, but also their growing family. Moderated by New England Home’s Editor at Large Clinton Smith, the talk is sure to entertain, enlighten and inspire.  Read more....

Thursday, September 30

Inside/Out 2021

Presented by the Boston Society of Landscape Architects


Join landscape architects and designers; clients, advocates, and activists; municipal officials and others for small, outdoor, socially distant site tours of landscapes throughout our region. Learn about the whole series taking place from now through November in locations across Massachusetts and Maine.



Your health is essential. On-site tour group size will be small (~20). Social distancing will be practiced. Extra masks and hand sanitizer will be provided on-site. If you don't feel well, please stay home.  All activities will be held outdoors. Please dress appropriately. In case of inclement weather, we will email all ticket holders to address any weather issues. It’s one reason we ask for registration.




Thursday September 30, 3pm                 SOLD OUT!

Boston City Hall Plaza Renovation (under construction)

This construction site tour will examine the changes underway for this iconic civic landscape, including strategies to make the Plaza more climate resilient, more attuned to our 21st century city, and more fun.  Led by Kate Tooke, ASLA, & Mauricio Gomez, Sasaki and Bob Johnson, Shawmut Construction and Commissioner Rob Melvin, Property Management Department; Dion Irish, Chief of Operations; and Maureen Anderson, City of Boston. Please note! This is an active construction site. Sturdy shoes required. Hard hats and vests will be provided to all participants.

Thursday September 30, 5pm

Langone Park & Puopolo Playground

Located on Boston Harbor, Langone Park & Puopolo Playground are a critical component of Climate Ready Boston, the City’s initiative to build climate resilience to flooding, stormwater, and extreme heat. This pair of newly renovated neighborhood parks is the first project within the Boston park system to integrate the standards set forth by the City of Boston’s Climate Resilient Design Standards and Guidelines. Led by Cheri Ruane, FASLA, and Brian Kunkel, Weston & Sampson and Cathy Baker-Eclipse, Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Tiffany Tiberio and Erik Walsh, Kompan.


Thursday, September 30, 5:30pm   - SOLD OUT!

MIT Campus Art and Architecture Tour

Presented by MIT List Visual Arts Center

Join MIT List Visual Arts Center on a public art tour showcasing art and architecture highlights across campus. View architecture highlights with accompanying artworks on this tour of the List Center’s public art collection of renowned contemporary artists featuring I.M. Pei, Sol LeWitt, Frank Gehry, and newly installed works by Alicja Kwade, Agnieszka Kurant and more.  Read more...

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The Independent, Austin, Texas
Plein Air Painting
in Boston's Public Garden
From Riser to Tread
AFH Open Studio
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Boston City Hall Plaza Renovation
Langone Park & Puopolo Playground

Agnieszka Kurant, The End of Signature, 2020-21. Rendering of sculptural commission in progress.

MIT Campus Art and Architecture Tour

Saturday, October 2


Bulfinch Awards ICAA-NE Keynote Breakfast

Join us at The Harvard Club to celebrate the 2020 & 2021 Bulfinch Award winners, and enjoy breakfast with two outstanding speakers focusing on Classical design. In the first program, Thomas Luebke, FAIA, Secretary of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, explores the phenomenon of the Second Empire style using the example of the colossal Eisenhower Executive Office Building. Then, Prof. Carroll William Westfall, former Notre Dame Chairman of the School of Architecture, takes a close look at the dominance of Modernism, and the strengthening restoration of the classical, offering evidence of that tradition’s contribution to the justice and the beautiful that we pursue.  Read more...


Saturday & Sunday, October 2 & 3

Special Events at the Eustis Estate Museum

A Property of Historic New England

1424 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA 02186

October 2, 9am - 10am

Walking Meditation at the Eustis Estate Museum

The tranquil landscape of the Eustis Estate provides a perfect backdrop to experience mindfulness movement through walking meditation. Walking meditation allows us to get out of our heads and be more aware of our bodies and the space we are in.

Please call 617-994-6600 for more information.

October 3, 10am and 1pm

Landscape Tours of the Eustis Estate Museum

Enjoy the seasonal splendor as you walk the grounds of the beautiful Eustis Estate abutting the Blue Hills Reservation. This guided tour explores the fields, woodland, and gardens as you learn about the landscape and history of the property. Details at https://my.historicnewengland.org/11513/eus-landscape-oct-3

Friday - Sunday, the Eustis Estate is open for self-guided tours from 10am - 4pm and guided tours at 11am and 2pm.  Information: 


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The Eustis Estate Museum