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 of the current procedures to fulfill IDP and licensure. This group, now in its third year, meets for a few days in a charrette –style format to tackle some of the challenges associate architects face from the educational experience to the professional practice. During this time, the group will produce presentations, manuals and outlined ideas to help streamline the IDP process for the future.
To learn more visit: http://blog.ncarb.org/2014/October/2014-ITT.aspx
What led you to study architecture/ interior design?
I originally started studying design with a concentration on industrial design; specifically automotive design. The finite study of movement and line-work in product design helped broaden my awareness to the larger picture of interior design and architecture. I was inspired by the exploration of spatial design and the notion of design being perceived as habitable art. Design can be living, breathing, moving forms of expression, the same way its creators are.
What do you love about working at Bergmeyer?
I love the culture Bergmeyer has established. I believe that Bergmeyer has a very strong passion for client satisfaction, as well as maintaining excellent design quality. Bergmeyer is an enjoyable place to work, as my coworkers are also my confidants. Bergmeyer gives each of its employees the ability to create your own future – something that I strongly believe helps mold an individual into the professional they strive to be.
Where do you go/ what do you do to find inspiration? What inspires you?
I really enjoy travelling within the continental US to experience the range of vernaculars that have developed throughout our country’s short, yet progressive history. I’m deeply fascinated with historic buildings and their construction methods. The quaintness of New England’s stone walls, pastures, a country house and a historic barn on a gravel road are my solace.