The Northeastern University chapter of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) has a tradition of conducting a series of architecture “firm crawls” throughout the semester. This month students visited three well-known Boston architecture firms including Machado and Silvetti, Payette, and the Institute for Human Centered Design. In addition to learning in class about the award winning buildings that local firms have produced, the firm crawls allow students to meet directly with the architects who worked on the design. Northeastern University’s location right in Boston offers a unique experience to architecture students by allowing them to get a behind-the-scenes look at these architecture firms. This interactive process is possible because of Northeastern’s strong relationships within the architecture community of Boston. Many of the firms participating in these crawls have even hired coop students and full time employees from Northeastern.
All firm crawls are free to architecture students and membership to the AIAS is not necessary to participate.