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Andrea Clark
Michael R. Davis
Anthony J. DiFeo, Jr.
Darryl Filippi
Kenneth J. Hogan
Matthew Hyatt
Stephanie Jones
Stan Kubinski
Rachel Lanzafame
Jef Leon
Michael J. McGowan
Lewis Muhlfelder, Jr.
Joseph P. Nevin, Jr.
Brian Perlow
John A. Piacitelli
Melissa Salter
Jennifer Shiminsky
Jessica Smith
William Spaulding
Dee Spiro
David Tubridy
Susan Twomey
Mare Weiss
Rachel J. Zsembery
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Andrea Clark, Associate

Andrea joined Bergmeyer in 2006 and is an essential member of the firm's accounting team. Her specialty is providing resource management oversight for efficient project staffing. With a rare fluency in both languages – design and accounting – Andrea is dedicated to providing our project teams with the financial analysis and reporting tools they need to meet rapidly evolving project and client requirements – all with the goal of achieving efficient project delivery and excellent customer service.

A native of the Dorchester area of Boston, Andrea enjoys traveling and loves exploring Boston's many historic and diverse neighborhoods and restaurants with friends and her dog Sam.

Andrea holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the Sawyer School of Management at Suffolk University.

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Michael R. Davis, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal
President
Mike Davis, FAIA, is Bergmeyer's President. Committed to sustainable design at its deepest level, he is also an effective advocate for progressive public policy and a staunch defender of the quality of the public realm. In addition to his many civic and professional involvements, Mike is a recent President of the Boston Society of Architects, is currently Chair of the BSA Foundation, and is chair of the Boston Civic Design Commission. Experienced in adaptive reuse and new construction, Mike has been Principal-in-Charge of some of Bergmeyer's most significant housing, mixed use, institutional and commercial building projects. With an imaginative view of a project’s potential and a firm understanding of the many variables involved in community building, he provides our clients with clear vision and valuable insight.

At home in his cherished Boston neighborhood, Mike is ebullient about the city. He sees Boston as an increasingly diverse and multicultural world-class center for the rapidly-expanding 21st century creative economy. Still proficient with sketchbook, tracing paper and magic markers, he has also earned master's status in social media and Tweets and blogs more than he probably should.

Mike holds a BS in Architecture from Penn State and a Master of Architecture from Yale University.

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Anthony J. DiFeo, Jr., LEED AP BD+C, Associate

Behind his affable manner and engaging smile, TJ DiFeo is as an architectural project manager with a mission. A trusted leader of project teams in many Bergmeyer specialties, TJ tolerates no compromise in the quest to turn excellent design thinking into soundly constructed reality. With an extraordinary range of project types on his resume, TJ is as fluent with structure, enclosure, and building engineering systems as he is with design excellence. TJ understands the many risks and variables inherent in contemporary design and construction, and our clients appreciate his diligence, his responsiveness, and his unassailable focus on results.

When not protecting design integrity from the forces of compromise, TJ’s pursuits are markedly less intense. His favorite respite is his little urban herb, vegetable, and flower garden. He enjoys reading by the fire, long walks on the beach, spending time with friends and family, and traveling to distant lands. No, really he does.

Born and raised a Philly boy, TJ earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Philadelphia University and began his career in the City of Brotherly Love. He has adjusted to living in Boston despite the lack of real soft pretzels.

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Darryl Filippi, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Darryl has been with Bergmeyer since 1996. His current work focuses on both new construction and adaptive reuse for our clients in higher education. With an expertise in providing creative design leadership and strong project management throughout the construction process, Darryl believes that maintaining a balance between innovative design and the realities of technical and practical construction methods are key to creating great spaces and revitalized buildings.
 
Darryl is a highly effective and experienced leader of large, multi-disciplinary consultant teams for projects with challenging parameters and complexity. His experience includes design of academic buildings, student residence halls and loft-style condominiums. His recent projects include a modular dorm for Endicott College, two large scale dining halls for the University of Massachusetts - Hampshire Dining Hall in Amherst and McGauvran in Lowell, as well as a historic restoration of Hastings Hall for Northeastern University in Boston. 
 
A consummate professional, his belief in great design is matched only by his commitment to providing excellent client service. Darryl has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.

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Kenneth J. Hogan, Associate Principal
Director of Information Technology
As Director of Information Technology, Ken is dedicated to providing Bergmeyer with the best design, documentation, and communications tools that modern technology can provide. An extraordinarily capable problem-solver, with a strong understanding of design excellence and system optimization, he has made it a personal mission to change the design technology process from CAD to 3D to BIM to IPD. He is introducing the firm to the next frontier of immersive technology and augmented reality. Ken never allows hardware or software to overwhelm our services. He firmly believes that some of the best technologies are the ones you don’t notice.

Ken loves touring the countryside on his Harley Davidson and has seen much of the United States enjoying this pursuit. When not motorized, Ken enjoys graphic design; from designing the firm’s softball jersey logo to a custom set of poker chips for a friend, he finds passion in the elements of design. He is collector of fine Swiss watches, handmade cutlery and Native American arts and crafts. One day he believes his award winning Chili will compete at the Terlingua Texas International.

Ken studied at the Boston Architectural College.

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Matthew Hyatt, AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Matt is one of Bergmeyer’s most creative designers. He directs a number of diverse design teams from research and idea generation through concept development and implementation and has authored some of the firm’s most innovative and memorable work. An award-winning designer and dynamic collaborator, Matt has a lively imagination and a sophisticated sense of materials and form. An experienced architect, Matt also understands construction and how ideas are translated in the built environment and encourages the contributions of fabricators and builders as well as clients and stakeholders as critical participants in his widely-inclusive design process.

Despite his fluency with electronic media, Matt’s cassette tape collection remains his prized possession. As evidenced by his library, Matt prefers music that is “produced” rather than simply “played”. From early contemporary electronic music through hip hop, house and techno, Matt moves to manipulated and produced sounds that create unique and unexpected audio (and visual) combinations; not unlike his own design approach. Abandoning the medium in about 1993 in favor of multi-media web-based exploration, his quest for rich and fully integrated artistic expression continues.

Matt earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Cornell and his Master of Architecture degree at Harvard.

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Stephanie Jones, IIDA, NCIDQ, Associate

With an eye for detail and a knack for design, Stephanie has played an integral role in many of Bergmeyer's retail interiors projects as both project manager and lead designer. Ranging from implementation and rollouts to prototype design, Stephanie strives to be well rounded in all aspects of her work. Although she has primarily worked in retail design, Stephanie is now expanding her expertise into the housing, restaurant and hospitality markets.

Stephanie is an active member of IIDA New England and was named an IIDA Emerging Leader in 2015. She enjoys serving on several of the organization's committees, and participates in mentoring programs for aspiring designers. In 2014, she was also recognized by VMSD magazine's Designer Dozen Awards which honors twelve up-and-coming designers under the age of 35.

Outside of designing, Stephanie enjoys cooking and exploring Boston by foot. Although she grew up mostly in the Midwest, she has called Boston home for the past 20 years and is a proud resident of Boston's North End. She is a dedicated dog owner and she and Leia, her German Shorthaired Pointer mix, can often be found walking the esplanade in warmer weather.

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Stan Kubinski, Associate

As a design leader of retail prototypes, and senior account manager on some of the firm’s most dynamic implementation programs, Stan collaborates with his clients and teams to capture the passion of each unique brand and translates that message into the physical environment. He has a vast portfolio of work and is familiar with an array of project types. His projects have been recognized with numerous design awards and he treats each client with a high level of service and dedication to create a successful outcome.

Stan is currently involved in leading and managing designs in Retail, Workplace, Restaurant concepts, and Commercial Development. His most recent project was a very personal one for the author Jeff Kinney, The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Stan led a team at Bergmeyer that helped Jeff revitalize a small New England town center with a new multi-use building, christened 111 South Street, containing Jeff’s own independent bookstore, café and community center. The project is currently pursuing LEED Gold certification. This unique project has been featured in many major publications, as well as profiled on 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Time Magazine, The New York Times and many other well-known syndicated shows.

From an early age, Stan had a passion for architecture and design and knew he would spend his career in the profession. To this day he still has his sixth grade essay about his love for architecture. Born and raised in NYC, Stan then attended the Boston Architectural College, met his wife, and remained in Boston. As a competitive soccer coach for his town, and board member of the Parks and Recreation Department, you can usually find Stan and his family on the local fields at a soccer game.

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Rachel Lanzafame, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate
Rachel plays a critical role on dining and food service projects which range  from quick-serve restaurants to large university dining halls. Her ability to see the “big picture” while paying attention to the details results in spaces that enhance the user experience while meeting the operational and business needs of the project.
 
Rachel’s early work on retail projects taught her to think of how the customer experiences a space – a perspective which has proven to be equally important for dining environments. As part of the team that reinvigorated Hampshire Dining Commons, a mid-1960s building at UMass Amherst, Rachel was involved with opening up the floor plan and allowing the action of food preparation to be the star of the show.
 
Within our firm, Rachel supports and assists in developing solutions to work with Bergmeyer’s evolving process for the use of Building Information Modeling, ensuring we’re using its capabilities to continually push the quality of our work forward. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University.

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Jef Leon, AIA, Senior Associate

Jef works closely with our client and project partners to lead creative direction, manage project team delivery, and identify opportunities for us to add greater value.

He came to Bergmeyer with an extensive background in restaurant and hospitality design drawn from branding and consumer-experience based thinking. Motivated by his passion for inspired yet practical design, he serves as key advisor for food service projects and leads Bergmeyer’s growing hospitality sector.

Jef is a registered Architect in Massachusetts, and a member of the Boston Society of Architects (a chapter of the American Institute of Architects), the Massachusetts Restaurant Association, the Massachusetts Lodging Association, and the Hospitality Network NEWH. Jef was also a thesis advisor and studio instructor at the New England School of Art & Design. He is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon School of Architecture with a minor from the School of Design.

Jef lives in Boston’s historic Back Bay with his wife, Laura. They share a passion for cooking, golf, and jogging together along Boston’s Charles River.

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Michael J. McGowan, AIA, Associate

In over thirty years as an architect, Mike has enjoyed working in the profession from both sides of the table as the client and as the architectural consultant. He spent the early part of his career in New York City working for retail design firms. He moved to the client side and spent over twenty years with Talbots, serving as Director of Store Planning & Design. It was during this time that Mike worked with Bergmeyer as his design firm of choice; developing a long relationship which ultimately led him to join the firm. He is broadly experienced in all aspects of retail design and project delivery and his projects benefit from his results focused. Mike enjoys designing and collaborating, but especially mentoring emerging professionals in architecture.

Mike is an affordable housing advocate, serving since 2008 as President of the Board for Housing Solutions for Southeastern Massachusetts, a regional housing agency serving Plymouth and Bristol Counties with affordable housing, rental assistance, housing related services and development consulting. In his spare time he can be found fly-fishing in many of the South Shore’s harbors, ponds, and rivers, or watching the Red Sox or Celtics. A resident of his hometown of Scituate, Mike and his wife have a son, who is an industrial designer and entrepreneur.

Mike holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, and an Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering from Wentworth in Boston.

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Lewis Muhlfelder, Jr., AIA, LEED AP, Principal
Lewis is Bergmeyer’s most senior practitioner in architectural interiors as well as the firm’s Treasurer. He is broadly experienced in all aspects of design and project delivery with particular emphasis on corporate interior architecture and multi-unit implementation of retail prototypes. Lewis has led project teams that produced progressive interior architecture for innovative startup companies in addition to well-established national brands.

Once an English Lit major, Lewis has a love for the literary. An early immersion in Shakespeare and Chaucer left him with a taste for brilliant and witty prose: which he finds in negligible quantities among the “best sellers”.  Preferring the likes of Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, and Tom Robbins, Lewis is also fond of quoting from (although not singing aloud from) classic Bob Dylan songs. Look for literary references in Lewis’ pithy emails.

Lewis earned his BA from Colorado College and his Master of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Joseph P. Nevin, Jr., Senior Principal
Joe is widely recognized as a leader in the field of retail store design. Joe’s comprehensive understanding of brand analysis, identity development, visual merchandising, and store planning has taken Bergmeyer to national prominence and an international marketplace in this field. Joe’s expertise in strategic positioning and the relationship between design excellence and the customer experience has garnered Bergmeyer wide publication and numerous design awards, and secured him frequent speaking roles at design schools and industry conferences. Joe’s professional experience goes well beyond the shopping center. Institutional clients such as museums, aquariums, and universities have sought Bergmeyer’s advice on how their retail presence can enhance their cultural mission.

In his formative years, Joe gave serious consideration to a career in baseball (catcher, bats switch, throws right) but not wishing to become Crash Davis from “Bull Durham”, he wisely sought fame and fortune in design. Moving from Virginia to Boston “because they had a baseball team,” he is now a regular at Fenway Park where his attendance streak at Opening Day games is near record-setting. Joe lives in Melrose where he is an active supporter of the Incarnation Parish and the Melrose public school system. And although he doesn’t play a musical instrument, he will play you a single from his son’s hardcore hip hop band if you give him a chance.  

Joe studied at Northern Virginia Community College and the Boston Architectural Center.

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Brian Perlow, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GGP, Associate

As a senior account manager, Brian guides the firm’s largest national retail design group through standards development, prototype design, and site-specific implementation. By relying on more than a decade of experience in retail program leadership, Brian advocates for the client’s goals. He balances this client dedication with considerate design strategies that promote healthy communities.

His passion for sustainability and high performance buildings has resulted in approximately twenty LEED Certified projects to date at the Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. He also participates in the AIA, USGBC, ULI, and ICSC to stay connected with the architecture and real estate communities.

Outside of the office he is a proud parent, frequently hikes in northern New England, and expands his horizons through participation in local government.

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John A. Piacitelli, AIA, LEED AP, Associate

John Piacitelli has devoted much of his professional career to adapting beautiful old buildings for creative new uses. Inheriting the eye of a fine cabinet-maker from his father, John has a solid sense for how inspired design thinking can transform a space both functionally and aesthetically. A natural problem-solver and a stickler for detail, John is a monster on the construction site where no firestopping flaw escapes his scrutiny, no waterproofing shortcut evades his attention, no finish imperfection goes undetected. A capable teacher when back in the office, John is also happy to share his hard-earned technical knowledge with any of Bergmeyer’s staff at desk-side or around the proverbial water cooler.

A native New Englander born in Arlington and raised in Belmont, Massachusetts, John fondly recalls his years spent in high school woodworking class and metal shop. Combined with an innate love for US history, this probably explains his enduring passion for repurposing historic structures. There is, however, no explanation for the killer pulled-pork recipe that too infrequently graces Bergmeyer’s lunch room.

John has a Bachelor of Architecture and an Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology.

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Melissa Salter, Senior Associate
Controller
Melissa leads her team in the monitoring and execution of all Bergmeyer financial matters, and believes that her job is to help make our project teams better practitioners. With Melissa’s considerable diligence (and patience!) our design teams gain a better understanding of the financial arenas in which they work and help us protect the business interests of our clients as well as ourselves. Never one to stay within conventional accounting bounds, Melissa extends herself to work with project teams on developing sound project-based financial practices and regularly advises the firm’s Board of Directors on financial direction.

Melissa’s love for running the numbers is eclipsed only by her love for running marathons. But when moving at a somewhat slower pace, Melissa takes in the beauty of the historic Boston neighborhoods in which she has lived for most of her life.  A bit too young to have “experienced” the 1960s personally, Melissa dreams of a Woodstock-esque concert lineup of Jimi, Janice, and Jim. And if asked about the prospects for her beloved Red Sox in an upcoming season, she will likely (and wisely) decline to comment.

Melissa earned her BS at Bentley College.

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Jennifer Shiminsky, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Associate

Jennifer is a talented designer and experienced senior job captain and project manager. Jen’s expertise in providing creative design leadership and strong project management for our academic and foodservice clients provides her with an ability to maintain integrity of design intent through thoughtful detailing. Jen has proven herself to be a vital member of the Bergmeyer team. From being one of the first Revit users in the office, establishing and leading a firm-wide Job Captain Forum, and her flexibility to work on a range of projects from a Firehouse renovation to a 45,000 sf dining hall.

Jen is a highly effective and experienced leader of multi-disciplinary consultant teams for projects with challenging parameters and complexity. Her organization skills, critical thinking capabilities, and proficiency in multiple design tools make her an asset to whatever team she is working with.

After living and working in New Orleans, Jen returned home to New England to be close to her family. She currently lives in Arlington with her husband and two children, and spends her summer weekends on the beaches of Rhode Island. Jen holds a Masters in Architecture from Tulane University.

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Jessica Smith, Associate
Director of Human Resources and Administration
Jess is well versed in the workings of the Boston architecture scene having begun her career as an assistant to Ben Thompson. She has recruited, interviewed, hired, coached, and advised hundreds of architects and designers. She believes the 21st century workplace has new rules; the boundaries between work and the rest of life are dissolving and we need to reconsider assumptions about what drives and motivates people. In addition to being Chair of the BSA Human Resources Committee and a former Trustee of the BSA Foundation Board, Jess has worked as a volunteer in India and was Director of Personnel for Earthwatch.

She was born in Berlin, went to high school in France and England, and studied in Rome for her BA in Italian Studies. Still somewhat nomadic, she lives most of the time on the saltmarsh in Essex in what the FEMA flood map says is a flood zone. She owns a lot of waterproof boots.
 

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William Spaulding, AIA, Associate
Manager of Education and Training

As Bergmeyer’s Manager of Education and Training, Bill Spaulding’s work focuses on how people learn and how we optimally use our 21st-century design tools. Trained and licensed as an architect and an able proponent of systems thinking, Bill powers Bergmeyer’s organizational learning approach and keeps our staff well ahead of their continuing education goals. A natural teacher, Bill is also our most vociferous advocate of the Tao of building information modeling and the Zen of the integrated design processes. Under Bill’s stewardship, Bergmeyer has maintained our market-leading position in the adoption of and proficiency with the industry’s most powerful and versatile digital design technology.

Understanding a little about balance, Bill is certified by the American Association of Snowboard Instructors and trains instructors at Killington. Bill bikes to work nearly every day and endures a most arduous plyometric training regime to maintain his edge. Thanks no doubt to his wife and two beautiful young children, Bill arrives alive every Monday morning with excellent stories.

Bill holds a BArch from Wentworth Institute and also earned a Masters of Education from UMass with a focus in Instructional Design.

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Dee Spiro, LEED AP BD+C, O+M, Associate
Director of Sustainability

Dee Spiro works to integrate sustainable design thinking in everything Bergmeyer does. As Director of Sustainability, she leads our integrated design process so our project teams can effectively improve energy and water efficiency, optimize indoor air quality and resource efficiency, and reduce the environmental impacts of all our work. With a diverse background in urban planning, community development, social work, and media relations, she is adept at building consensus for sustainable design goals among designers, engineers, builders, and – most importantly – our clients’ teams. She is the principal author of our AIA 2030 Commitment Sustainability Action Plan and leads our research to develop practical, market-based sustainable design metrics so Bergmeyer’s clients can make informed and cost-effective decisions.

Joining Bergmeyer by way of the City of Newton and The Green Roundtable, Dee admits her desire to save the world came from watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau. Another prior career with The Travel Channel allowed her to visit every continent except Antarctica. A generalist at heart, Dee is nevertheless quite comfortable with the focused professionalism and commitment to sustainable performance that she admires – and has helped to build – in Bergmeyer’s practice.

Dee has a Bachelor of Arts from Emory University and Masters Degrees in Urban Planning and Social Work from the University of Michigan.

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David Tubridy, AIA, LEED AP, Former Principal (Retired)
David was focused on creating sustainable, long-term growth and success for our clients and our firm. He admirably served as Bergmeyer's President for nearly 30 years. In addition, David served as principal-in-charge for some of our larger new and renovated building projects. As a practicing Principal, Dave’s role allowed Bergmeyer to benefit from his years of experience in commercial office building, mixed use development, and college and university work. His vision of how architecture optimally functions in the civic and business worlds gave him a perspective on our design process that our clients find truly valuable.

David’s love for all outdoor activities is balanced by (and often leads to) an intense interest in building things. Not limited to mere house additions and decks, David’s resume includes several re-built boats and playground structures. Although his workshop is in perennial disarray, nothing in need of improvement is beyond this craftsman’s scope. A true builder, his favorite tool is whatever is best for the job at hand. A member of the Marblehead Zoning Board, construction advice for applicants is given generously.  

David holds bachelors and masters degrees from Pratt Institute and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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Susan Twomey, AIA, Associate

Susan leads a team at Bergmeyer managing multiple concurrent retail projects. Drawing from a diverse set of project types and project responsibilities, she approaches each project with the same philosophy; listen to the client, work with the entire team and deliver solutions that combine good design and efficient management to ensure success. Working with one of the largest retail clients at Bergmeyer, Susan employs this philosophy to carry out consistent solutions.

Growing up outside Chicago surely contributed to Susan's love of good architecture. Now an avid traveler Susan enjoys visiting her favorite buildings around the world. She brings the same dedication to good design to the classroom where Susan has taught as a visiting critic and faculty member of the Boston Architectural College. She is a Registered Architect in MA, and a long standing member of the American Institute of Architecture, and the Boston Society of Architects.

Still an eternally optimistic Cubs fan, another Chicago influence, Susan was excited to watch the team win it all.

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Mare Weiss, IIDA, LEED AP, Senior Associate
Mare is one of Bergmeyer’s most experienced retail designers. With a breadth of knowledge in store planning, operations, fixture design, and merchandising and an ability to affect design concepts that lead to delightfully successful consumer environments, Mare knows this market inside and out. Prototypes and implementation, soft goods and hard goods, big box, boutiques, and showrooms are all part of her métier. A skilled team leader as well as collaborator, Mare can describe the evolution of sophisticated design concepts in a way that builds consensus and understanding.

Mare is actively involved in professional associations which allow her to share her knowledge and passion for design and the customer experience. She has been elected to her second 2-year term as President for the Boston Chapter of Retail Design Institute. Mare is also active in IIDA and the Customer Experience Professionals Association.

Mare has a BA in Interior Design from Pratt Institute.

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Rachel J. Zsembery, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Principal
Vice President
Rachel brings an architectural focus to experiential retail design. Her range of knowledge and talents is broad encompassing retail prototyping through its implementation. A LEED Accredited professional, Rachel has been involved in overseeing many of Bergmeyer’s most environmentally progressive retail design projects and is adept at guiding our retail clients through the process of evaluating the sustainability of their current and planned stores.

Many of Rachel’s projects have been recognized with prestigious design awards including the RH flagship location in Boston, the West Marine flagship in Fort Lauderdale, and prototype design for L.L. Bean lifestyle stores. Rachel was the recipient of the PAVE (Planning and Visual Education Award) Rising Star Award in 2008 and was named one of design:retail magazine’s 40 Under 40 recipients in 2015.

Rachel is active in the Boston design community and has a long and distinguished record of serving on boards and committees including for organizations such as the Boston Society of Architects, the USGBC, the Retail Design Institute, PAVE, and the Editorial Advisory Board for VMSD Magazine. Rachel received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Carnegie Mellon University and currently teaches at the Boston Architectural College while participating as a design critic at numerous design schools throughout New England.

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