Ann Macy Beha
Early life and Education
Ann Macy Beha lived in Boston and graduated Wellesley College with Bachelor degree in 1972 and received a M.Arch from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975. She was Loeb Fellow of Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1987-88.
Career in Architecture
Ann Beha’s work focuses on the revitalization of cultural resources throughout the US, with particular expertise in preservation and design within historically sensitive settings. Beha founded Ann Beha Associates, Inc. to serve group clients, and to build consensus among diverse constituencies.
Major Buildings and Projects
- Renovation of Jordan Hall Boston-New England Conservatory of Music , MA 1995
- Preservation Society of Newport County Newport, RI 1994
Adaptive reuse of this 1887 Newport-style mansion provided a new administrative headquarters and visitor center for the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island. The scope of work included restoration of the exterior masonry and construction of a new accessible entrance in a portico which replaced a modern stair tower, and recalled the original port cochere. The first floor was renovated to accommodate visitor orientation and services and the second floor office plan minimized impact on the building’s historic fabric while providing modern office facilities for the Society’s staff and Director. The surrounding property on the site was developed into a public memorial garden with a direct link to the building.
- Andover Town Hall Andover, MA 1989
The restoration and re-use of the 1860 Town Hall reclaimed a civic and performance space and has revitalized Andover’s historic town center. The design goal was to restore the original splendor of the public spaces while upgrading building systems to meet current code and performance standards. The 200-seat auditorium is a multi-purpose space operated as a rental facility by the town and serves a lively mix of municipal and commercial functions, including theatrical and music performances, lectures, banquets, art exhibits, and wedding receptions.
- Westminster Presbyterian Church Buffalo, NY 1992
In December 1992, Ann Beha Associates completed a new interior design for the sanctuary, narthex, chancel, and choir loft of this 1890s Victorian church. This project was inspired by the church’s historic image, and introduced new lighting, audio systems, carpets, pew cusions, wall paneling, and decorative paint schemes. The choir loft was expanded, the chancel reconfigured, and the pews made partially removable to allow large congregations and symphonic concerts to be held in the sanctuary.
- Trinity Church Boston, MA 1987
Trinity Church, designed by H.H Richardson in 1878, is one of the most important architectural landmarks in the City of Boston and in the US. It has served a thriving and changing congregation for more than 100 years. In 1987, Ann Beha Associates completed a Master Plan for Trinity Church, which provided an extensive and comprehensive analysis of the existing conditions of the church and parish house. Repair recommendations for all building materials and elements were presented and a work program for the next 10 years was formulated, establishing priorities for work to be done and strategy recommendations for overall coordination for the different tasks. From this analysis, a preservation philosophy was formed which presently guides any changes which are necessary to ensure that the church can function and change while maintaining its architectural character.
- Portland Art Museum Portland, OR 1995
The Portland Art Museum, comprised of three buildings by Pietro Belluschi, is the heart of Oregon’s cultural heritage. Ann Beha Associates has completed the first phase of renovations to the adjacent 100,000 sf landmark Masonic Temple building. This work introduced new visitor services, gallery improvements, climate control, and other features which support building preservation and the care and exhibition of collections. Construction work included renovations to the galleries, as well as mechanical, electrical, and plumbing upgrades, and building envelope and conservation improvements. Ann Beha Associates was architect for the museum’s recent record-breaking “Imperial Tombs of China” exhibit, planning for exhibit presentation, visitor services, and special events facilities. The firm is currently engaged in planning for the museum’s expansion into the third Belluschi building, and further renovations to the adjacent Masonic Temple, which will serve as a center for museum operations and other arts organizations in Portland.
- Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology Providence, RI 2000
Ann Beha Associates completed a feasibility study for the relocation of Brown University’s Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, currently located in Bristol, Rhode Island, to the Old Stone Bank complex, a cluster of historic buildings over a one-acre site in Providence, Rhode Island. The master plan assessed the existing OSB complex, as well as existing collections and programs of the Haffenreffer, established design alternatives for accommodating the museum and its variety of programs in the new facility, and presented cost options to determine the construction, exhibition, furnishings, equipment budget, and future operating costs for the preferred design approach. Ann Beha Associates has been selected as architect for the new 40,000 sf museum, projected to open in 2000.
- Harvard University Faculty Club Cambridge, MA 1990
Ann Beha Associates completed design renovations and an addition to the Harvard Faculty Club, a 1930s structure originally used as a businessman’s club. Today, the 30,000 sf building is used for faculty dining, conferences, seminars, and social functions. It now accommodates formal and informal reception areas, dining rooms, commercial kitchens, and administrative offices. This renovation addressed years of deferred maintenance through the replacement of outdated systems, finishes, and furnishings A new addition, designed to relate to the existing building, provides expanded seminar facilities and guest rooms. Key features include complete ADA compliance, new MEP and Fire Protection Systems, reconfiguration of interiors, extensive code upgrade, and new furnishings and interiors, designed and selected by ABA.
- The New Britain Museum of American Art
- The Mary Baker Eddy Library
- The Portland Art Museum
- The Kalamazoo Institute of Art
- The Taft Museum of Art
- The Carl A Fields Center at Princeton University
- The Music Building, University of Pennsylvania
Press and Awards
- Boston Society of Architects Honor Award
- Women in Design Award of Excellence (2004)
- Massachusetts Historical Commission Preservation Award
- Victorian Society in America Preservation Commendation
- Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Award
- Published in Architectural Record Lighting, Boston Globe, Boston Sunday Globe, New England Conservatory of Music Notes for Renovation of Jordan Hall Boston, MA 1995
- Associated General Contractor’s Build Boston Award
- Architectural Record Award-Andover Town Hall Andover, MA 1989
- Published in Architecture and Sunday Oregonian-Portland Art Museum Portland, OR 1995
- Founding principal, Ann Beha Associates, 1977
- Member, The Association for Preservation Technology International
- Visiting committee, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the MIT Department of Architecture
- Chairman of the Trustee Board, Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities