Historic Preservation

Pamela W. Hawkes

Pamela W. Hawkes

Professor of Practice

Education

Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Master of Architecture, University of California, Berkeley
Master of Science in Historic Preservation, Columbia University
Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude with Honors in Art, Williams College

Experience

A Principal with Scattergood Design in Portland, ME, Pamela is a national leader in the integration of contemporary design within historic settings. She directed a wide variety of award-winning design projects over twenty-six years as Principal with Ann Beha Architects in Boston, including the Liberty Hotel, Boston’s Symphony Hall, the Cambridge Public Library and the Currier Museum of Art. She has led multi-disciplinary teams to create strategies for landmarks owned by the National Park Service, National Trust for Historic Preservation and the General Services Administration, as well as non-profit clients such as the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Newport’s Fort Adams.

As Professor of Practice, Pamela teaches a seminar on Contemporary Design in Historic Settings and sections of the Preservation Planning Studio. She has also led the Master of Design Studio at the George Nakashima Woodworkers in New Hope, PA and Summer Praxis courses at Powderham Castle. She was guest editor of Change Over Time issue on Design and the Historical Environment and is lead researcher for the Conservation Management Plan for the J. Irwin Miller House in Columbus, Indiana with PennPraxis.

Winner of a Women in Design Leadership Award and named a Fellow of the AIA and Pioneer of Preservation by PreservatiON Mass, Pamela is member of the GSA’s National Register of Peer Professionals. Past service includes the Boston Landmarks Commission, the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the U.S. Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Recent Work

J. Irwin Miller House
Columbus, IN. Conservation Management Plan with PennPraxis

Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio
Abiquiu, NM.
Conservation Assessment for the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

Milemebe Secondary School for Girls
Misungwi District, Tanzania

Currier Museum of Art
Manchester, NH
(completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects)

Liberty Hotel/Charles Street Jail
Boston, MA
(completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects, as Associate Architect to Cambridge Seven Associates)

Crandall Public Library
Glens Falls, New York
(completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects)

Cambridge Public Library
Cambridge, MA
(completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects as Associate Architect to William Rawn Associates)

Selected Publications

Maine Home + Design
"Inspiration, Abstraction, Connection"

Currier Museum of Art
Architect Magazine. 2009
Architect Magazine. 2012

Cambridge Public Library
Architectural Record

Crandall Public Library

“Is Less More? 20th Century Design Attitudes and 21st Century Preservation,” in David Ames and Richard Wagner, eds. Design & Historic Preservation: The Challenge of Compatibility. Newark: University of Delaware Press, 2009.

 

  • Currier Museum of Art Manchester, NH (completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects)
  • Liberty Hotel/Charles Street Jail Boston, MA (completed as Principal-in-Charge with Ann Beha Architects, as Associate Architect to Cambridge Seven Associates)
Work and Research
The Arts Building by George Nakashima

Photo credit, John Hinchman, The Center for Architectural Conservation.

Students working on historic preservation project.

Professor Pamela Hawkes and students Caroline Dickensheets and Elizabeth Trumbell examine the framing below the floor in the First Library.