Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Scott Walker, LEED AP

July 19, 2017
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet project manager Scott Walker, LEED AP, who has been with the firm 11 years . Here is what Scott had to say during his Spotlight interview:

What led you to study architecture?

I always had an interest in architecture, but strayed from it since I was told I wasn’t good enough in math. From a … [Read More]

“Me Places” in Retail: The Fitting Rooms

July 6, 2017
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By Catherine Keywan

With many brick and mortar stores fighting an uphill battle against online shopping, retailers are trying new tactics to bring in shoppers. But what truly makes people want to spend time in a store? People like to feel special. They like to have choices. People like me spaces.

At GlobalShop, the Retail industry’s largest tradeshow in Las Vegas, Bergmeyer Senior Associate Mare Weiss joined a panel of industry leaders to discuss current … [Read More]

Joe Nevin Inducted into Retail Design Institute’s Legion of Honor

June 22, 2017
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Bergmeyer Senior Principal Joe Nevin was named the newest member of the Retail Design Institute’s Legion of Honor during the Institute’s 46th Awards Gala and Fundraiser. The Legion of Honor was established by the Institute in 2000 and recognizes talented and visionary designers in the retail design industry. Since its creation, only 39 men and women have been recognized for their lifetime of achievement.

“It’s really wonderful to see Joe honored with this award.  Having … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Catherine Keywan

May 22, 2017
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet interior designer Catherine Keywan! Catherine has been at the firm for two years, and currently serves as the Secretary for the Retail Design Institute’s New England Chapter. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:


What led you to study interior design?

Growing up I loved to decorate. I would redecorate … [Read More]

Brian Perlow Honored with 40 Under 40 Recognition

May 11, 2017


Brian Perlow, an Associate at Bergmeyer, was named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients. This honor recognizes the design industry’s most promising leaders. Brian and the other honorees will be honored at the design:retail Honors event in New York on May 22, and are featured in the April/May issue of design:retail. Brian is highly regarded within the firm and serves as not only a leader on our projects, but also as a … [Read More]

The Trend of Moving into the City’s Existing Buildings

May 10, 2017

By TJ DiFeo, Associate at Bergmeyer

Much has been said about the relocation of companies to urban areas from the suburbs. This isn’t a new phenomenon, though, with GE moving into 388,700 square feet, Reebok into 220,000 square feet and tech companies taking 1.8 million square feet in Boston, news of major companies moving into urban areas continues to dominate the headlines.

Though some companies were “born urban,” getting their start in the city, they … [Read More]

Fast[er] Food

April 28, 2017

By Brandon Graska

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When McDonald’s BBQ opened 77 years ago, it was among hundreds of other drive-in (and later drive-thru) restaurants throughout the US that later became the iconic eating style during the time of an American socio-technology revolution: the automobile. The influx of driving in mid-20th century America revolutionized and shaped the way Americans ate meals. There have been exponential amounts of improvements to technology since the quick service restaurant (QSR) … [Read More]

California Closets Showroom 2.0 Design Receives a 2017 Shop! Design Award at GlobalShop

April 6, 2017
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce our California Closets San Francisco Showroom 2.0 prototype design recently won the Silver Award in the Service Retailer category at the annual Shop! Design Awards. Held on March 29th at GlobalShop in Las Vegas, the Shop! Design Awards celebrate and recognize the best new designs in retail environments and experiences.

“The Bergmeyer team perfectly captured the essence of our brand in this award-winning showroom design,” said California Closets CEO Bill … [Read More]

Offline Goes Online, Online Goes Offline, and Sometimes, Offline Just Goes Away

March 31, 2017

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In the past decade, shopping behavior has changed significantly, with more and more people choosing to shop online for goods and apparel. While online retailers have typically remained online, many see the potential for expansion through brick-and-mortar retail. The past two years have seen an unprecedented convergence of online retailers moving offline – seeking an omnichannel presence and getting closer to where their consumers are. The trend goes the … [Read More]

Workplace Trends for 2017

March 28, 2017
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By Kristyn Hill

There have been a lot of workplace articles in recent years trying to forecast what the workplace of the future will look like. So much so, that it can make your head spin trying to figure out what direction it will lead! Will the office become extinct? Will we all be working remotely 24/7? While no one is completely certain what the far-out future looks like for the office landscape, we do … [Read More]

Now Trending: Retail-Branded Hotels

March 16, 2017
By Catherine Keywan

As retail evolves, retailers are discovering new ways to expand their brand’s outreach and loyalty. The newest trend in customer service features concierge and room service. Since customers trust a brand by their value and lifestyle, retailers are extending that trust by creating large scale hospitality programs and boutique hotel experiences to promote their lifestyle.

Retail Hotels Coming Soon

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The most recent retail-branded hotel that caught … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Associate Brian Perlow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP

March 6, 2017
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet Associate Brian Perlow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, who has been with the firm 6 years. Here is what he had to say during his Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture?

From a young age I was very into the building and assembly of things. I remember the day I received my … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Smart Infrastructure

March 3, 2017

Everyone’s talking about infrastructure these days. It has somehow become our national “common ground” topic. Hard to argue against fixing roads and bridges, right?

But in fact, there is much room for differing opinions within the topic. If we can somehow produce the $1 trillion that some people think we need to spend on our national infrastructure, what should we spend it on?

Those of us who have signed the AIA 2030 Commitment to … [Read More]

DJ Khaled’s Specialty Champs Store Featured on Design:Retail’s Cover

February 21, 2017

Stan Kubinski, Associate at Bergmeyer, was interviewed by Design:Retail Magazine for its February feature on our collaboration with Champs Sports to bring DJ Khaled a personal Champs store. Stan shared the story behind the store’s conception and why this design is a major key alert . Read the article below:


When Champs Sports and DJ Khaled come together, unique ideas result. Think an exclusive, invitation-only store designed to mimic the Instagram-friendly artist’s shoe closet … [Read More]

Eric Kuhn Joins Bergmeyer as Retail Market Leader

February 20, 2017

Bergmeyer is pleased to welcome Eric Kuhn to the firm as a retail market leader. Eric will focus on developing and serving key client accounts in our retail markets, as well as lend his expertise to the firm’s hospitality and food service design projects.

Throughout his career, Eric has excelled in designing user experiences. With nearly 30 years of service to retail clients and a portfolio ranging from Macy’s to Hilfiger, Columbia Sportswear to Harley, … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Announces Promotions

January 5, 2017

We are proud to announce the promotion of four colleagues who have been named Associates and Senior Associate. Each of these people has played an important role in Bergmeyer’s recent success, and have contributed in their own ways to our dynamic firm culture. Congratulations to Jef, Stephanie, Jess and Andrea!

Jef Leon, AIA

Jef works closely with our client and project partners to lead creative direction, manage project team delivery, and identify opportunities for us … [Read More]

Workbar featured in Design:Retail Magazine

January 4, 2017
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Bergmeyer recently collaborated with Staples and Workbar to bring their new strategic partnership to life. With both firms serving the needs of businesses, they partnered to incorporate Workbar’s co-working spaces within the retail footprint of Staples’ suburban stores. Check out this exciting new space!

Cowork Meets “Coretail”

Collaboration has been a business buzzword for some time now, and – at its best – it results in innovation and out-of-the-box thinking that promotes business growth. The … [Read More]

The Bergmeyer Scholarship

December 2, 2016

We are pleased to offer a scholarship to a designer who is working towards a career in Interior Design. The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the field of Interior Design and Architecture through a $2,500 award.

We are teaming-up with PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, which is the educational foundation for the retail environments industry. PAVE helps the design industry grow a future talent pool and foster professional development in … [Read More]

California Closets Featured in Design:Retail Magazine

November 28, 2016
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Joe Nevin, Senior Principal at Bergmeyer, was interviewed by Design:Retail Magazine for its October feature on California Closets’ Showroom 2.0. Joe shared the story behind the showroom’s design and how key design elements contribute to the elevated customer experience provided by the new showroom concept. Read the article below:

We Believe Exceptional Design Changes People’s Lives.

The best quality, form and function work together to give each of us space to think creatively, live freely … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Stay Strong(er)

November 22, 2016

My partner and I recently spent four days knocking on doors in Charlotte, North Carolina working to get out the vote just before the 2016 Presidential election. And you know how that story ended. But what’s relevant here is what happened along the way.

Being out of my comfort zone was rewarding. Except for Halloweens past, I have little experience to going door-to-door. To make it even more challenging, here I was, an east coast … [Read More]

President Mike Davis Speaks at Bisnow Higher Ed & Student Housing Program

October 11, 2016

Student housing has become an in-demand submarket of residential real estate. At Bisnow’s Higher Education and Student Housing program on October 20, Bergmeyer President Mike Davis and a panel of experts will discuss the latest design and management trends, who’s expanding where, and how the big development and investment deals are getting done.

An RSVP link is attached to the Bisnow registration site. We hope to see you next Thursday morning!

Click here to reserve [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Getting to Know Director of Sustainability Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C, O+M

October 4, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of informal interviews with members of the Bergmeyer team. We invite you to meet Associate Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, our Director of Sustainability who has been with the firm 5 1/2 years. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:


How did you become the Director of Sustainability at Bergmeyer?

My career path certainly hasn’t been linear. I have worked in a variety … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Leadership

September 26, 2016

“The first responsibility of a leader is to define reality. The last is to say ‘thank you’. In between, the leader is a servant.”

. . . or so said Max De Pree, the CEO and President of Herman Miller from 1980 to 1987. His father, D. J. De Pree, founded the office furniture company in 1905 and we now know it as one of the most equitable, forward-thinking, and sustainably-focused businesses in our … [Read More]

Mare Weiss Develops Program Panel for International Retail Design Conference

July 29, 2016

Pop-up stores started appearing on the retail landscape more than 10 years ago. Today these experience-rich environments have evolved into an increasing variety of formats as brands experiment with location, duration and collaboration. Are pop-ups still just a trend, or now a necessary component of a strong market strategy and real estate portfolio?

On Wednesday, September 14, Bergmeyer’s Mare Weiss will moderate an interactive panel discussion on the evolution of pop-up retail at the International … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Size Doesn’t Matter

July 1, 2016

Here’s a fun fact for you: According to the 2014 AIA Firm Survey report (sorry, no hyperlink, you have to buy it), 79% of AIA Member firms have less than 10 employees. Recognizing this, the AIA has a Small Firms Roundtable knowledge community and a whole online Small Firms Resource Center with practice tools, contract and insurance information, and links to sustainability resources to serve these members.

Oddly missing from the Small Firms Resource Center: … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Commitment Issues

June 2, 2016

Are you a commitment-phobic? It’s not pretty.

If you have commitment issues, the thought of going “all in” with another person could give you the shakes. For some peripatetic people, the grass over there always looks greener. Some sorry folks have torched a few too many bridges in their lives.

But hey, not us! We’re architects and interior designers. Ours isn’t a field you dabble in. You commit to it. Every day.

So we … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Receives 2016 Vision Design Award for UMass Lowell McGauvran Student Center

June 2, 2016
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce its design for UMass Lowell’s McGauvran Student Center was honored with a 2016 Vision Design Award by Floor Focus magazine.

The Vision Design Awards celebrate the dynamic integration of flooring and architecture in five categories: corporate, healthcare, education, hospitality and retail. Winners are featured in the April issue of Floor Focus. Bergmeyer was recognized for its repurposing of a 40-year-old concrete and brick student center as a new dining and … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Named LEED® Proven Provider™ by Green Building Certification Institute

May 26, 2016
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Bergmeyer is excited to announce the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) has designated our firm as a LEED® Proven Provider™ in the Interior Design and Construction (ID+C) rating system family. The designation was developed to streamline the LEED project review process for experienced organizations that demonstrate consistent excellence in administering LEED projects. Bergmeyer is one of only 15 organizations to receive this designation in ID+C.

Bergmeyer’s first LEED project was certified in October of 2008, … [Read More]

Vice President Rachel Zsembery Presents at Shoptalk New York

May 24, 2016

We are pleased to share Bergmeyer’s Rachel Zsembery will be a featured speaker at A.R.E. | POPAI Shoptalk New York on June 1st. Rachel will present findings from the latest A.R.E. | POPAI trend report which provides insight on the cultural shifts and innovations that shape the retail industry. Additionally, she will share ideas on how to use data on psychographics, technology changes, demographics, brand impacts, visual and design trends, and more to reach new … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Meet Designer Samantha Goodman, LEED AP BD+C

May 23, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. Meet Samantha Goodman, LEED AP BD+C, a Designer for the hospitality team who has been at the firm for 4.5 years. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture?

I wish I could say I always knew I wanted to be an architect, but it wasn’t something I grew up dreaming about. Even though … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Welcomes Jess Smith, Director of Human Resources & Administration!

May 3, 2016

It is with great pleasure we welcome Jess Smith to the Bergmeyer family. Jess brings a depth of experience in human resources and a special personal touch to her interactions.

Jess Smith, Director of Human Resources and Administration, is a veteran of the Boston design community and is right at home supporting the ever-changing creative workplace and its professionals.  She has recruited, hired, reviewed, and coached hundreds of architects and interior designers and brings a … [Read More]

Celebrating 50 LEED Certified Projects and Counting!

May 2, 2016
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Bergmeyer is excited to announce that we have surpassed the 50 LEED Certified project mark! Our recent project for TD Bank in Burlington, MA, has achieved LEED Gold certification under the Building Design and Construction (BD+C) rating system making it our 51st LEED Certified project. This is an important milestone for the Bergmeyer team, and we’re happy to share it.

Bergmeyer’s first LEED project was certified in October of 2008, and within less than 8 … [Read More]

Retail Design Trends: Bergmeyer in New York City with the Retail Design Collective!

April 11, 2016
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  By Catherine Keywan & Anna Kissell

This past December, a group of our designers attended the 2015 Retail Design Collective to check out the new “must-see” retail shops and design trends. From impressive new flagships, to intimately hip boutiques, we spent the day exploring a breadth of new retail environments around NYC. Along the way, we noticed many retailers competing with the rise of online shopping by transforming their typical brick-and-mortar into experiences intangible on … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Honors President David J. Tubridy on his Retirement

March 31, 2016
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This week, Bergmeyer celebrates the retirement of our first and longest-serving President, David J. Tubridy, AIA. His thirty-two years at the firm and twenty-seven years as President cannot adequately be described in a blog post, but here are the highlights:

Dave studied architecture at Pratt Institute and the Harvard GSD. After bouncing between Boston and NYC working at Parsons Brinkerhoff and Cambridge Seven (plus a summer job with Paul Rudolph that for some reason doesn’t … [Read More]

Where’s the Green? Dee Spiro Featured in Retail Environments Magazine

March 29, 2016


Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C and O+M, GGP, Associate and Director of Sustainability at Bergmeyer, contributed to Retail Environments Globalshop Products Preview issue with her thoughts on sustainability and optimizing energy efficiency in big box retailer stores. Read Dee’s analysis below:

Where’s the Green in Going Green for Big Box Retailers? 

How should building owners address energy efficiency during the design process?  When does it make sense to invest additional funds in order to … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Connecting to the Mission

February 29, 2016

“It’s great that the firm’s senior leaders are so committed to sustainable design. But it’s hard to see how I connect to that mission in my day-to-day work.”

I’ve recently become president of Bergmeyer, my architecture and interior design firm. With this new position, I have set an ambitious goal: to have lunch with each and every member of our staff. It’s been great so far! But that first statement has come up a few … [Read More]

President Mike Davis Moderates at Bisnow

February 26, 2016
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At the core of our practice Bergmeyer embraces sustainability as integral to our design process, and the way we operate our own business. Join Bergmeyer’s Mike Davis as he leads an interesting discussion with real estate developers, landlords and industry experts. Learn how they are incorporating sustainability in their management of real estate assets for attraction and retention of tenants, and an improved ROI. An RSVP link is attached to the Bisnow registration site. We … [Read More]

The Bergmeyer Scholarship

February 10, 2016

We are pleased to offer a scholarship to a designer who is working towards a career in Interior Design. The Bergmeyer Scholarship recognizes and supports leadership potential in the field of Interior Design and Architecture through a $2,500 award.

We are teaming-up with PAVE, the Planning and Visual Education Partnership, which is the educational foundation for the retail environments industry. PAVE helps the design industry grow a future talent pool and foster professional development in … [Read More]

Forward Thinking: Mare Weiss Featured in Retail Environments Magazine

February 8, 2016
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Mare Weiss, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Associate and senior designer in Bergmeyer’s Retail Practice group, contributed to Retail Environments annual mash-up of reader ideas, “Blue Sky Thinking”, with her thoughts on sustainability in the fast paced world of retail environments. Read mare’s thoughts below:

Forward Thinking

Anticipate the future when designing for the present. The retail industry has made great strides in embracing sustainability in the past few years—from adopting LEDs to using reclaimed materials

[Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Brian Fontaine of the Retail Design Team

January 19, 2016

Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Brian Fontaine, LEED AP BD+C, a Senior Job Captain/Designer for the retail team that has been at the firm for 2.5 years. Here is what he had to say during his Spotlight interview:


What led you to study architecture/ interior design?

I’ve wanted to be an architect as far back as I can remember. I always enjoyed playing … [Read More]

Jef Leon Moderates a Panel of Restaurant Industry Experts for Bisnow

January 19, 2016


This Wednesday, January 20 at 3:30 pm, Jef Leon of Bergmeyer will moderate a panel of industry experts discussing the strategies behind restaurant success.

In a city known for both real estate and hospitality it takes mastery to make for restaurant success. Hear from experts and some of the hottest talent in each industry as they cover everything from the creation of authentic new restaurant concepts, to multi-use property development and the growing Boston … [Read More]

Bergmeyer’s New Board of Directors

December 16, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce the election of Mike Davis as the firm’s new President and Director of the Board.  Mike has been with the firm for over 30 years and has been one of Bergmeyer’s leaders in project design, sustainability and firm management. Mike succeeds David Tubridy who led the firm as President for many years.

Bergmeyer is also pleased to announce the election of our new Board of Directors.

[Read More]

Four Promoted to Associate

December 16, 2015


We are proud to announce that four of our colleagues have been promoted with new appointments as associates in the firm. Each of these individuals has played a pivotal role in creating award-winning design, servicing our clients, and demonstrating their leadership both within and outside the firm. Mike has been working in the profession for over thirty years; Stan is leading some of the firm’s most dynamic implementation programs; Susan is managing multiple concurrent … [Read More]

Nespresso on Newbury

December 14, 2015

Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer in premium, portioned coffee, recently worked with Bergmeyer to redesign its Boston Flagship Boutique. The contemporary 2,400 square foot space is located on Newbury Street in Boston’s chic Back Bay neighborhood. The Boutique offers visitors a unique brand experience and is exemplary of Nespresso’s commitment to the highest-quality coffee, brewing machines, and customer service.

The design team from Bergmeyer helped to enrich the customer experience by designing a new contemporary 25 … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Rachel Lanzafame

December 1, 2015
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Rachel Lanzafame, an Associate at the firm who has been with the firm since 2007. Here is what she had to say during her Spotlight interview:

What led you to study architecture?

My dad is an architect, and I loved when he would bring home magazines for me to look at and extra samples from the library for me … [Read More]

Upcycling for TEDxBeaconStreet

November 25, 2015

That’s a wrap, folks! Another year gone by and a second life to an otherwise discarded item was utilized because we saw the potential in it.

For the last four years, Bergmeyer has partnered with TEDx Beacon Street to design and construct a stage set for the event. Creating our own criteria, we decreed as a firm to re-use recyclable materials from our office and community as part of a larger global effort to be … [Read More]

SENSEational! IIDA New England Fashion Show 2015

November 6, 2015

The IIDA New England Fashion Show is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year.  SENSEATION was the theme for the annual event which took place on November 5th at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Bergmeyer took home the Best Interpretation of Theme award for our concept entitled Reminiscent.  We would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s efforts! See lots of photos from the event from Kim Neal Photography.… [Read More]

Roadmap to Zero: A Conversation with Ed Mazria hosted by Mike Davis

October 30, 2015

Ed Mazria, FAIA, founder of Architecture 2030 and the 2030 Challenge will be at BSA Space for a conversation on the roadmap to a zero-carbon city. Mike Davis, FAIA, Principal at Bergmeyer and a proponent of the 2030 Challenge, will host the informative evening on Monday, November 9.

Read more details on the event below from the Boston Society of Architects and visit the site to register for the event.

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Bergmeyer Spotlight: Bill Spaulding

October 27, 2015
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Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Bill Spaulding, an Associate at the firm and Manager of Education and Training who has been with the firm for over 13 years.

What led you to study architecture?

It started when I was quite young with tree houses then observing and assisting my dad and uncles build summer cottages. Where can one do this? On a quiet lake … [Read More]

Jef Leon Speaks About Restaurant Design for Design Museum Boston!

October 21, 2015
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Dining at a restaurant is a sensory experience, one which goes far beyond deliciously prepared food. From the restaurant’s overall ambiance to its brand, its design, and its architecture, every detail must be thoughtfully considered to craft a holistic experience that entices diners to return. Each restaurant comes with a unique set of challenges and opportunities; each with its own client with a visionary plan for its future. As designers, it is our responsibility to … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Get SMART

October 13, 2015

I started writing this blog just over four years ago on a dare. I accepted a challenge, and my part of the bargain was to write regularly about my design firm, Bergmeyer, and our adoption of the AIA 2030 Commitment. Seventy-two posts later, I’m still volunteering for big, hairy, audacious challenges. Still haven’t learned.

The challenge I’m writing about today is a bigger but related one. I’m setting sustainable design performance goals for Bergmeyer, and … [Read More]

Stories on An Unlikely Story

September 30, 2015

With a vision to breathe new life into their adopted hometown of Plainville, Massachusetts, author Jeff Kinney – of the popular Wimpy Kid series – and his wife Julie purchased an abandoned commercial property. Big ambitions and a goal to connect people to their neighbors, their community, and the world through literature led the Kinney’s to revive and re-invent the model of the local bookstore. Just a few months after its opening, the building at … [Read More]

Green Building Focus in ARE’s Retail Environments

September 11, 2015
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A recent Bergmeyer project epitomizes environmental and social responsibility. Designed for Jeff Kinney, author of the Wimpy Kid books, and his wife, Julie, the project has had a significant impact on the community and the local economy.

Historic Symbol

The Kinneys purchased a long-abandoned historic building in their small Massachusetts hometown of Plainville, planning to restore it. Their intended new use for what had once been a general store was a civic center to reinvigorate … [Read More]

New Study on the Energy Use of Big Box Retail Stores

September 8, 2015
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As a signatory to the 2030 Challenge and the AIA 2030 Commitment, Bergmeyer is always seeking ways to reduce the energy consumption and carbon footprint of our projects.

We believed there were opportunities to reduce the energy consumption of a client’s big box stores to save on operating costs. From its early days as a home-based business more than 50 years ago, the company had grown into a national retailer with a portfolio of 65 … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Designs New McGauvran Center at UMass Lowell

August 26, 2015
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Bergmeyer is repurposing a 40-year-old concrete and brick student center as a new dining and learning commons at UMass Lowell’s South Campus. The renovated building, centered on the campus quad, is expected to become a major attraction for students to dine and gather on campus. The redesigned building will add over 10,000 sf to the existing 42,000 sf of new space and will offer multiple dining options, a learning commons, and collaborative classrooms.

Two entries … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A New Perspective

August 6, 2015

Greetings from Herring Cove Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. The only place in the Northeast USA where you can watch the sun set in the west over the ocean. Or something like that.

Vacation can be a great way to get a new perspective. But all the time you’re on the Cape, you can’t help but think about climate change and sea level rise. The Ocean, the ecosystem, the climate: it’s why we come here. But … [Read More]

Joe Nevin to Speak at Bisnow on Activating the Ground Floor

July 27, 2015

This Wednesday, July 29 at 7:30 am, Joseph Nevin of Bergmeyer, along with Daniel Bradley of AEW and Ted Chryssicas of NGKF, will present a case study of 699 Boylston Street, a strategic repositioning in Boston’s Back Bay. The panel will present an overview of how 699 Boylston Street increased its overall property value by redesigning the ground floor retail, lobby, and streetscape.

Hosted by Bisnow, this informative, local event focuses on commercial real estate … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Seeing Is Believing

June 12, 2015

Were you in Atlanta for the 2015 AIA Convention? About 18,000 people attended, plus exhibitors. It was huge. I coulda missed you.

Here’s the headline news: If you are really, seriously committed to doing sustainable design, the Design Data Exchange (aka the DDx) – the new AIA 2030 Commitment reporting tool – will light up your life. The AIA COTE and a 2030 Commitment Working Group worked with the US Department of Energy for almost [Read More]

The Table at LX launches June 11!

June 8, 2015
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The latest exhibition from Design Museum Boston is launching on Thursday, June 11, 2015. Design for Dining is a public exhibition, distributed across seven restaurants in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood that will showcase how designers shape the dining experience – from a restaurateur’s vision to the completed dining experience.

Bergmeyer has partnered with Legal Crossing (LX), an urban neighborhood restaurant inspired by the vibrancy of Downtown Crossing, then and now. The restaurant’s proximity to Chinatown … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: John Ho

June 4, 2015

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on John Ho

Time with Bergmeyer: 8 Months

What led you to study architecture?

I went to a technical high school and studied computer aided drafting. This played a major role in my decision to study architecture. I wanted to pursue something that not only fit my skill set, but also challenged me. I am interested in the built … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Announces Promotions

May 21, 2015

We are proud to announce that several of our colleagues have been promoted with new appointments in the leadership team. Each of these individuals has played a pivotal role in creating award-winning design, servicing our clients, and demonstrating their leadership both within and outside the firm. At Bergmeyer, we value a culture of collaboration and we encourage everyone to offer meaningful contributions to positively impact our projects and our company. We’re appreciative of their talents, … [Read More]

Jef Leon Joins Bergmeyer to Expand Hospitality Practice

May 20, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to announce Jef Leon, AIA has joined the firm as a senior design leader focusing on consumer environments with a concentration in our restaurant and hospitality markets.

Jef is a seasoned restaurant designer, architect, and branding strategist. He has delivered numerous successful restaurant environments and prototypes – working with restaurateurs, retailers, and hoteliers – from entrepreneurs to conglomerates – locally and internationally. Jef prides himself on his ability to add value through … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery is honored with 40 Under 40 award

May 11, 2015

Rachel Zsembery, a Principal at Bergmeyer, was recently named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients in their inaugural awards program! The editorial team culled down the list of nominees to those that had the biggest impact on the industry through their leadership and accomplishments. Rachel and the other honorees will celebrate at the New York CitySCENE event on May 18 and will also be featured in the April/May issue of design:retail. She is … [Read More]

Hostelling International wins Tsongas Award for Preservation

May 8, 2015
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The Charles H. Dill Building in Boston, otherwise known as Hostelling International Boston, won a 2015 Tsongas Award! Each May, Preservation Massachusetts holds an awards program and dinner celebration to recognize the efforts and accomplishments of those individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to preserving the Commonwealth’s historic resources.

From 2013-2015, the Paul E. Tsongas Awards embraced a three-year thematic program with a nod to cinematic awards. The program honors the people “behind … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Conspiracy Theory

April 21, 2015

Want proof that college is worth it?

This was the title of a recent article in the Washington Post. The story included a chart of 100 different college majors ranked by median lifetime earnings in millions of dollars. Architecture was around number 26, just ahead of Political Science. The top nine majors: all Engineering.

I had lunch with an engineer the other day: Kim Shinn, PE, LEED Fellow, of TLC Engineering. Kim calls himself … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Car Talk

April 1, 2015

I own a small car. It’s a 4-cyilynder with a 6-speed standard transmission and front-wheel drive. And a roof rack for my skis.

I know how to turn it on, make it go and stop. And that’s about it. There may as well be a nuclear reactor under the hood. When the dashboard “check engine” light goes on, I take it to someone who knows what they’re doing.

The AIA 2030 Commitment is like … [Read More]

Presenting “A New Recipe” – a workshop at SCUP North Atlantic Regional

March 26, 2015
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Hampshire Dining Commons is arguably the most sustainable dining commons in the country. On April 13, 2015 at the SCUP 2015 North Atlantic Regional Conference in Providence, Bergmeyer presented a workshop, alongside representatives from UMass and Ricca Design Studios, to share how this landmark facility benefits the institution, student body, and local community. The project was recently awarded LEED Gold and is the most visible component in a wide, regional network of farmers, students, educators, … [Read More]

Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Eustis Street Fire House

March 23, 2015
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Bergmeyer’s commitment to sustainable design and environmental stewardship drives our desire to track energy and water use data in order to provide feedback on our existing projects and to increase the performance of future projects. Data tracking allows us to evaluate the effectiveness of the project’s design elements and sustainable strategies. This post occupancy evaluation focuses on the Eustis Street Fire House, a historic structure from 1859, comparing its predicted performance with actual data measurements … [Read More]

Partnering with LX for the Design for Dining program

March 20, 2015
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Have you ever wondered what goes into the design of a dining experience? Design heightens every aspect of dining, from culinary artistry to menu layout, to the spatial temperament – design is apparent throughout. Design Museum Boston, the “nomadic” design museum of the city, has curated seven pairs of design firms and restaurants in Boston’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood. Design Museum Boston announced, “These curated teams will collaborate to design unique table vignettes in each … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: One Small Step

February 11, 2015

A Neil Armstrong moment: That’s when you realize that some unremarkable event is actually the result of a long, arduous, and purposeful process.

We at Bergmeyer recently had one of those Neil Armstrong moments. We finally got a look at how one of our project’s post-occupancy energy use compared with its designed energy use. There it was: actual performance versus design intent. If your firm has signed the AIA 2030 Commitment, you’ll understand why … [Read More]

Fashion Statement – Exhibit featured in Design New England

February 5, 2015
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IIDA New England’s Post Fashion Show Exhibit at the Innovation and Design Building has been featured on the blog of Design New England, one of the area’s premiere publications for design professionals. Written by Gail Ravgiala, editor at Design New England and a former fashion show judge! Since winning big at the Fashion Show last October with “Best in Show” and “People’s Choice” awards, Bergmeyer was ecstatic to design the exhibit too.

From the feature … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Climate Change Client?

January 20, 2015

I am frequently reminded of the difference between skepticism and cynicism. A certain amount of skepticism is necessary to form an honest critical evaluation. Be skeptical when you must. But avoid cynicism. It erodes objectivity.

I recently attended a public forum on the likely effects of climate change on my home town, Boston, Massachusetts. The first panelist was a historian. She had archival maps showing how Boston’s waterfront had been modified over the centuries. Next … [Read More]

Adaptation – Post Fashion Show Exhibit

January 19, 2015
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Bergmeyer is pleased to have designed the exhibit for the IIDA New England Fashion Show Exhibit, on display for the next month at The Innovation and Design Building. Printing for exhibition material was generously provided by ARC Document Solutions, located in the ID Building.

IIDA New England invites members of the design community and industry partners to take a closer look at the 2014 fashion show winners. Join us for a cocktail reception … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: TJ DiFeo

January 14, 2015

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on TJ DiFeo, Associate

Years with Bergmeyer: 3

What led you to study architecture?

One of my favorite questions, and while I could give you my standard answer, The Brady Bunch (because of the girl that said “architects are groovy”), clearly that is a joke. I guess it really started with my childhood. Most of my young life I … [Read More]

Professional Development – Being in the Conversation

January 12, 2015
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Brandon Graska of Bergmeyer was invited to participate recently in the NCARB Intern Think Tank. Here, he talks about the event and the importance of professional development for aspiring architects.

Involvement in a professional organization pertaining to one’s career or skill set can play a big part in shaping the industry. Becoming involved in this capacity has potential to impact more than just the individual; it affects everyone in their professional network, their peers, and … [Read More]

An Unlikely Story on CBS News Sunday Morning

January 5, 2015
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From CBS News Sunday Morning, “Rita Braver talks to the author of the best-selling book in the nation: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. It turns out, cartoonist Jeff Kinney’s success story is a tale worthy of its own work of fiction.”

Bergmeyer has been working with author Jeff Kinney on a new community building in Plainville. The project at 111 South Street is a catalyst for the local community. The bookstore, café, … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A New Year’s Revolution

December 29, 2014
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Here it comes again. New Year’s Day. Time to press the reset button and set noble and ambitious goals for 2015.

What are yours? Lose weight. Get organized. Save money. Quit smoking. All good, but all self-oriented. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. The desire to improve one’s self and bring a certain calendrically-enhanced discipline to the pursuit is great. But have you ever made a New Year’s resolution to try to improve something … [Read More]

Repositioning 699 Boylston Street

December 17, 2014
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699 Boylston Street – a highly visible building at the corner of Boylston and Exeter Streets in Boston’s Back Bay – had long attracted sneers by its neighbors and the general public. Recognizing the vast potential of the site, AEW Capital Management purchased the building and quickly committed to repositioning the building to retain key tenants and attract new, specifically targeted tenants. Bergmeyer worked closely with AEW, the client’s property manager, and corporate and retail … [Read More]

Endicott College balances innovation and efficiency for new student residence

December 4, 2014
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With the goal of increasing student involvement on campus and strengthening the relationship with the community, Endicott College is adding a new student residence for upperclassmen. The project is just one of a handful of the latest improvements to the campus that has been shepherded by College President Dr. Richard E. Wylie.

In order to meet the College’s goal of adding nearly 300 beds next year, the new residence hall had an extremely tight schedule. … [Read More]

Sonja Haviland honored with PAVE Rising Star Award

December 4, 2014
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At the 18th edition of the PAVE Annual Gala last night, Sonja Haviland was honored with the 2014 Rising Star Award! The award was created in 2007 to recognize the achievements of individuals who have demonstrated talent, vision, and implementation in the retail environment. The event, which took place on December 3 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York, brings together retail design industry luminaries and industry supporters together for networking, dinner, awards and an … [Read More]

JD Myers featured in BSA Student Design Showcase

December 3, 2014

Every year, the BSA Membership Committee invites the best of local student work for consideration in the BSA Student Design Showcase, and then celebrates the best of the best at the BSA Space. The jury was impressed with the quality, thoughtfulness, and quantity of the submissions. One of the finalists chosen for the showcase is Bergmeyer’s own, JD Myers, an exceptionally talented designer with a vast skill set.

JD Myers is 28 and grew up … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Don’t Miss Out

November 24, 2014
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Fear of missing out. FOMO. It’s a thing.

A form of social anxiety, it’s that compulsion to know what other folks are doing just in case they might be having more fun than you. Anyone with a smart phone and a Facebook page has experienced it. There are real psychological drivers behind it, too. Check out Henry Murray’sExplorations in Personality and his list of psychogenic needs. FOMO is right there in between cognizance … [Read More]

ABX Session Recaps

November 24, 2014

The architecture and building industry’s biggest event of the year, ArchitectureBoston Expo, was held just a few short weeks ago. The three-day conference had presentation and workshops in a variety of formats and multiple educational tracks like “building performance,” “codes and regulations,” and “the future of practice.” Architect Rachel Lanzafame, AIA, LEED AP BD+C offers recaps two sessions she attended last month on the links between BIM and facilities management and the lean construction process.… [Read More]

TEDxBeaconStreet this weekend

November 14, 2014

Started in 2012, TEDxBeaconStreet is one of the most innovative TEDx events in the world.  The annual event, taking place on November 15 and 16 at the Lincoln School in Brookline, will include TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet program with the theme “Worlds Imagined” and a block dedicated to Google’s Solve for X Moonshot Ideas and panel discussions. As we’ve done for the past couple years, Bergmeyer set the stage with recycled materials for this unique 2-day community event, … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Lisa Herman

November 5, 2014

The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Lisa Herman, Receptionist.

Years with Bergmeyer: 7

What are you currently working on at Bergmeyer? Everything! My primary responsibilities include: providing a good first impression of Bergmeyer for our clients & v…isitors, maintaining Bergmeyer’s legal and registration status in 44 states, and also satisfying the varied dietary (aka candy) requirements of the team!

What do you love about [Read More]

Bergmeyer wins big at the IIDA New England Fashion Show!

October 24, 2014

The IIDA New England Fashion Show is one of the most anticipated industry events of the year. The theme Adaptation was the focus for the annual event, taking place on October 23 at the Boston Convention Center. Bergmeyer took home top honors with the People’s Choice award and Best in Show. Congrats to the Bergmeyer team and all teams who participated! It was an incredible night.

Adapted for stage, screen, comics, action figures – and … [Read More]

NAIOP Trends + Technology Conference Recap

October 24, 2014

In the afternoon of Wednesday, October 22, NAIOP assembled an event that highlighted new technologies and marketing trends that are positively influencing today’s commercial real estate market. NAIOP is the leading voice representing the interests of the real estate industry, including developers, owners and other professionals engaged in real estate development, investment and ownership in the Commonwealth. A keynote address and two panels of real estate professionals opened a dialogue to the marketing, branding, digital … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Why Can’t We Be Friends?

October 21, 2014
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“Sometimes I don’t speak right, but yet I know what I’m talkin’ about.”*

Architects and engineers. If one is from Venus, the others must be from Mars.

Why is it so hard for architects and engineers to communicate? One of my sustainability gurus, Barbra Batshalom, describes the typical architect/engineer relationship as pretty much dysfunctional. But as we have pledged to meet the energy efficiency goals of the AIA 2030 Commitment, never before has a … [Read More]

Mike Davis, FAIA to present at ABX on the value of social media

September 26, 2014
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Kicking off on October 28, the ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) is a three-day event that provides thought-provoking programs and educational workshops for the building industry. As one of the first sessions of the conference, Principal Mike Davis, FAIA of Bergmeyer will be presenting with Karen Robichaud of Payette on the value of social media in architectural practice.

As social media has begun to penetrate the architecture and design community, individuals and firms face choices about how … [Read More]

Tour the new LEED-certified Hostelling International Boston

September 25, 2014

Hostelling International leadership recognized an opportunity to raise their profile in Boston by creating an urban flagship with multipurpose public spaces that deepen connections between the organization and the amenities outside its doors. Join us on September 25 for a tour of the project, with the USGBC MA Chapter and Suffolk Construction, and learn how we turned this historic structure on the National Register of Historic Places into a LEED certified building and one of … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Brandon Graska

September 24, 2014
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The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Brandon Graska, who was recently invited to participate in NCARB’s Intern Think Tank.

Tell us a little bit about the NCARB 2014 Intern Think Tank and your involvement. The NCARB Think Tank is a collaboration supported by the AIA and NCARB. NCARB groups together a dozen associate level architects (pre-NCARB registration) to elaborate on the process and experience … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Research

September 11, 2014

If you’re an architect or designer working in the built environment, I’d guess science wasn’t your favorite subject in high school. Acutesqueamishness was an impediment for me. Forget cutting frogs open, I still can’t even look at a needle. My career in the biological sciences was over before it began.

But I believe the scientific methodof research – my one major take-away from high school science classes – can inform any creative process. … [Read More]

Bergmeyer wins Hub Prize for Cannondale and RH stores

September 8, 2014

The Hub has announced finalists in its fourth annual Hub Prize competition, honoring excellence in the brand experience. Bergmeyer was honored with two awards for our work on Cannondale, a new prototype that embeds the bike brand into the vision of the environment, and RH, a new flagship store in Boston restoring the beauty of the architectural landmark on Newbury Street. The awards will be celebrated at the Hub Live event in New … [Read More]

design:retail recognizes Bergmeyer as Design Firm of the Year

September 2, 2014

The design:retail awards are a huge honor for Bergmeyer and affirms our national presence in the retail market space. What’s most rewarding about the acknowledgement though is that the firm and Principal Joe Nevin were nominated by peers and industry experts, not by the editorial staff or an awards committee. The firm and firm leader Joe Nevin are – in design:retail’s words – “reshaping retail through their passion and creativity, and carving out new paths … [Read More]

Bergmeyer Spotlight: Anna Butterfield

August 19, 2014
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The Bergmeyer Spotlight is an online series of interviews featuring Bergmeyer’s professionals. This month’s spotlight is on Anna Butterfield, IIDA.

What led you to study interior design? After college, I was working at a law firm and headed to law school. I was pretty lost about what to do with my life, and “lawyer” just sounded really stable. After doing some pretty boring data entry for months, I made a 360 one day and decided … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: The Whole World is Watching

August 14, 2014
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One of the hardest things about the AIA 2030 Commitment is just keeping the faith. After getting your architectural firm to sign up, completing three or four years of reporting and enduring as many setbacks as improvements, sometimes you want to put your head down and just do your work.

But, hey, buck up. The whole world really is watching. (I’m not old enough to remember much from the 1968 Democratic National Convention except that [Read More]

Food Management awards Hampshire Dining Commons with Best Concept Awards

August 7, 2014
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Hampshire Dining Commons, a $15.5 million renovation project by Bergmeyer, recently received just one of a handful awards from Food Management and their award program, the 2014 Best Concepts Awards. Food Management showcases creative projects in onsite dining, bringing much-deserved attention to innovative foodservice outside of commercial restaurants. From the Food Management publication: “Following on the heels of the renovation Berkshire Dining Commons, which won a Best Concept Award in 2007, Hampshire Dining Commons is … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: My Favorite Things

July 20, 2014

“What are you reading these days?” is a tough question.

To be honest, most of what I read now is in the social media stream. Although I still drop everything for a new print copy of The New Yorker (thanks, Katie!) and do plow through an actual book now and then (just finished The Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley, just started On Some Faraway Beach: The Life and Times of Brian Eno[Read More]

49ers celebrate opening of their new stadium and flagship retail store

July 17, 2014

Principal Joe Nevin attended the Gala Opening of Levi’s Stadium, the new home of the San Francisco 49ers, with Cambridge Seven Associates. Inside the stadium is the Flagship Store and Stadium Retail for the 49ers, a collaborative project with Bergmeyer at C7A.… [Read More]

Hampshire Dining Commons at UMass Amherst awarded with LEED Gold and Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award for Interior Lighting

July 15, 2014
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Recently ranked among the top three universities for campus food, UMass Amherst is committed to delivering healthy and sustainable dining options. Now, the recently renovated Hampshire Dining Commons on campus can boast its own sustainable accolades after achieving LEED Gold certification.… [Read More]

Bergmeyer’s 2014 Sustainability Action Plan Now Available

July 13, 2014

Developed as part of our participation in the AIA 2030 Commitment, the 2014 Sustainability Action Plan details our current actions and our future goals for further incorporating sustainability into all areas of our operations and our design practice.… [Read More]

Bergmeyer noted for leadership in sustainability by SPI

July 11, 2014

Architects have not begun issuing sustainability reporting nearly as decisively as they have adopted CAD or BIM transition, but Barbra Batshalom is working to speed the transition. As founder of the Boston-based Sustainable Performance Institute, Batshalom teaches design firms and real estate owners to institutionalize sustainability. In her interview with Green Source, she noted Bergmeyer as having an “effective approach to systemic sustainability.”… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Materials Matter

June 25, 2014

Today I’m blogging live from the 2014 AIA Convention in Chicago. A trip to Chicago is always fun, but truthfully, I enjoy the AIA Convention wherever it is. I come for seminars that expand my mind. I attend to see friends and colleagues from across the country – including people I never get to see in my hometown. And I show up for the parties. But not necessarily in that order.

I kind of … [Read More]

Hampshire Dining Commons featured in Campus Dining Today

June 20, 2014

The newly renovated dining facility at UMass Amherst was recently featured in Campus Dining Today, the publication of the National Association of College & University Food Services… [Read More]

Bergmeyer hosts Shoptalk Boston

June 4, 2014
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Every year, ARE hosts regional Shoptalks in cities around the U.S. and Canada. Top visual merchandising and store planning professionals are invited to gather at exciting locations for an evening of networking and education. Shoptalk’s focus on education reinforces our mission and provides greater value for both attendees and sponsors. This year, Bergmeyer co-hosted with Timberland with proceeds from the event to benefit PAVE.… [Read More]

Principal Mike Davis on a panel of experts for NEEP workshop

June 2, 2014

Today’s energy and climate realities require us to rethink how we build, produce power and utilize water. The net zero buildings of the near future will be dynamic in their function, with the capability to sustain vital operations in face of unpredictability. On June 2 & 3, over 300 people converged on the Newport Hyatt for the 2014 Northeast Energy Efficiency Summit. Mike Davis presented with a panel of experts on Building Resiliency.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Feedback

May 22, 2014
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Whenever someone says the word “feedback” I become momentarily distracted. I mentally flip into “air guitar” mode and imagine that I’m Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock playing the Star Spangled Banner . . .

But feedback is a good word. It’s an important concept. Anyone who wants to improve the output of a system needs to recognize – or create – process feedback loopsand watch them closely.

Designing buildings and spaces that are more and … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery to sit on a panel for Women in Design Boston

May 8, 2014

The practice of design is rapidly changing, to keep pace with changes in the world around us. As designers, we must position ourselves to adapt to the changing environment of our industry. Senior Associate Rachel Zsembery, along with a panel of professional women in design, discusses the skills and strategies necessary to stay competitive in the 21st century.… [Read More]

Bergmeyer celebrates topping off 111 South Street, a new community building in Plainville

May 2, 2014
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When the Kinney family opens an office-retail building at the corner of Bacon and South streets this fall, it will be one of the newest buildings in town. The building, owned by Diary of a Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, will hold a bookstore, cafe, and community event space.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Better Future

April 15, 2014
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What do you dream about when you’re designing? The thrill of seeing your brilliant ideas built? The joy of receiving thanks and praise from your clients? Maybe you dream of getting some publicity or winning a design award? Or feeling deeply satisfied from knowing you’ve made the world a more beautiful place?

Or do you just hope the lawyers won’t show up?

Fame and glory and energy efficiency that’s 50% better than baseline are all … [Read More]

Restoration Hardware takes top honors at ARE Design Awards!

March 18, 2014

Restoration Hardware, the Gallery at the Historic Museum of Natural History, exemplifies RH’s position as one of the most innovative luxury brands in the marketplace, says CEO Carlos Alberini. The project won first place ARE’s design awards for specialty store over 25,000 sf and led the pack by winning the coveted Store of the Year award as well.… [Read More]

VMSD’s Third Annual Designer Dozen Winners includes Bergmeyer’s Stephanie Jones

March 17, 2014

VMSD magazine is celebrating the best and brightest young designers in retail with the third annual VMSD Designer Dozen. In retail’s global, multi-channel and fast-paced market, it’s going to take more than business-as-usual to help propel the industry forward. Bergmeyer’s own Stephanie Jones makes the list of up-and-coming talent that are introducing new strategies and concepts and impacting the shopping experience in the 21st century.… [Read More]

Sonja Haviland details Cannondale’s innovative design in VMSD Magazine

March 16, 2014

Sonja Haviland of Bergmeyer shares what makes the new Cannondale store in Carle Place, NY so successful – a design that puts customer comfort, brand identity, and apparel first- in VMSD magazine.… [Read More]

Cannondale wins at Chain Store Age Awards

March 15, 2014

Cannondale won first place in the Hard Lines (up to 5,000 sf) category at the annual Chain Store Age Awards. The project was featured in the February/March issue of Chain Store Age and celebrated at a reception during CSA’s annual SPECS Conference.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Better Tools!

March 6, 2014

Do you have a favorite recreational activity? Does it involve equipment? Golf clubs? A tennis racket? A bicycle, perhaps?  I’m a skier. Skiers are serious equipment geeks! But the phrase you hear around the lodge is: Good skis don’t make a good skier.

However, better skis can make you a better skier. In my experience, if you’re already pretty capable at something and working hard to improve, better equipment can really amp your game.

Same … [Read More]

Why LEED matters for future generations

March 3, 2014

Why LEED matters for future generations, a primer on LEED from our sustainability team, in the latest issue of New England Real Estate Journal.… [Read More]

RH wins Best Retail Design at IIDA New England Design Awards

February 27, 2014

300 people attended the 7th Annual IIDA New England Interior Design Awards at the Revere Hotel. Restoration Hardware won top prize in the retail category. The team included Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., Backen Gillam Kroeger Architects, Trainor Commercial Construction, Ross De Alessi Lighting Design, Bentley Meeker, McNamara/Salvia Inc., and RW Sullivan Engineering… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Women Leading Sustainable Design

February 10, 2014
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The Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation (BWAF) is working to change the culture of the building industry so that women’s work is acknowledged, respected and valued. I was honored when the BWAF invited me to be a guest blogger. Fully aware that women arewoefully under-represented in the field of architecture, I looked instead at the many thought-leaders I have come to know in the world of sustainable design. A re-posting of my BWAF blog follows:    … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: What We Need to Hear

February 2, 2014
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My fellow Americans:

For tonight’s State-of-the-Union address, I’d like to share a vision with you all. A vision of a world where people work together to assure that fresh air, clean water, wholesome foods, and free, bountiful energy will be available for future generations as long as humankind exists.

This is called sustainability. Don’t we all want to live in this world? If we could make this vision real, what would it take?

Let’s begin … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Diagnose This!

January 20, 2014
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Put yourself in your doctor’s shoes. Nice Bruno Magli loafers, perhaps. What do you think goes through your primary care physician’s head when you come in with a sniffle and say: “Doc, what’s wrong with me?”

Of course he’s thinking: “Sheesh. This guy could have anything from an allergy to a viral infection. But before we can diagnosis this, we’ll need to ask him the usual hundred questions, starting with ‘are you getting enough … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Shedding Some Light

December 17, 2013
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Energy geeks. We’re the ones out there doing our holiday shopping by squinting at the lights and saying “Wow, I wonder what the lighting power density in HERE is?”

When my architecture firm, Bergmeyer, completed our second year of reporting for the AIA 2030 Commitment, our mission was clear. We design a lot of retail interiors. Retail stores account for 20% of all US commercial energy use, and 22% of that energy powers electric lighting[Read More]

“LEED v4: Materially Different”, article by Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C and Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

December 2, 2013

Dee Spiro, Bergmeyer’s Sustainability Manager and Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate of Bergmeyer discuss the extensive changes to the Materials and Resources category in LEED v4 and what those changes mean to our industry. Learn more in their article “LEED v4: Materially Different” featured in the current issue of Retail Environments.… [Read More]

Bergmeyer team designs eco-conscious stage for 2013 TEDx Beacon Street event

November 27, 2013

A team of Bergmeyer Associates designed and constructed the 2013 TEDx Beacon Street stage using 10,000 donated aluminum cans and plastic bottles. After the show, the stage was disassembled and recycled. The proceeds from the recycled cans and bottles were donated to Lincoln School, the host of the event. Watch the team work![Read More]

Eustis Street Fire House Earns LEED Silver

November 25, 2013
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The Eustis Street Fire House, the oldest remaining firehouse in Boston, recently earned a LEED Silver certification, which recognizes the structure’s energy efficiency and environmental impact.… [Read More]

2013 Hostelling International Boston chosen as a finalist in the 2013 Gold Key Awards

November 10, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was chosen as a finalist in the Best Eco-Conscious or Socially Conscious Hotel category of the 2013 Gold Key Awards for Excellence in Hospitality Design! The Gold Key Awards represent the most innovative hospitality properties constructed or renovated within the past 18 months and are presented by the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show® and sponsored by Boutique Design magazine and HOTELS magazine.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Measured Progress

November 4, 2013
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Did Albert Einstein really say insanity was making the same mistakes over and over again but expecting different results?  I know, it’s the most over-used cliche of all time. But gimme a break. It works perfectly here. And I promise never to use it again.

The 2013 Annual Report of the AIA 2030 Commitment is here. Download it, read and share. Help promote this important measure of our progress. Post a link on your firm’s … [Read More]

Rachel Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP in the November issue of VMSD Magazine

November 4, 2013
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In VMSD Magazine’s “Green Today, Gone Tomorrow?” Rachel Zsembery, Senior Associate at Bergmeyer Associates sees sustainability opportunities in the challenging and ever evolving world of technology.… [Read More]

The AIA’s 2013 Annual Report on the 2030 Commitment is out!

November 1, 2013
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In the AIA’s 2013 Annual Report, Bergmeyer’s Mike Davis, FAIA, LEED AP and Dee Spiro, LEED AP relate the many ways in which Bergmeyer has successfully incorporated this commitment into our office as well as our work.… [Read More]

RH Featured in October Issue of DDi Magazine

October 2, 2013
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DDi Magazine highlights Bergmeyer’s work restoring the Boston flagship’s historic 1860s building.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Where’s Boston?

September 26, 2013
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“Eighty percent of success in life is just showing up.” – Woody Allen

Last Tuesday, we had our big Mayoral primary election in Boston. First time in twenty years that Thomas M. Menino wasn’t on the ballot. Given the historical significance of this race, you’d think voter turnout would be off the charts. It wasn’t. 113,222 ballots were recorded, 31% of registered voters.

But that participation rate was still better than what we’re seeing from … [Read More]

Bergmeyer honored with Gold Hub Prize!

September 17, 2013

For the design of Boloco, Bergmeyer was honored with a Gold Hub Prize, which celebrates the many ways in which brand marketers, retailers, and others make the brand experience come alive. The project will be featured in the Nov/Dec issue of the Hub Magazine.… [Read More]

Hampshire Dining Commons at UMASS Amherst now open!

September 10, 2013
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The Hampshire Dining Commons’ grand opening was featured in the Boston Globe where Ken Toong, Executive Director of the campus’ Auxiliary Enterprises, praised the newly renovated dining commons, calling it “next-generation campus dining.… [Read More]

RH Featured in September-October Issue of Contract Magazine

September 3, 2013
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Contract cites Bergmeyer’s revival of a Boston landmark as an elevation of retail to high art.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Traction

August 26, 2013
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Left field for the Boston Red Sox. As major-league baseball positions go, it’s legendary. From 1940 to 1990, only three guys played left field for the Sox, all of them All-Stars. Ted Williams played it for 22 seasons from 1939 to 1960. Carl Yastrzemski, 23 seasons from 1961 to 1983. Then Jim Ed Rice, 15 seasons from 1974 to 1989. And all that was before Manuel Aristides Ramirez Onelcida.

Being Mayor of Boston is not … [Read More]

Now Open! The San Francisco 49ers Team Store in the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA

August 8, 2013
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The San Francisco 49ers Team Store located in the Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA is now open!… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Full Disclosure

July 25, 2013
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I have a friend who’s a climate-change denier. He calls climate science “junk science”. He gets in my face about carbon dioxide. CO2belongs in the atmosphere, he says. The difference between atmospheric CO2 at two hundred something or three hundred something parts per million is infinitesimal! Why waste US taxpayer dollars on some misinformed quest to micro-manage infinitely small quantities of a naturally occurring substance?

My usual reply: Arsenic is a naturally occurring substance … [Read More]

Opening in early August: The San Francisco 49ers Team Store in the Valley Fair Mall in Santa Clara, CA

July 10, 2013
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The San Francisco 49ers Team Store located in the Valley Fair Mall, Santa Clara, CA is set to open in early August 2013. Very Exciting!… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Shrink the Change

June 28, 2013
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I was in Denver last week for the 2013 AIA Convention. Denver’s a great town. Lively, walkable downtown, excellent public transit and some pretty interesting buildings. I recommend David Adjaye’s Museum of Contemporary Art up in Lodo near the Cherry Creek Trail. Nice. Libeskind’s DAM? Been there, seen that.

But enough with the travel tips. One reason I go to the AIA Convention is to see Kelly Pickard’s presentation on the state of the … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston selected to receive a 2013 Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award

June 25, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston will be presented with a Boston Preservation Alliance Preservation Achievement Award this coming autumn. The prestigious award honors those who have achieved a high standard of historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston that will be looked upon as a model for future work in historic preservation.… [Read More]

Bergmeyer Associates Participate in the 2013 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge Boston

June 20, 2013

Thirteen Bergmeyer associates participated in the 30th JPMorgan Corporate Challenge on June 20th, 2013. Our associates were in good company as the event drew 12,000 participants from 571 organizations. This year JP Morgan donated all of the entry fees to the One Foundation, which supports the families most affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. The weather was perfect and everyone’s spirits were high. We are extremely proud of our employees’ dedication both in and out … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Sharing

June 13, 2013
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In case you hadn’t noticed, sharing is now “in”.

Urban bike sharing companies like Hubwayand CitiBike are all over American cities.Zipcar is so widely visible it’s almost a generic term. For vacationers, “Aribnb” has taken couch-surfing to a whole new level. Have you heard of NeighborGoods yet? Got a ladder? Need a ladder? How about Sidecar? “Share a ride with someone awesome”. This idea has traction.

Here’s something else you … [Read More]

VMSD Magazine Announces 2013 Designer Dozen

May 15, 2013
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Sonja Haviland, Senior Designer at Bergmeyer, was selected as one of VMSD Magazine’s “Designer Dozen”, a celebration of the best & brightest up-and-coming designers in retail. Sonja is featured in the magazine’s May 2013 issue.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Social Sustainability

May 14, 2013
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A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog post on leadership for the AIA 2013 Convention “blog off”. Seventeen architects contributed, many of the posts were rather good. In ways that I don’t quite understand, our collective musings will contribute to the Convention theme.

In one post, Doug Wignall, an architect from Nebraska, trotted out Whitney Young, Jr.’s famous quote chastising the attendees of the 1968 AIA Convention. I was in 6th grade at … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston named Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Best of Boston Real Estate Finalist

April 25, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was named one of Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Best of Boston Real Estate finalists, under the “Rehab/ Renovation” Category. Winners will be announced at the Awards Luncheon on Thursday, May 23.… [Read More]

The AIA 2013 Convention: Leadership is a Choice

April 24, 2013
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I usually write about the AIA 2030 Commitment. My focus has been architecture and climate change. And since last Monday was Earth Day, I had a rich supply of emails and RSS feeds to fuel the ever-present need for new blog material.

The best thing I saw last Monday was this 10-minute video of Dr. Amory Lovins (Hon. AIA) giving the keynote at “RMI25: Celebrating Solutions”, the Rocky Mountain Institute’s 25th Anniversary Gala.

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The AIA 2030 Commitment: Don’t Back Down, Boston!

April 12, 2013
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The Boston City Council will soon vote on a proposed building energy use reporting and disclosure zoning ordinance. If we really want to reduce our city’s energy use and associated greenhouse gas emissions, we Bostonians need the City Council to approve this “benchmarking” ordinance.

Under the 20-year leadership of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Boston has made great progress in adopting policies designed to protect our City from the effects of climate change by reducing greenhouse … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston wins USGBC Massachusetts Chapter’s 2013 Innovation in Green Design Award

April 10, 2013
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Hostelling International Boston was presented the USGBC Massachusetts Chapter’s Innovation in Green Design Award (Innovative Building or System Category) on Wednesday, April 10, 2013. The award recognizes buildings that break new ground, can be used as a model for others, and have a positive impact on the environment, social equity and economic prosperity.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Power vs. Influence

March 29, 2013
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Which is better to have: power or influence?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Answer for yourself. In your world – a community of design professionals focused on architecture and climate change – which is better? And what’s the difference?

Power is authority. It’s binary: you have it or you don’t. It is given or taken. A governor has power over the people and money in their government. A police officer can order you to pull [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Risky Business

March 7, 2013
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When I say “risky business”, what comes to mind? Tom Cruise dancing without pants to Bob Seger? Oh, please. Such foolishness.

Real estate development. Now that’s risky business.

As much as we like to think that architecture brings beauty and inspiration to the built environment (it does), the purpose of a lot of our work is to attract capital. In reality, the overwhelming majority of the buildings we design are intended to make money for … [Read More]

“Firehouse Rescue” by Peter Vanderwarker in Design New England Magazine

March 7, 2013
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Historic Boston Incorporated steps in to save the old Eustis Street station and assist in the revitalization of a Roxbury neighborhood.… [Read More]

Fantasy and furniture in new Back Bay store

March 6, 2013
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Restoration Hardware receives praise in this article on the opening of the store from the Boston Globe.… [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston receives Special Mention in Architizer A+ Awards “Hotels and Resorts” Category

February 14, 2013
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Architizer, the world’s largest and fastest growing website for architecture, launched an architectural award program with 50+ categories and over 200 jurors. Jury members included Rem Koohaus, Elle MacPherson, Steven Holl, & other renowned architects, CEO’s, & Pop-Culture Icons. With entries received from over 100 countries, the Special Mention distinction was awarded to projects scoring within the top 20% of entrants.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Game Changer

February 7, 2013
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Imagine this: The lobby of your office building is flooding with water. It’s rushing in through broken storefronts and will soon be over your head in depth. Something in the basement explodes, rocking the whole structure. The power goes out, and you scramble up a fire stair seeking safety.

A couple days ago, this story was being re-told to a roomful of people who had assembled for a press event in Boston, Massachusetts. Not a … [Read More]

Hostelling International Boston Wins Boston Society of Architects’ Honor Award

January 31, 2013
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The sole judging criterion for the Boston Society of Architects’ Honor Awards is design excellence. The jury is empowered to determine the extent to which design excellence is informed by aesthetic, functional, contextual, sustainability, social or other characteristics.… [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: A Letter to the President

January 23, 2013
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January 23, 2013

Dear Mr. President:

Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m the 2013 President of the Boston Society of Architects. This voluntary one-year position is of course by no means comparable to the truly awesome office to which you were just re-elected. But we both serve with the hope that we can do lasting good.

Next, I would like to offer my highest compliments on your truly inspiring Inaugural address last Tuesday. As … [Read More]

Joe Nevin named Fellow of the Retail Design Institute

January 14, 2013
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Joseph P. Nevin, Jr., Senior Principal at Bergmeyer Associates, Inc., was named Fellow of the Retail Design Institute at the 2013 Awards Gala on January 14th. This prestigious honor is granted to those who have achieved the highest degree of professionalism and performed outstanding service to and on behalf of the Retail Design Institute. Widely recognized as a leader in the field of retail store design, Joe has been an active member of the Retail … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Cheers from Down-Under

January 8, 2013
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Congratulations on surviving the holidays.

If your life is anything like mine, the holidays hold the potential for exquisitely painful conversations with friends or relatives that don’t exactly share your world view. Climate-change deniers tend to seek me out at parties with eggnog on their breath and confrontation in their eyes.

A favorite greeting goes like this: “Hi, Mike. Happy holidays. Why should we in the US put our economy at risk to stop this … [Read More]

Matthew Hyatt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C Promoted to Principal

December 18, 2012
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Bergmeyer Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the promotion of Matthew Hyatt, AIA, LEED AP BD+C to Principal. As one of Bergmeyer’s most creative designers, Matt directs a number of diverse design teams from research and idea generation through concept development and implementation. An award-winning designer and dynamic collaborator, Matt has a lively imagination and a sophisticated sense of materials and form. An experienced architect, he understands construction and how ideas are translated in the … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Organizational Learning

November 30, 2012
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What does your architecture firm know about sustainable design?

I’m not asking what YOU know about sustainable design. What you know is between your ears. What an organization “knows” is different.

The book that brought me to the fascinating topic of organizational knowledge was Peter Senge’s The Fifth Discipline. It introduced me to the concept of systems thinking. Through systems thinking, organizational leaders can connect people to a shared vision and evaluate how … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Who Benefits?

November 12, 2012
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“Sure. You can sign this 2030 thing. We could ALL sign it, but we would still FAIL!”

The man standing at the microphone made a scribbling-across-his-palm gesture to signify writing and paused for us to feel the impact of his impassioned and imploring expression. We – speakers at a panel presentation – squirmed in our seats waiting to see which of us would address this “question” from the audience.

Fail? Us? How?

The American Society … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: We’re a 2030 Nation

October 19, 2012
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I’m writing this post from Burlington, Vermont, at the 2012 AIA New England conference. I love Vermont, it’s my getaway state. Like a second home. My blood pressure always goes down when I’m in the Green Mountains.

Which is good, because David Brooks made my blood boil this morning with his New York Times Op-Ed titled “A Sad Green Story”. Yeah, I know, it’s his job to piss me off, but c’mon. Why this insistence … [Read More]

The AIA 2030 Commitment: Friendly Competition

September 26, 2012
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I love Chicago. Great city. Millennium Park, the Art Institute, the Drake Hotel, all that fabulous Sullivan and Richardson. And the blues at Buddy Guy’s. And the boat tours.

But how about those White Sox? Don’t like them very much. My home team, the Boston Red Sox, took three out of four games in their last series, but that’s about all Boston has won this year. Chicago is in first place and … [Read More]