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 with Legos and Lincoln Logs and would build communities and streets throughout my parent’s house. When I was 10, I got a 3D Home Architect program for my computer that I would play with for hours after school. Through the years I’ve developed an interest developing sustainable communities and learning how we can use architecture as a catalyst for sparking positive change in communities by gaining a better understanding of the context, people, and history of a place.
What do you love about working at Bergmeyer?
I love the people that I get to interact with every day. My fellow “Bergies” are great people to work with and have turned out to be some of my best friends as well. As I always say, “Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!”
What building/ interior space has inspired you the most?
Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright in Mill Run, PA. I’ve always been fascinated by the design and its connection with the surrounding context. I went on an architectural pilgrimage to Fallingwater with some friends a couple years ago and I was blown away by how seamlessly the building integrates with the landscape.
What hobbies are you passionate about?
One of my passions is cooking. I’m in the process of putting together a cookbook containing my favorite family recipes so I can have them all in one place, and so I can pass on the family recipes to my kids, nieces, and nephews someday. Generally, I like to try new things and jump on the new opportunities that come my way. I’m always up for an adventure, like skydiving in Switzerland, being in the audience of “The Price is Right,” and eating Belgian waffles in Belgium! I’m also a huge Disney fan. I’ve been there 25 times!
What is the one thing (not essential to survival) that you would want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island (forever)?
I would want to have a photo album of my family (laminated of course). My family is very important to me and I never want lose the memories that we have shared.
Check out our past Bergmeyer Spotlights here!