Allan Baer BArch '69, MArch '69
Allan Baer has been practicing for over 40 years, beginning in Cambridge, Massachusetts and relocating to Santa Fe New Mexico in 1994. He has a broad range of experience in site design, planning, new construction, renovation, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and forensic building research, and has designed and executed projects in a wide variety of building types, in both the public and private sectors, with an ongoing focus on green architecture and sustainable design.
In Cambridge, Allan started practice under Jerzy Soltan in a firm that specialized in K-12 educational facilities. At the Harvard University Planning Office he was part of a special team that designed a new town in Iran along with campuses for a new graduate university and headquarters for Educational Radio and Television of Iran. Following regime change, he joined HKT Architects and became a Principal focused on multi-family and senior housing projects in both the public and private sectors, including the adaptive reuse of four historic churches into housing.
In Santa Fe, Allan was an Associate with Lloyd & Associates Architects for 14 years, and served as Associate in Charge, lead designer, project manager, and team leader for all project phases from programming, design, and construction documents including specification writing, to construction administration, for a wide range of major projects in both the private and public sectors. Project types included master planning and feasibility studies, and architecture for Civic and Institutional Clients, Educational Facilities, Housing Projects, and Commercial Buildings.
As a sole practitioner in Santa Fe with Baer Architecture NM LLC since 2011, Allan has completed smaller projects as well as independent consulting.
In New Mexico Allan has maintained an active participation in the American Institute of Architects at the local, state, and regional levels, including multiple officer positions as well as leadership roles in organizing significant events. For this body of service he received the AIA New Mexico Architects Medal in 2013.
With the intent of broadening the formal opportunities for the appreciation of architecture in Santa Fe outside of the professional association, he co-founded Friends of Architecture Santa Fe, which achieved 501(c)3 status in 2014 and will conduct tours, film series, exhibitions, and other events celebrating both historic and contemporary architecture.
He has served on several public design review boards, including the inaugural historic design review board in Somerville Massachusetts. For the State of New Mexico he sat on the advisory committee that oversaw the transition from the Uniform Building Code to the International Building Code; and with this experience was appointed to a similar committee for the City of Santa Fe’s home rule adoption of the IBC.
Allan is currently providing pro bono design services for Habitat for Humanity.
Allan is married to Tamara Baer, ASLA, a registered landscape architect with an MLA from Harvard in 1975. She is Current Planning Manager in the City of Santa Fe Land Use Department.