ABA is led by three Principals: Ann M. Beha FAIA, Philip B. Chen AIA, Thomas M. Hotaling AIA. The firm was established over 30 years ago, has completed projects throughout the United States, and is known for its research, quality of design, and the talents and teamwork of its staff.
Ann M. Beha FAIA, Principal
Ann Beha’s projects have expanded the dialogue between tradition and innovation. Marked by strong historical, cultural, and educational content, her work advocates for innovative contemporary design within historic settings and for the sustainable renewal of existing buildings. Clients include the University of Chicago; Princeton University; MIT; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the US Department of State; and the Smithsonian Institution.
Ann Beha is a graduate of Wellesley College, received a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. A past Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, Ann has been a Trustee and past President of Historic New England, served on Visiting Committees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and is a member of Harvard University’s Design Advisory Panel. Ann has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, an Anniversary Award from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College, and the Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects.
Philip B. Chen AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Philip Chen's innovative design for new and historic structures has brought distinction and honors to his academic, cultural and civic projects. His clients include the Smithsonian Institution, Bates College, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Chicago, Drexel University, National Women’s Hall of Fame and the City of Boston.
Philip Chen is a Chair of the Education Committee for the School of Architecture Advisory Council at Northeastern University, and has been a Guest Critic at Northeastern University, the University of Houston, and Tulane University. He holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from Texas A&M University. Philip has led lectures for the AIA's Philadelphia Chapter, the Society for College and University Planning, and the New England Museum Association, and was recognized as an Emerging Leader in the Boston Business Journal.
Thomas M. Hotaling AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal
Tom Hotaling works with cultural and academic communities, creating new settings for their expanding missions that invite participation and engagement. His designs are informed by an in-depth understanding of each community’s goals, background, peers, and building heritage, and by the exploration of diverse options. With a background in adapting historic buildings for contemporary needs, he has an additional design focus on academic libraries, responding to the significant technological, collections, and patron services changes libraries are currently undergoing. Tom’s current and recent work includes the libraries of Phillips Exeter Academy, Washington University in St. Louis, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Tom Hotaling has lead courses on the preservation and adaptation of historic buildings at Harvard University, and is a Commissioner for the Boston Landmarks Commission, charged with the stewardship of the City’s built heritage. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Washington University, where he serves on the University’s National Council. Tom has been a guest lecturer for the Society for College and University Planning, a grants reviewer for the Pew Charitable Trust, and is a Trustee for the Instituto Internacional, a language and cultural center in Madrid.
Steven G. Gerrard AIA, LEED Green Assoc., Associate Principal
Steven Gerrard has practiced nationally and internationally on significant educational, cultural and institutional projects. His work has been published and honored with awards from the American Institute of Architects and its Chapters, including the Boston Society of Architects, AIA Rhode Island, AIA Vermont, and AIA New England. He has been a key design leader at ABA for over ten years.
Steven Gerrard has led designs for the New Britain Museum of American Art, Shelburne Museum, The Wheeler School, Colby College, and New England Conservatory of Music. He has served as a Visiting Professor at Roger Williams University and as Visiting Design Critic for the Rhode Island School of Design, the Boston Architectural College, and Northeastern University. Steven holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology.
Jonathan D. Ross AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal
Jon Ross leads project teams in the programming, planning and design of complex projects, focusing on academic and cultural clients. He has led master plans, programming studies, historic renovation / preservation and adaptive re-use projects, as well as additions and new construction. At ABA, Jon is Associate Principal for Yale University’s New Center for Humanities. Jon’s prior work at over 40 college and university campuses includes renovations to the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, additions and renovations to the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library at Phillips Academy, the Zorn Dining Commons at Keene State College, the Mary Brown Bullock Science Center at Agnes Scott College, master plans for the Law School and Regenstein Library at the University of Chicago, and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, all while at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott. Jon holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University. He is a member of the Society for College and University Planning and is a frequent guest juror at the Roger Williams University School of Architecture, Art, and Historic Preservation.
Richard Panciera AIA, LEED AP, Associate, Senior Technical Architect
Richard Panciera has been a core leader at ABA for 15 years, developing the firm's technical standards and contributing his deep understanding of building technology, materials, and construction systems. His focus is on the technical integration of envelope, code, systems and technology issues; quality control and assurance; project delivery; Revit modeling; constructability; and construction management processes. His work at ABA includes the Simons Building for Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; the University of Chicago's Saieh Hall for Economics; the Embassy for the United States in Athens, Greece; renovation and restoration of the Cambridge Public Library; the adaptive re-use of the Liberty Hotel; the Currier Museum of Art; the Portland Art Museum; and the Clark Art Institute. Ric Panciera holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a member of the Boston Society of Architects' Building Enclosure Council and the Construction Administration Roundtable, and was on the Boston Society of Architects' Building Enclosure Council Design Awards Committee.
Jason Bowers AIA, LEED AP, Associate
A senior design leader at ABA, Jason Bowers' work includes planning and design for academic and cultural institutions, ranging from landmarks such as the Massachusetts State House, to the new campus center for The Wheeler School in Rhode Island. Other projects include Master Plans for a new Student Union / Campus Center at Johns Hopkins University, and historic Fort Adams in Rhode Island. As Project Architect for Cornell University's Law School expansion, Jason led a multiple-disciplined team through all phases of design to deliver a new LEED Platinum Academic Center. He currently leads the revitalization of three buildings as new centers for the arts and community at St. Paul’s School, and a new Center for the Arts at the Brooks School. Jason holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Texas, Austin and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Colorado College. He leads ABA’s Project Delivery Task Force, has been a Guest Lecturer at the City College of New York, and has been a studio instructor at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, the Boston Architectural College and Wentworth Institute of Technology.
Edward O. Rice AIA, LEED AP, Associate
Edward Rice has led award-winning renovation and new construction projects, seamlessly integrating sustainable design principles and new technologies into existing buildings and historic landmarks. His work for the Carl A. Fields Center at Princeton University was honored with awards from the AIA’s New Jersey and Boston Chapters and his project for MIT creates a new home for the Department of Mathematics in a renewed and expanded campus landmark. Ed was the Project Manager and Architect for a comprehensive Master Plan for the Museum of Arts, Boston, including development of a program for the entire Museum and their expansion into the historic Forsyth Building, as well as renovations to the Michael C. Ruettgers Coin Gallery, the Art of the Ancient World Gallery, and the Art of Japan Gallery. Ed is currently Project Manager for a Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Architectural Studies from MIT and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University. Ed leads ABA’s Sustainability Task Force, has presented at ABX, and has served as a Teaching Assistant for architectural studios at MIT and Cornell University.
Kathleen Gerner AIA, LEED AP, Associate
Katie Gerner has managed complex academic and civic projects from planning and conceptual design through project completion. Her focus on quality assurance and project delivery is an integral resource to ABA, extending from existing building assessments to historic preservation, contemporary design, and building technology. Katie is a member of the ABA Personnel and Project Delivery Task forces and has led the ABA student Intern Program. She was Project Manager for the award-winning $105M Saieh Hall for Economics for the University of Chicago and is currently Project Manager for the United States Embassy in Athens, a $183M redesign of the embassy complex, including Walter Gropius’ landmark Chancery building. Katie holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Tulane University, has presented at ABX, and has been a guest Design Critic and Portfolio Reviewer at the Boston Architectural College.
Robert A. Carroll AIA, LEED AP, Associate
Robert Carroll has led master plans, programming studies, as well as additions and new construction projects, with a focus on academic clients. At ABA, Robert is Project Architect for the Springfield Technical Community College project, a $38M transformation of an historic armory into a new student service campus centerpiece. At Payette, his prior projects included work at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, MIT, Harvard University and Cornell University. Bob holds a Master of Architecture Degree from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from the University of Hartford. He has been a guest Design Critic at Wentworth Institute of Technology and the Boston Architectural College, and is a volunteer for local organizations such as KidsBuild, Canstruction and the Winthrop Planning Board.