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.
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 US Department of State, Bates College, the Town of Arlington Library, Harvard University, the University of Chicago, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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 its chapters, the Society for College and University Planning, and the New England Museum Association.
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 Yale University; MIT; the US Department of State; and Chicago’s Newberry Library.
A graduate of Wellesley College, Ann Beha received a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and a Loeb Fellowship at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. 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.
Thomas M. Hotaling AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal
Tom Hotaling’s work for cultural and academic communities invite participation and engagement. With a background in adapting historic buildings for contemporary needs, Tom brings particular expertise in design for academic and specialty libraries, responding to their significant technological, collections, and patron services changes. His work includes projects at Phillips Exeter Academy, Washington University in St. Louis, New England Conservatory of Music, and the Peterborough Town Library in NH.
Tom Hotaling has led courses on the preservation and adaptation of historic buildings at Harvard University and services on the Boston Landmarks Commission, charged with the stewardship of the City’s built heritage. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received his Masters of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis, where he is a member of 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 Institute 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, leading projects for the New Britain Museum of American Art, the 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, Wentworth Institute, and Northeastern University.
Jonathan D. Ross AIA, LEED AP, Associate Principal
Jon Ross leads 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, and new construction. Jon is Associate Principal for Yale University’s New Center for the Humanities. His work at over 40 college and university campuses includes renovations to the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University, 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 develops ABA’s technical standards. He contributes his deep understanding of building technology, materials, and construction systems for multiple projects at ABA, addressing envelope, code, systems and technology issues; quality control and assurance; project delivery; Revit modeling; constructability; and construction management processes. Ric’s work at ABA includes the Simons Building for Mathematics at MIT; the University of Chicago’s Saieh Hall for Economics; the US 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
Jason Bowers provides leadership and expertise in project management, delivery, planning, design, and construction administration. Jason led 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. His past work includes planning and design for the Massachusetts State House, The Wheeler School in Rhode Island, Johns Hopkins University, and historic Fort Adams in RI. As Project Architect for Cornell University's Law School expansion, Jason oversaw a multi-discipline team to deliver a new LEED Platinum Academic Center.
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 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. Ed led ABA’s Master Plan for the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Master Plan and gallery renovations, and a study for the renewal of Adolphus Busch Hall at Harvard University. His past 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 work at MIT creates a new home for the Department of Mathematics.
Ed Rice holds a Master of Science Degree in Architectural Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Cornell University. He has served as a Teaching Assistant for architectural studios at MIT and Cornell University.
Kathleen Gerner AIA, LEED AP, Senior 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. As Project manager for the United States Embassy in Athens, she leads the redesign and expansion of the entire embassy complex, including Walter Gropius’ landmark Chancery building. Katie was Project Manager for Saieh Hall for Economics, a four-building complex at the University of Chicago, winner of national design awards, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Honor Award from AIA Illinois.
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 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 Oliver Wendell Holmes Library at Phillips Academy, leading design for the renovation of the historic library. At Bates College, Josh was Project Manager for Kalperis and Chu Halls, a new 243-bed, mixed-use student residence.
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.
Elizabeth Nassikas, SHRM-CP, Senior Associate, Practice Management
Elizabeth Nassikas provides oversight of the firm’s practice. With a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and more than 18 years of experience with business operations, including 8 years as ABA’s Human Resources Director, Elizabeth brings particular strengths in operations management and organizational leadership to ABA’s practice.
Elizabeth has an MBA from Babson College, a BA in American History from Reed College, as well as professional experience in the fields of Education, Trusts & Estates and Exhibit Design. She served as an officer on the Board of Directors for the Galapagos Conservancy for 13 years and is an active member of the Boston Society of Architects Administrative group.