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Rebecca Hatchadorian

Office for Sustainability

Director of Sustainable Built Environment

Rebecca Hatchadorian joined Harvard in January 2023 as the new Director of Sustainable Built Environment within the Office for Sustainability. Rebecca joined us from Arup where she worked for 14 years, with the last 10 years in Boston. Most recently, she was an Associate Principal and Climate + Sustainability Service Leader East Geography coordinating across Arup’s Boston, NY/NJ, DC and Chicago offices. Rebecca was also leading Arup’s Americas Region Net Zero by 2030 Strategy inclusive of scopes 1, 2 and 3.

She is a Climate and Sustainability expert who began her career as an architect. This background provides a valued foundation in identifying multidisciplinary sustainable solutions that meet both aesthetic intent and high performance. Rebecca has spent the better part of the past two decades driving a more sustainable built environment. Her work in buildings has ranged from mixed-use masterplans to higher education, and commercial office space, as well as residences and labs. She has led the sustainability permitting of over 26 million square feet in Boston and Cambridge.

In addition to sustainable buildings, her interests have evolved toward policy and strategic planning on climate action. This has included projects like Carbon Free Boston, and the Massachusetts 2050 Decarbonization Roadmap as buildings sector technical consultant, as well as working with the City of Cambridge, and the decarbonization of global/national building portfolios.

Rebecca has a master’s degree in architecture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Maryland College Park. She is on the Board of Directors at the Boston Society of Architects and is a LEED and WELL AP.