James G. Alexander

James G. Alexander


Principal Emeritus

Regarded as a noted authority in the restoration and reuse of historic buildings, Jim has over 50 years of expertise in designing and preserving significant landmark buildings. Jim’s work has been acknowledged by numerous prestigious awards; he and Finegold Alexander received the first AIA Honor Award for Extended Use for the 1976 conversion of Boston’s Old City Hall to private office and restaurant use. Jim remains dedicated to sharing his experiences and engendering conversation on the subject; he speaks regularly on preservation and design for a variety of organizations and audiences, and he is actively involved the Boston community groups dedicated to these subjects. In 2019, he was recognized with a Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Massachusetts Historical Commission for his advocacy and design contributions.  

Jim graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and studied at the Architectural Association in London, England.

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects
2019 Massachusetts Historical Commission, Lifetime Achievement Award
2014 Preservation Massachusetts, Paul E. Tsongas Award
2003 New England Chapter of the Victorian Society, Lifetime Achievement Award
2012 Boston Center for the Arts, Award of Recognition for his contributions to BCA and the arts
2001 Penn State College of Arts and Architecture, Alumni Achievement Award

Boston Society of Architects

American Institute of Architects

Boston Preservation Alliance, former board member

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Citizens’ Housing And Planning Association (CHAPA)

Ellis Memorial / Eldredge House, Inc., board member, former President

Preservation Massachusetts, former Chairman of the Board

South End Historical Society, co-founder, former President

Boston Landmarks Commission, Former Member

Bostonian Society, Advisor

Historic Haverhill

Speaking Engagements

MassArt Architecture Tuesday Talk, October 2019: "Do Real Architects do Preservation?"

American Institute of Architecture Students, Northeast Quad 2019: "Preservation as Design"

Need to Know

What motivates you to work hard? Forming a firm with associates who share the goal of creating building designs that are valued over time.

Favorite mode of transportation? Top-down country drive in my 1950 Willys Jeepster.

If you could share a meal with any 4 individuals, living or dead, who would they be? Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray, David McCullough, and Eric Larsen