alex beam Look up, there is a problem with architecture ← Related Article Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Alex Beam’s musings on Boston-area architecture. GLOBE STAFF/file 1998 The Bates Hall Reading Room in the McKim building, which Alex Beam considers "OK." Jodi Hilton for the New York Times/file 2006 The controversial design of Boston City Hall. David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Henry Richardson who designed Trinity Church, should have stuck to T stations. STAN HONDA/AFP/file 2004 The "ludicrously awful" Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff/file 2014 Copley Square is "a gorgeous piece of urban landscaping." David L. Ryan/Globe Staff Alex Beam considers himself "part of the amen chorus that loves Henry Cobb's John Hancock building."