WSU Yamasaki
Rebecca Binno Savage
Historic Preservation Lead

Rebecca was born in Detroit and worked in advertising for nine years, and then left the world of advertising to attend Columbia University’s graduate school of Architecture, Planning and Preservation for a master’s degree in historic preservation. Rebecca worked for the Greater Downtown Partnership during the Archer administration, and was involved in numerous downtown restoration projects. Since that time she has written National Register of Historic Places nominations for some of Detroit’s most significant buildings. A recent project was the Woodward Avenue Light Rail Transit Project. She was appointed to two community boards and serves on several nonprofit boards as well.

Rebecca has a passion for the city of Detroit and she had an in-depth knowledge of downtown Detroit’s architecture, the property-owners and city government. She brings a background in adaptive reuse and the federal, state and local government processes to bring projects through to completion.