Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced the firm’s design manager, Özge Diler Himes, has been named to Building Design+Construction’s 40 Under 40 Class for 2020.
She has been recognized for her outstanding work in transformative design for both new construction and existing building renovations, along with her leadership role within Finegold Alexander and her work in the community.
Diler Himes joined Finegold Alexander in 2016 and quickly progressed to her current role as design manager. She has played a significant role in several Finegold Alexander projects, including 727 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, and 260 High Park in Toronto.
Diler Himes holds a Master of Urban Design from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
In addition to her work and success in the field, Diler Himes is an active volunteer and community member. Her extracurricular commitments and achievements include:
- Lecturer – Boston University (2018-present); Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University (2012-13)
- Invited Critic – Boston Architectural College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology
- Facilitator – ULI UrbanPlan program; reviewed student development proposals (2020)
- Volunteer – Rose Kennedy Greenway (2017-19)
- Contributor – Boston Society of Architects, “Refugees, Resilience, and Public Space: Syria Initiative,” a collaboration with Lebanese architects for a schoolyard at a Syrian refugee camp on the outskirts of the city of Bar Elias, Lebanon (2017)
“Recognition of Özge’s expertise, accomplishments, and character by BD+C could not be more deserved,” said Ellen Anselone, principal and vice president at Finegold Alexander. “Özge plays an integral role in Finegold Alexander’s project success and firm growth. Our team is extremely lucky to have her and we look forward to watching her continue to blossom as a leader both within Finegold Alexander and in the community.”