People

Our culture emphasizes inclusivity and the sharing of ideas. We value education and support a workplace that empowers talented, innovative leaders. We are open-minded, curious, and ambitious.

Jen Shiminsky
Associate Principal, Design Practice Leader, Board Secretary

Jen Shiminsky
Education
  • Tulane University
Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
Licenses & Registrations
  • Massachusetts - MA AIA LEED AP

When you are retired and look back on your life, what is the biggest accomplishment you hope to achieve?

I hope I pass on all of the knowledge and wisdom that I’ve gained from my predecessors, and that Bergmeyer’s next generation continues to thrive.

What does successful workplace culture mean to you?

Creating something better together than any of us could do on our own.

If you had to pick one word that best represents Bergmeyer's culture, what would it be, and why?

Family. On so many levels, and not just because I’ve been here so long I feel like I’ve grown up with my colleagues. We all have different personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. We don’t always agree, but we all accept each other for our differences and root for each other’s success. Sometimes we drink a little to much at gatherings. We’ve got each other’s backs when we need support. We genuinely care about each other, and our lives outside of the office.

What would you be doing if you were not working in this industry?

I honestly have no idea. I have wanted to be an architect since I was a little girl and I can’t imagine doing anything else.

At what age would you live forever?

28

What’s inside your favorite cocktail?

What’s inside Sangria? Does that count as a cocktail?

What was your best Halloween costume?

My sisters and I dressed up as my mom through the decades. I was ‘Present Day Barbara’.

If you were to get a new degree or certification, what would it be?

Licensed electrician

Where do you go for a weekend getaway?

Rhode Island, especially in the summer

What’s your most used emoji?

Shoulder shrug lady

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

Children that are kind

Creative
Connected
Curious