Arrowstreet was commissioned by the Boston non-profit educational group Artists for Humanity to design a new, 22,500-square-foot headquarters and studio space on an urban site in South Boston. The building includes painting, silkscreen, photo, and sculpture studios, as well as gallery space to accommodate 500 people. Interior spaces are open, unobstructed, and flexible to adapt to the changing needs of the center and its students.  An important project goal was to maximize renewable energy generation and to minimize energy consumption. A grant for the photovoltaic array was provided by the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative.

Project Details


South Boston, MA


Artists for Humanity


22,500 SF




LEED Platinum




Best Installation, 2012

MetLife Foundation

Innovative Space Awards, 2010

American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment

Top Ten Green Project Award, 2007

Boston Society of Architects, NY Chapter, American Institute of Architects

Award for Design, K-12 Educational Facilities, 2005

Boston Society of Architects

Honor Award

American Institute of Architects

Committee on Architecture for Education Excellence Award, 2006


“Arrowstreet’s unique design for our new building truly represents who we are and what we do. It is a perfect reflection of our spirit of progressive action and our mission of developing creativity, entrepreneurship, and self sufficiency in young people.”

– Susan Rodgerson, Artists for Humanity

Photos by Richard Mandelkorn Photography

Architectural Plans / Process