Barry Brensinger

Architect, community activist

Manchester, NH

Barry Brensinger holds a master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in Visual Studies (Design) from Dartmouth College, where he received the Marcus Heiman Award for Excellence in the Arts. A member of the American Institute of Architects, Barry’s work includes award-winning civic, corporate, educational, and healthcare projects throughout the northeast. In 2013, he received NHAIA’s Clinton Sheerr Award for his career-long design achievements.

Beyond architecture, Barry is immersed in partnering with others to help build stronger communities and has been repeatedly honored as a community leader. He has served as chair of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and founding chair of the Manchester Regional Community Foundation. He was the 2006 Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.

His current community efforts are focused on Manchester Proud, a city-wide movement whose mission is to advance Manchester’s public schools through greater community engagement, understanding, and support.

“In order to realize any genuine success, we believed our process and plan had to be created by and for the community,” he said. “Our work must be deeply rooted in the insights, needs, and aspirations of the People of Manchester – of ALL of our people, for ALL of our kids.”

Manchester Proud is where citizens engage in meaningful work and are empowered to make their own decisions. Barry said, “To-date, we have been honored by the work of nearly 300 volunteers, as leaders and members of our community engagement, fundraising, communications, celebrations, consultant selection, and planning groups.”