The Boise Architecture Project is a student project associated primarily with the Advanced Placement U.S. History courses at Boise and Timberline High Schools in Boise. The BAP was started in the spring of 2006 as a final assignment for the AP course and has expanded into a student run preservation project featuring a website, volunteerism, and architectural and history research. Boise has a wonderfully diverse collection of architecture and our students have found that studying local architecture and history complements their studies.
- 2009 City of Boise Arts and History Cultural Initiatives Grant recipient
- 2009 Idaho Humanities Council Grant recipient
- 2008 Preservation Idaho Orchid Award
- 2008 AASLH Award of Merit
BAP’s mission is for students to learn about local history, understand and appreciate different architectural styles and their connection to history, and contribute their research to the community of Boise. As an extension of the classes, students study architecture, acquire historical knowledge of their city, and meet a variety of folks in our neighborhoods. The BAP is also a digital education project. Students learn important project skills such as architectural photography, oral interview techniques, and digital project management through participating in the BAP.
The students completely manage and program BAP’s website (boisearchitecture.org), where pictures, architectural descriptions, and building history can be found for over 200 Boise buildings, ranging in age from over a century to new. Students detail their selected building by taking a collection of photos, conducting interviews, and writing a research paper. They post photos and a short summary of each building’s history and architectural style on the BAP website. BAP students also manage the project’s Facebook and Flickr sites and contribute blogs for the National Trust for Historic Preservation website under Teaching Preservation.
Other BAP activities include architecture walks, documentary film-making, volunteering for local history-related events, and working with local preservation organizations.