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Spring 2020 Newsletter: Planning for Uncertain Times

At ABA, we’re navigating and forging new modes of work, collaboration, and delivery. And as we move forward, we know that needs have changed for our clients and the people they serve

Philip Chen elevated to the AIA College of Fellows

Ann Beha Architects is proud to announce that our President Philip Chen has been elevated to the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows. Through his award-winning projects, firm leadership, and advocacy, Philip has made heritage, community, and design excellence a part of everyday life for his clients, his firm, and the greater public. His portfolio includes the United States Embassy in Athens, projects for the Smithsonian Institution, a campus center on a National Historic Landmark Site, and educational and civic projects around the country.

Jackie Mossman has been promoted to Associate!

Jackie Mossman AIA joined ABA in 2011. Since that time, she has excelled as a designer, studio leader, and project manager. She has directed ABA’s intern program for several years and provides mentoring in studio and through the Boston Society of Architects. At Springfield Technical Community College, she led programming and design for the renovation of a 19th-century building on the Springfield Armory National Historic Site into a new Student Learning Commons.

Ed Rice to participate in Chicago's Building Museums Symposium panel

Ed Rice of Ann Beha Architects is moderating a panel “Flood Resiliency for Museums: Turning Obligations to Opportunities” at the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Building Museums Symposium.

The Phillips Academy's Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, in Andover, is complete!

Students at Phillips Academy, Andover, started the 2019–20 academic year eventfully — with a joyful return to the newly renovated Oliver Wendell Holmes Library. A central component of the Andover experience for nearly 90 years, the library has been re-designed by Ann Beha Architects to enhance the academic, creative, and social life of the Academy. Integrating the interior of original 1929 building with that of a 1987 addition, ABA’s vision preserved the library’s historic spirit while transforming the spaces into nimble, adaptable settings capable of responding to the shifting demands of learning and information access.

ABA wins the 2019 Crombie Taylor Award for preservation and restoration of Chicago’s Newberry Library

The Newberry Library renovations balance preservation with contemporary design. Civic and welcoming, the project renews and reprograms historic spaces and establishes an illuminated streetscape, sharing collections and programs in a fully accessible setting.

ABA wins a 2019 BSA Educational Facilities Design Award!

Ann Beha Architects and the Boston Society of Architects are pleased to announce the Brooks School Center for the Arts as the recipient of a 2019 BSA Educational Facilities Award.

Kathleen Gerner AIA and Elizabeth Nassikas Promoted to Senior Associate

Philip Chen AIA, President of Ann Beha Architects, has announced the promotions of Elizabeth Nassikas and Kathleen Gerner AIA to Senior Associate.

Ann Beha writes on design for security and diplomacy in Architecture Boston issue "Safe," Winter 2018

Design that anticipates; design that responds; design that protects and resists yet welcomes — design that feels protected — is this designing for “safe”?

ABA named a top 50 architectural practice in the United States by ARCHITECT Magazine for the 9th consecutive year

This year’s installment of the Architect 50 is a testament to the program’s staying power and momentum. The depth and talent of the participating firms—160 completed submissions—was unparalleled.

Construction begins on the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library renovation at Phillips Academy, Andover

Construction has just begun on the OLIVER WENDELL HOLMES LIBRARY, an academic and social center for the school community, and central component of the Phillips Academy experience for nearly ninety years.

Groundbreaking for ABA's Major Rehabilitation of US Embassy in Athens

The Athens Chancery, designed by Walter Gropius of The Architect Collaborative (TAC) and of Bauhaus fame, is an example of mid-century modernist architecture. The building is a landmark to Athens and is on the Secretary’s Register of Culturally Significant Property. 

Construction nears end on ABA’s renovation of the Newberry Library in Chicago

Under construction since January, the Newberry’s first floor and lower level will soon re-open to the public, having been transformed as part of a $12.7-million renovation to create a more welcoming, engaging environment for visitors, scholars, and lifelong learners.

"Words of Wisdom from Ann Beha": Interview with Girl Uninterrupted"

After a tour of her office, Ann Beha shared with us her story and her advice to emerging professionals. Founder of Ann Beha Architects, 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. She was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, and has been honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the New England Chapter of the Victorian Society in America, the Alumnae Achievement Award from Wellesley College, and the Women in Design Award of Excellence from the Boston Society of Architects. Don't miss her words of wisdom!

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) selects ABA for its Worldwide Design Services IDIQ contract

The Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) selected 16 Architecture/Engineering (A/E) firms for its Worldwide Design Services Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The firms selected for the IDIQ provide comprehensive design services for both new construction and modernization projects at U.S. diplomatic facilities worldwide.

ABA named a top 50 architectural practice in the United States by ARCHITECT Magazine for the 8th consecutive year

There were plenty of reasons why this edition of the Architect 50 was the most competitive yet. For starters, 149 firms submitted entries—the most in recent memory. And the practices that did rise to the top, at least in the business rankings, demonstrated massive revenue gains and enviable growth.

NEC celebrates its new Student Life and Performance Center with ribbon cutting ceremony

New England Conservatory celebrates 150th anniversary with opening of new Student Life and Performance Center, a state-of-the-art multipurpose facility.

Springfield Technical Community College honored with 2017 SCUP/AIA-CAE Excellence Award for the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons

STCC and ABA received the 2017 Honor Award for “Excellence in Planning for a District or Campus Component” for the Ira H. Rubenzahl Student Learning Commons, which is under construction. The Society for College and University Planning presented the award in July.

University of Chicago Receives 2017 SCUP/AIA-CAE Merit Award for Saieh Hall for Economics

The former home of the Chicago Theological Seminary is the new home of the Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The building—with original building systems, years of deterioration, and a long list of deferred maintenance projects—was in drastic need of renewal and revival. The area was deteriorated, and the “shoulders” of its site—streets, alleys, university-owned houses—were run down.

Chicago's Saieh Hall for Economics receives Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award

Citing the adaptive reuse of the former CTS building as an “innovative model for campus planning, growth, sustainability, and stewardship,” the American Institute of Architects Illinois chapter has granted Saieh Hall for Economics its 2016 Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award for New Design or Renovation. 

Shelburne Museum Pizzagalli Center for Art & Education achieves LEED Silver

The award-winning new Center for Art and Education offers the Shelburne Museum a dynamic year-round space for exhibition, events and educational programs. The 17,000 sf Center has two very different orientations. The west side is one-storied and features a long welcoming cedar-lined porch with vistas of the campus and distant Adirondacks. The east side is two-storied with large expanses of glass, announcing the Museum to passersby on Vermont’s busy Route 7. 

Cornell Law School achieves LEED Platinum

The newly constructed addition to the Cornell Law School’s Myron Taylor Hall exceeded its sustainable burden of proof, leaving no reasonable doubt that it’s now certified LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum – the highest level accreditation possible – by the U.S. Green Building Council.