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]