Rebecca L. Berry

Rebecca L. Berry


Principal, President, Director of Sustainability

Rebecca leads Finegold Alexander’s higher education, institutional and religious practice areas. She is also Finegold Alexander’s Director of Sustainability, promoting sustainable design practices, conversations and reviews firm wide. Rebecca’s long history of volunteerism and civic engagement attests to her passion for serving people and their greater communities, whether they be mission-driven organizations, schools, or other entities. She earned a BS in Art & Design, a BS in Political Science and Master of Architecture, all from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received the Alpha Rho Chi medal, a national award in recognition for service. In each of her endeavors, Rebecca focuses on client service and on providing the best possible design solutions that adhere to the budget and schedule concerns of each client. When not in Finegold Alexander’s offices, meeting with clients or on a job site, you might find Rebecca on the ski slopes with her family, either here or out West.

2018 Preservation Massachusetts, Tsongas Award, ‘The Next Generation of Preservation’
2011 Building Design + Construction, 40 Under 40 Honoree
2000 Habitat for Humanity, Golden Hammer Award
1999 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Alpha Rho Chi Medal
1995 Boston Society of Architects, William Chamberlain Prize for Excellence in Architectural Design
2014 Banker + Tradesman, Women of FIRE Award

Boston Society of Architects, Secretary

Boston Society of Architects, Past Board Secretary

Boston Society of Architects, Past co-chair of Women in Design Committee

Boston Society of Architects, Civic Policy Task Force

Boston Society of Architects Foundation, Board Member

American Institute of Architects, Governmental Affairs Committee

Society for College & University Planning

Habitat for Humanity Volunteer


U.S. Green Building Council


Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Lecturer in Professional Practice (Fall 2019, 2020)

Speaking Engagements

CREW Boston 2021 Panel: “How the New Energy Code is Changing: Project Planning and Design”

ABX 2020 Panel: “Who Belongs? An Architect’s Role in Equitable, Inclusive design”

ACSA 2021: "Curriculum for Climate Agency: Design (in) Action" Professional Practice & Green Reconstruction

MBLC 2020 Building Literacy: Public Library Construction Podcast Series: "Designing for Sustainability: An Interview with Finegold Alexander Architects"

MBLC 2020 Roundtable Discussion: "Designing Libraries for a Pandemic"

Need to Know

Favorite recipe? The kind it takes days to make and then a lazy evening to share with friends: Fresh bread, multiple bottles of red wine, duck confit, ragu and homemade pasta come to mind. Pardon me while I head to the kitchen….

What makes you laugh? My kids' all-too-matter-of-fact view of the world…

Who would you want to play you in a movie of your life? Laura Dern. She’s tough as nails while still being human!