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Ann Beha FAIA (2004)


Ann Beha’s projects expand the design dialogue between tradition and innovation. Marked by strong historical, cultural, and educational content, her planning and design work advocates for innovative contemporary expression, the sustainable renewal of historic resources, and a progressive approach to planning for the arts, the community, and the campus.

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Ann Beha FAIA
Principal, Ann Beha Architects
Women in Design Award of Excellence, 2004 winner

2019 WID Board 2

New England Conservatory of Music

Founding Principal of Ann Beha Architects, a 50-person firm working nationally and internationally, Ann has dedicated her design career to positive impact and change. Ann approaches each project as a new opportunity to create settings that connect with history, promote progressive thinking, and use design as a catalyst—a toolbox—to support our sense of place and bring the next generation forward.

2019 WID Board 4

University of Chicago

2019 WID Board 6

Ann is an advocate for design excellence, through her years as a representative on volunteer community and professional boards and in urban advocacy.

Yale University

2019 WID Board 3

She is a leader in designing settings for greater access, transparency, and inclusion; her work asks us to consider new ways of thinking, new settings, and more sustainable ways of living.

US Embassy, Athens, Greece

2019 WID Board 5

Ann’s long stewardship of historic buildings invites us to celebrate history without letting the past slow our advance. Pairing contemporary design with iconic resources, she advocates for a more open approach to preservation, one that brings new thinking to bear on an array of architectural typologies and traditions. ABA’s work demonstrates that the sum is greater than the parts.

US Department of State IAG Award, 2019

2019 WID Board 1

Ann’s work reflects the strengths of the ABA team, its next generation of leaders, and its family of consultants and contributors. It grows from listening, discourse, exploration, and engagement, and is dedicated to inclusion and possibility. Over the years, her advocacy has broadened, her writing and international lectures increased, and her message continues to draw its strength from a deeper appreciation of both our differences, distinctions, and enduring common needs.

The Grolier Club