Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman has over 15 years of experience in preservation, new design, and interiors.

She founded Catherine Truman Architects in order to pursue a passion for the intersection of architectural and interior design within historic or sensitive settings, in particular with residential-scale work. Her projects encompass both traditional and modern design expression, as no one solution will fit all clients; the design expression is the result of a close working relationship with the individual client to determine the best design solution for their personal, spatial, and aesthetic needs.

Her work is characterized by great attention to detail, materials, and craft, and to keeping historic spaces relevant to contemporary life without compromising their history, legacy, or character. Her work is also characterized by a sensitivity to the confidentiality that must accompany the personal relationship between architect and client.

Before starting Catherine Truman Architects, she was at Ann Beha Architects, where she founded and ran the residential portion of the practice. She was also involved with some of the firm’s most important preservation projects. Her projects include numerous private houses as well as public and cultural institutions, and range from small interventions to multimillion-dollar new constructions.

Catherine Truman holds a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History from Dartmouth College. She also completed coursework at the Architectural Association of London’s Graduate Program in Architectural History and Theory.

She is a frequent visiting critic at several New England architectural schools, has taught at MIT, Northeastern, and the Boston Architectural College, and was a teaching assistant at Yale’s School of Architecture and Department of the History of Art.

Catherine has worked with the National Parks Service Historic American Building Survey and Historic American Engineering Record, at the Museum of Modern Art, and the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission; she also carried out an international exchange internship with US/ICOMOS in Split, Croatia.

A partial list of projects includes:

  • Louisburg Square Townhouse, Boston, MA
  • Second Harrison Gray Otis House, Boston, MA
  • Beacon Hill Townhouse, MA
  • Cambridge Private Residence, Cambridge, MA
  • Adirondack Retreat, New England
  • Royal Barry Wills house expansion, Weston, MA
  • Nantucket Renovation, Nantucket, MA
  • St. Paul’s School Chapels, NH
  • Brooks School, Campus Buildings, MA
  • Phillips Exeter Academy, Louis Kahn Library Restoration Study, NH
  • Second Harrison Gray Otis House, MA
  • Sotterley Manor House and Plantation Master Plan, MD
  • University of Maine, Art Department Building
  • Weston Town Hall, MA