ABA is led by four Principals: Ann M. Beha FAIA, Philip B. Chen AIA, Thomas M. Hotaling AIA, and Steven Gerrard AIA. Established over 30 years ago, the firm 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 U.S. Department of State; and the Smithsonian Institution.
Ann Beha is a graduate of Wellesley College, and 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 and President
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, the U.S. Department of State, Bates College, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, 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 and it’s chapters, the Society for College and University Planning, and the New England Museum Association.
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. 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 work includes the libraries of Phillips Exeter Academy, Washington University in St. Louis, New England Conservatory of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, 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 GA, Principal
Steven Gerrard has practiced nationally and internationally on significant educational, cultural and institutional projects. His work has been published and honored by 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 and led designs for the New Britain Museum of American Art, Shelburne Museum, The Wheeler School, Colby College, and New England Conservatory of Music.
Steven holds a Master of Architecture Degree from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Lawrence Institute of Technology. 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.
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 directed master plans, programming studies, historic renovation / preservation, and adaptive re-use projects, as well as additions and new construction. Jon is Associate Principal for Yale University’s New Center for Humanities. Jon’s 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, 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, Senior Associate
Richard Panciera is a core leader at ABA, 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 U.S. Embassy in Athens, Greece; renovation and restoration of the Cambridge Public Library; and the adaptive re-use of the Liberty Hotel.
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.
Jason Bowers AIA, LEED AP, Senior Associate
A senior design and project leader at ABA, Jason Bowers' work includes planning and design for academic and civic institutions, including the Massachusetts State House, a new campus center for The Wheeler School in Rhode Island, Master Plans for a new Student Union / Campus Center at Johns Hopkins University, and a Master Plan and Rehabilitation for historic Fort Adams in Rhode Island. As Project Architect for Cornell University's Law School expansion, Jason oversaw a multiple-discipline team through all phases of design to deliver a new LEED Platinum Academic Center. Jason is leading 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 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, Senior 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 Fine Arts, Boston, 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 leading ABA’s Master Plan of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Ancient Wing gallery renovation, and a study for the renewal of Adolphus Busch Hall at the Harvard 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 was Project Manager for the award-winning Saieh Hall for Economics for the University of Chicago and is currently Project Manager for the United States Embassy in Athens, a redesign of the embassy complex, including Walter Gropius’ landmark Chancery building.
Katie holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Tulane University 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 renovation and new construction projects for colleges and universities throughout the country. Robert is Project Manager for the Springfield Technical Community College Student Learning Commons, a transformation of a historic armory into a new campus centerpiece, and for the renewal of the Grolier Club Exhibition program in New York City, a unique historic collection of print materials for education, exhibition, and public outreach. Projects prior to joining ABA include 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.
Joshua B. Aisenberg AIA, LEED AP, Associate
Josh Aisenberg has worked nationally on significant academic, cultural, and institutional projects. He is serving as Project Manager for the new Center for Humanities at Yale University, where he is leading the restoration, adaptive re-use, and addition to a historically significant complex of buildings. Josh was Project Manager for Bates College’s Kalperis and Chu Halls, and for Phillips Academy’s Oliver Wendell Holmes Library Master Plan and Conceptual Design.
Josh holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, has been a guest design critic at the Boston Architectural College, and is an active member of the Boston Society of Architects.