Alumnae Career Conversation: Architecture Insights with Ann Beha ’72 and Hannah Ahlblad ’14 (November 2021)

Alumnae Career Conversation: Architecture Insights with Ann Beha ’72 and Hannah Ahlblad ’14 (November 2021)

Ann M. Beha, FAIA, RICA is a 1972 graduate, whose 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. Clients include the US Department of State, Yale University, and MIT, as well as other leading academic, civic, and cultural organizations. A graduate of Wellesley College, Ann received a Master of Architecture degree from MIT and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has been a trustee and past president of Historic New England, has served on Visiting Committees at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, and is a member of Harvard University’s Design Advisory Panel. In 2018, Ann received the Award of Honor from the Boston Society of Architects, and in 2019, she was the inaugural recipient of the US Department of State’s OBO Industry Advisory Group Honor Award. Ann is Founding Principal of Ann Beha Architects and has led the firm for more than four decades.

Hannah Ahlblad is a 2014 graduate in art history with an economics minor. At Wellesley, she discovered architecture through the Art Department, MIT courses in urban design, and museum internships with the Harvard Art Museums and the Museo de Arte de Ponce. After graduating from Wellesley, she completed her M. Arch at the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining Ann Beha Architects in 2021, she taught design at the University of San Francisco, and worked with firms in New York, Washington, DC, and San Francisco. She loves engaging with current students and regularly serves on design reviews at Stanford, Kent State University, UNC-Charlotte, University of New Mexico, among others. At Ann Beha Architects, she integrates a commitment to understanding a place’s social and architectural history with a passion for renewing human experience through architecture.