Celebrating heritage, design—and innovation

In July 2022, after more than 40 years of leadership, Ann Beha FAIA RAIC stepped down as a Principal at ABA. As Senior Collaborating Architect, Ann works with Annum on projects under her direction, and remains actively engaged in professional, cultural, and community initiatives.

Ann began her career in 1975 with a focus on historic preservation, building on her MIT training and her passion for history, design, cities, and people. As Assistant to the Head of the Department of Architecture and a Research Associate at MIT, Ann focused on academic planning, consensus building, and advocacy, all foundations of her practice.

Ann established Ann Beha Architects as a woman-owned firm, looking at ways that existing buildings could be adapted for contemporary needs, designing for community groups, and advancing young architects leadership. Ann’s advocacy, accomplishments, and volunteer initiatives led to expanded design opportunities with cultural, civic, and educational institutions. With Principals Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Tom Hotaling AIA, Philip Chen FAIA, and Steven Gerrard AIA, ABA’s national and international practice confirmed its leadership and voice for contemporary design and stewardship in civic, cultural and historic settings.

Contributions and Recognition

A Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Ann’s work and leadership has been honored by the AIA and its chapters. Ann received the BSA Women in Design Award, the Inaugural Honor Award from the US Department of State, Overseas Building Operations Industry Advisory Group, and the BSA Award of Honor, the organization’s highest recognition of an individual architect.

Ann lectures nationally and internationally on preservation and design. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture at City College of New York, and will be Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University in 2023.

Ann noted, “I envisioned a practice that explores heritage and the future, designing for new generations. I know that Annum Architects will expand that vision, engage the next generation of design leaders, and much more”.