Ellen is a Principal of Finegold Alexander and an experienced architect who collaborates with institutional leaders, developers, and construction managers to bring the client’s programmatic needs and design aspirations into built reality. With three decades of experience, Ellen excels at motivating teams to hit deadlines and deliver design excellence that is at once: responsive to a client’s needs; sensitive to the neighboring context; highly sustainable; confident and fresh in approach. Whether new construction, adaptive use, preservation or restoration, Ellen’s projects are often transformative in terms of placemaking, identity, brand, and the user experience. Recent projects include award-winning work for The Lucas and The Boulevard. She is currently leading 727 Mass Ave, a 37-room boutique hotel and commercial space on top of the former Cambridge Gas Light Building, and 260 High Park, the adaptive use of a former church building in Toronto, among others. Ellen earned her degrees from Roger Williams University. A resident of Milton, Massachusetts, she serves as a board member the Town’s Historical Commission.
Boston Society of Architects
American Institute of Architects
Town of Milton Historical Commission, Board Member
Society for College & University Planning
U.S. Green Building Council
Architect's Newspaper, 2021: "Reuse & Renewal Summit: Retrofitting Housing: From High-Rise to Church Conversions"
Urban Land Institute, 2020: "What We’re Learning: Covid’s Impact on Education is Reshaping Commercial Real Estate"
Architectural Record Webinars, 2019: "The Boulevard - Leveraging Site Constrains to Deliver a Viable and Vibrant Building Design"
Architectural Record Webinars, 2019: "The Lucas - Multi-Family Residential Paired with a Historic Building Reclaims a Neighborhood"
ULI Conference, 2018: "Serendipitous Discoveries In Historic Preservation"
ABX, 2016: "The Godfrey Hotel - Blending Preservation with an Established Brand"
Best Family vacation? Touring the Southwest
Favorite thing about your career? Meeting interesting people
What makes you laugh? I love a good story or joke!