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2017 Keynote Presenter: Noah Biklen, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Deborah Berke Partners. 

Since joining  Deborah Berke Partners in 2002, Noah has led the design and managed teams for many of the firm’s signature projects including the award-winning 48 Bond Street and Pilgrim Road House, SUNY Fredonia’s Rockefeller Arts Center and Cummins Indy Distribution Headquarters. He contributes to the design of all architecture projects in the firm, helping to maintain the practice’s consistent design vision. On select projects, Noah designs building exteriors characterized by evocative forms and technical dexterity to both reflect and transform their urban contexts. He combines his deep knowledge in building and facade technologies with his sensitive eye for composition, proportion, and materiality.  

Noah earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Studies from Brown University, and studied Japanese architecture history as a Fulbright Fellow at Kobe Design University in Japan. Noah received his Master of Architecture degree from the Yale University School of Architecture where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate, the George Nelson Traveling Scholarship and the Wendy Elizabeth Blanning Prize.  In addition to lecturing about the firm’s work and participating as a visiting critic on numerous architecture school juries, Noah has taught architecture studios at the Yale School of Architecture and interior design at Parsons The New School for Design. 


We are pleased to annouce Ann Beha, FAIA, Principal of Ann Beha Architects, as our keynote presenter!

Ann M. Beha, FAIA, Principal

Ann M. Beha leads a 40-person practice based in Boston, and working nationally and internationally.
Her firms’ work is marked by its strong historical, cultural and educational content. Their projects include the United States Embassy in Athens, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, and projects at the University of Chicago, Princeton University, Yale University, Cornell Law School, MIT, the Mary Baker Eddy Library and Wellesley College.
As a Design Principal, Ann Beha has sought to reconsider historic context and compelling contemporary design. Her work focusses on change and adaptation for existing and sensitive buildings and landscapes, looking freshly at existing resources, optimizing them for a new generation.
Ann Beha is a graduate of Wellesley College, and holds a Master of Architecture Degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  A Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Victorian Society in America’s New England Chapter, was Distinguished Visiting Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York, and serves on the Industry Advisory Group for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations.

Keynote Presentation:

Ann will be presenting "Still Learning: Exploring, Re- thinking, Optimizing".  This presentation offers perspective on sources of inspiration, through the arts and technology, for contemporary design practice and philosophy.

Ann Beha will explore the work of three influential “non architects” who have shaped the environment, through preservation, adaptive use, and integration of new art forms. From these 20th century exemplars, the presentation will illustrate how such influences shape actual projects, focusing on projects that engage with and respond to buildings and settings of architectural heritage.

Learning Objectives - 1.5 LU/ HSW
1. Identify and specifically narrate the influence of three exemplars whose work has contributed to a broader understanding of the built environment.
2. Identify tensions and convergences between contemporary design and historic settings.
3. Explore approaches to technology, sustainability, and materials selection through specific examples of award winning design.
4. Identify wider technical and philosophical obligations and opportunities for design practice.

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