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Finegold Alexander + Associates Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Announces Promotions of Six Key Leaders at Firm

BOSTON, Massachusetts – June 27, 2014 – Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc is pleased to announce the promotion of six members to its executive team: Jeffrey J. Garriga, AIA, LEED AP to Principal; Ellen K. Anselone, AIA, LEED AP to Associate Principal; Rebecca L. Berry, AIA, LEED AP to Senior Associate; Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP to Senior Associate; Christopher P. Lane, AIA to Senior Associate and Jason T. Arndt, AIA, LEED AP to Associate. In addition, the firm is celebrating its 50th year in business, serving clients in the public, private and institutional realms for both new and existing buildings.

“The basis of excellent design begins with leadership, and we wanted to recognize our team’s contributions and achievements, especially in this landmark year,” says Maurice Finegold, FAIA, President. “This group of rising leaders is committed to the firm’s culture of being good listeners, of creating architecture that is universally accessible, sustainable and goes beyond expectations in making a positive contribution to community and to the built environment.”

Many of the firm’s achievements from its inception stand as monumental examples of elegant, relevant and sustainable architecture, including the adaptation of Old City Hall, the Hatch Shell at the Esplanade, and the Citi Performing Arts Center (formerly the Wang Center for the Performing Arts), in Boston; the Ellis Island National Monument in New York; and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC; Worcester’s Mechanics Hall and Union Station; buildings at top universities including Vassar College, Harvard University, Harvard Business School, Tufts University, and Mount Ida College; trial courthouses in Fall River and Lowell, MA, Providence, RI, and San Juan, PR; and Rosie’s Place and Project Hope in Boston.

Finegold Alexander’s latest projects continue the firm’s tradition in delivering architecture that is built on community needs and values. Current and recent work includes the Historic Salem Jail Residential Complex; the renovation and expansion of the Holyoke Public Library; the new Christa McAuliffe Branch Library in Framingham, MA; the Godfrey Hotel in Boston; Boston University’s Autism Center for Excellence; the B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim Synagogue in Deerfield, IL and the Temple Israel in Omaha, NE; the expansion and renovation of Methuen High School, and the adaptive use of the Alice K. Wolf Center in Cambridge, MA.

“The entire leadership team should be recognized for its work in continuing our firm’s tradition of creating imaginative, inspirational and transformative architecture,” notes Principal James Alexander, FAIA. “Celebrating 50 years is an amazing accomplishment, and this group of leaders – along with our other principals, staff, and clients – have allowed us to celebrate architecture by continuing to serve clients not only in the New England region but nationally.”

Finegold Alexander congratulates the firm’s new team of leaders as they move the company into the future.

Jeffrey J. Garriga, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Principal and is the Director of Technology for the firm.  Garriga is a member of the AIA, BSA, and the U.S. Green Building Council, and holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

Ellen K. Anselone, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Associate Principal.   Anselone is a member of the AIA, the BSA, and the New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE). She holds a B.S. and a Bachelor of Architecture from Roger Williams College.

Rebecca L. Berry, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Senior Associate, Sustainability Director.   Berry co-chairs the BSA’s Women in Design mentoring committee and serves on the Civic Policy Task Force. She also serves on the AIA’s Governmental Affairs Committee. Berry holds a B.S. in Art and Design and a B.S. in Political Science, as well as a Masters of Architecture from MIT.

Regan Shields Ives, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Senior Associate. She is a member of the Boston Preservation Alliance where she serves on the Young Advisor Council, the Trustees of Reservations where she serves on the Advisory Council to the Board of Directors, the AIA and the BSA. Regan received her BArch from Lehigh University and her MArch from the University of Pennsylvania.

Christopher P. Lane, AIA, has been promoted to Senior Associate.   Lane holds an AS in Architectural Engineering Technology and Engineering Science from New Hampshire Technical Institute and a Bachelor of Architecture from Wentworth Institute of Technology. He is a member of the AIA and the BSA Historic Resources Committee, and the Board of Directors of the Association for Preservation Technology.

Jason T. Arndt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has been promoted to Associate. Arndt holds a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Texas and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University. He is a member of the AIA, the BSA, and NAIOP. He is the founder of LocalSource®, and he is a faculty member of the Boston Architectural College. Recently, Jason was awarded ENR’s 20 under 40 Award and received the Finalist Award for his submission of the ‘Chimes Pavilion’ to the China International Architecture Biennale.

About Finegold Alexander + Associates Inc.  (

We create imaginative, inspired and transformative architecture. Architecture established by a collective sense of what is possible. Architecture built on client and community needs and values. Architecture derived from a comprehensive knowledge founded on 50 years of experience. We thrive on the complex. We seek exciting and innovative solutions. We delight in the recognition that something worthwhile has been created. We listen. Our buildings speak.


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Aesthetics Challenge Rationality in Venice


The Danish Pavilion at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia June 7th – November 23rd

Statistics, laws and good arguments are challenged by butterflies, poetry and dirt in the Danish pavilion in Venice. The Danish pavilion reintroduces the forgotten power of aesthetics as a challenge to the dominant rationalistic approach, not only to architecture but also to literature, art, nature and science.

The Danish landscape architect and curator of the Danish pavilion, Stig L. Andersson argues that the aesthetic approach and the forgotten modernity it represents are essential for our common road into a sustainable future. The Danish pavilion reintroduces the power of aesthetics as a complement to the rational.

Butterflies challenge the law

In the Danish pavilion you are invited to use your senses, wonder, be curious and reflect: when you meet the smell of dirt; read Niels Bohr’s letter to Einstein; hear the sound of poetry; watch a butterfly; and bury your toes in pine needles. These sensuous, poetic and tactile elements challenge paragraphs from Denmark’s planning laws, which are also on display in the pavilion. You are invited to reflect on how to make decisions for a sustainable future from both a rationalist and an aesthetic perspective.

“For far too long, whenever we had to make a case for what our future should look like, we have focused only on the rational aspect. We have not understood that the aesthetic aspect complements the rational. This means that we must find an entirely new language to talk about the value of aesthetics: a language, in which the sensuous amenity value of a tree is as important as the tree’s usefulness in terms of soaking up rain water, absorbing CO2 and making our house prices soar.” Curator, professor, and landscape architect Stig L. Andersson.

The exhibition, Empowerment of Aesthetics insists on new sensuous and sustainable symbiosis between rationality and aesthetics: between architecture and nature. It is a reflection on the fundamentals of modern Danish society, which emerged in the mid-19th Century. This was the short pocket of time after the collapse of Romanticism, but before the much-lauded Danish welfare state fully emerged. The poetic interaction between architecture, literature, art, nature and science liberated an unprecedented energy and a belief in a dynamic society hitherto unseen in Denmark or elsewhere.

Debating the future of Denmark

The Danish pavilion is part of a larger project, which is debating the future of Denmark: DK2050. Rationality and aesthetics are both crucial elements in this major scenario project, as we develop images of future Danish cities and regions. DK2050 poses a whole range of questions. How will we live in Denmark in the year 2050? What challenges and dilemmas will confront us along the way? How can cities, politicians and each one of us play a role and influence the decision making on our common road into a sustainable future?

”We need to dare look into the future and face some of the tough dilemmas. This new project, DK2050 is a unique collaboration between the public and private sectors, scientists and the Danish population. Together they develop and debate the dilemmas facing us, when we look at climate change and the necessary green transition ahead of us.” Commissioner Kent Martinussen, CEO, Danish Architecture Centre.

Read more about DK2050 and see a full list of the project partners and participants at


United States Breaks Ground

on New U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott, Mauritania

In an important symbol of our enduring friendship with the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, U.S. Charge d ‘Affaires Eunice Reddick broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in Nouakchott today.
The new Embassy will be situated on a 10.5-acre site in the Tevragh Zeina district and will include a chancery, warehouse and maintenance facilities, a utility building, multiple access pavilions, and community facilities.  When completed, the new complex will provide Embassy employees with a secure, modern, and environmentally sustainable workplace.
The $181 million project will incorporate numerous sustainable features, including the Department’s first major wind-powered turbine for an American Embassy; emissions-free power through the use of the 50 kilowatt (kW) wind turbine and a 185 kW photovoltaic array; an onsite water treatment plant for irrigation reuse; and light-emitting diode (LED) site lighting. The facility’s design targets Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The design architect is AECOM of Arlington, Virginia, and Integrus Architecture of Spokane, Washington, is the architect of record.  The project is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will be constructed by Caddell Construction Company of Montgomery, Alabama.
Since 1999, as part of the Department’s Capital Security Construction Program, the Department of State’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) has completed 111 new diplomatic facilities and has an additional 32 projects in design or under construction.
OBO’s mission is to provide safe, secure, and functional facilities that represent the U.S. government to the host nation and support our staff in the achievement of U.S. foreign policy objectives.  These facilities should represent American values and the best in American architecture, engineering, technology, sustainability, art, culture, and construction execution.




Westchester, CA 3/13/14 Older buildings routinely give notice about their state of health. Rarely do they collapse on their own without some kind of assistance. In the wake of the Harlem collapse of March 12th, 2014 which has claimed 8 lives so far, it is imperative for architects to inspect older buildings for a host of simple tell tale signs. Among these are uses other than for which the structure was designed. Changes in use can lead to building failure for several reasons including: overloading of PME, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical. These life systems are often overloaded when a commercial building becomes an industrial building, or a residential use becomes a home office in addition to the residential uses. Commercial and residential buildings both are subject to failure relatively easily when the use becomes storage, for example. The dead weight of paper, and furnishings, for example, as it collects in offices can easily exceed design load provisions. When this happens, a catastrophic loss can occur. We are reminded by these accidents in Harlem just how realistic these risks can be. Architects should be utilized by everyone all the time to identify structural problems in buildings over 10 years old. There is no reason that these buildings, bridges and infrastructure should not be mapped more thoroughly.
When gas is present in a building it is imperative to isolate the leak and shut it down. The longer a leak is allowed to vaporize, it’s explosive properties become exponential. The results as we saw yesterday in Harlem are indicative of how gas expands in closed spaces. Fire tests done by Fire Marshals in Pennsylvania proved just how dangerous gas leaks become over time. If you smell gas, evacuate the building.
 Mr. Robert Sawyer is a California Licensed Architect and is available for interviews at:

Whistleblowers now can file complaints online with OSHA:

Whistleblowers covered by one of 22 statutes administered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) now will be able to file complaints online. The online form will provide workers who have been retaliated against with an additional way to reach out for OSHA assistance online.

Currently, workers can submit complaints to OSHA by filing a written complaint or calling the agency’s (800) 321-OSHA (6742) number or an OSHA regional or area office. Workers now will be able to electronically submit a whistleblower complaint to OSHA by visiting

“The ability of workers to speak out and exercise their rights without fear of retaliation provides the backbone for some of American workers’ most essential protections,” says Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health David Michaels. “Whistleblower laws protect not only workers but also the public at large, and now workers will have an additional avenue available to file a complaint with OSHA.”

The new online form prompts workers to include basic whistleblower complaint information so they can be contacted easily for follow-up. Complaints automatically are routed to the appropriate regional whistleblower investigators. In addition, the complaint form can be downloaded and submitted to the agency in hard-copy format by fax, mail or hand-delivery. The hard-copy version is identical to the electronic version and requests the same information necessary to initiate a whistleblower investigation.

Detailed information about employee whistleblower rights, including fact sheets and instructions regarding how to submit the form in hard-copy format, is available online at

The London Fire Department reports an unknown number of casualties at this hour as survivors are being pulled from the Apollo Theatre structural collapse. Full story: Another report here:





Shawmut, an East Coast-based $850 million dollar national management construction firm responsible for LA flagship stores including Louis Vuitton, Yves Saint Laurent and Tory Burch on Rodeo Drive, has just expanded into an LA office in the mid-Wilshire area.

In addition to the firm’s newly established LA outpost, the team is currently under construction on a new ChristofleBarney’s and Santa Anita Park, as well as recently having recently completed culinary hotspots Nobu and Nikita in Malibu, and Del Frisco’s Grille in Santa Monica. Other notable national clients include Apple, Le Bernardin, The Waldorf Astoria, Harvard University and Yale University.







Phaidon Press launch Phaidon Atlas: Architecture for Architects (, a global online resource for the best examples of contemporary architecture, spotlighting thousands of projects built in the 21st century.
The product of 6 years of extensive research and the input of over 200 architects, universities and experts from around the world, this new digital resource is designed to evolve as a growing online community to help build a global network for architects to communicate and share ideas, and will be a must-have research tool and an essential resource for anyone creating, studying, involved in, or passionate about the field of contemporary architecture.





















Editor’s Note:

The architect’s* (builder’s also) nightmares are many, but we may refer to a few of them. There is the client who does not know much about building but who has friends who do, to whom he goes for suggestions — and, unfortunately, gets them! Were these suggestions made to the architect direct he could in most cases dispose of them; but his client becomes an intermediary, carrying back his defence or explanation in a garbled form to a judge who is prejudiced against him. The client often begins to feel that if he knew more about the game he could himself catch the architect out. Strained relations, inconsistent with lofty ideals of charity, supervene — and we have a case of architect’s nightmare (builder’s also!)

We have the client who, like the ancient Athenians, is always looking out for some new thing. His architect can do nothing without discussing the advantage of something he has not thought of adopting and is usually unsuitable and inappropriate. Yet, because the client and not the architect has mentioned it first, the client feels he has got his architect at a disadvantage, and the poor fellow is much in the position of a man who runs for a train with insufficient time and failing wind. This is another well-known form of nightmare.

The economical client is often a trial and discipline to those whom he employe. His architect can do nothing without being told of something some where else which was cheaper, and a continual stream of such reminders gradually destroys the architect’s peace of mind, leaving him in the posi tion of a convicted fool — an experience akin to a nightmare. The architect who builds for a client whose finances cannot well bear the strain naturally fares badly. He is placed in the position of a man who insists on his solicitor fighting a weak case. If by a miracle he wins, his judgment is justified; if not, it is human to attribute his failure to inefficient professional advice.

These and many other forms of nightmare might be described, but it suffices to say that one and all of them are obviously attributable to the client’s failure to digest and understand the true nature of the sympathetic and altruistic architect he has employed. Summing up the evidence we have briefly marshalled, we may say that architectural nightmares such as we see around us owe their origin not so much to the failure of architects, but to their super-abundant sympathy for their clients, while the architect’s nightmares have their origin in the failure of the client rightly to understand and estimate the full merits of the profession. The treatment in both cases is obviously not to administer remedies to the architect, but to the general public. We are refining pure gold at our numerous architectural schools, while what is needed is to leaven the mass and make the public recognize the talent which is theirs to employ. But touching the minor question of the education of the architectural student, we have indicated the nature of another aspect from which it may be approached.

We may arrive at a definition of virtue and vice by studying either, and is it not possible that in all fields of thought it is sometimes well to adjust our views by considering not only what is, but also what is not? We have often been asked to give chapter and verse for a condemnation of bad design, which we have found difficult precisely because we have never troubled to analyze the nature of what displeases us, while we find it easy to explain the merits of what we consider good. As the proper study of mankind is man and not good men alone, so our proper study is building and not good building alone, and it is only mental laziness which leads us to restrict the extent of our survey. We are but the instruments on which our clients play their harmonies or strike discords, and what is needed is that the performer should receive a training which will enable him to appreciate our manifold merits. - The Editor

Adopted from the classic reference text: ca. 1922 American Architect & Architecture C 373602 – Fornightly, New York


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