After 50 years of service to our firm, Finegold Alexander would like to announce the retirement of Sherman “Pat” Morss, Jr. And as we celebrate Finegold Alexander’s 55th anniversary this year, it is remarkable to reflect on Pat’s many contributions on project and firm achievements over the years through his expertise, leadership and mentorship at the firm.
Pat joined the firm in 1972 and has left his mark on projects across many building types including courthouses, libraries, educational and cultural institutions, and brought special expertise in developing solutions for design and engineering challenges associated with renovation, historic preservation and restoration, adaptive reuse, and integration of new additions. Pat earned his Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania.
“We would like to thank Pat for his immeasurable contributions to the firm for nearly 50 years. With his leadership and extraordinary talent, he has helped Finegold Alexander pursue and remain committed to design excellence, preserving and adapting our historic buildings and always with a focus for sustainable design in all of his endeavors. We wish Pat well in retirement and can’t wait to see how his next adventures unfold!” – Rebecca Berry
Over his career, Pat has developed many feasibility studies and design options for buildings of historic significance and National Register properties and is particularly skilled in the design of contextual additions in sensitive environments. Pat was instrumental in Finegold Alexander’s award-winning work to restore and renovate the Ellis Island Museum of Immigration, the Union Station Intermodal Transportation Center, Union College Nott Memorial, Massachusetts State House Executive Offices of the Governor and countless other historically significant projects and National Register properties.
Pat is also a long-time advocate and expert in sustainable design, having led a feasibility and schematic study for a Net Zero option for Lowell Justice Center in Lowell, MA which has achieved LEED Platinum Certification – the first state courthouse to earn this designation. In 1972, Pat designed his own home and has made it an evolving lab for sustainable initiatives including incorporation of wind power, and solar hydronic and PV systems.
An active member and contributor of the community, Pat is on the board for the New England Museum Association, Life Trustee, Member of the Curatorial Committee and former Chair of the U.S.S. Constitution Museum, and was a founding member of the Advisory Council of The Boston Harbor Islands National Park.
We wish Pat an excellent and well-earned retirement. And as an avid photographer outside of the office, we can’t wait to see the photographs of his next adventures!