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Mike Davis

Mike Davis
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Yale University
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • US Green Building Council
  • Urban Land Institute
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association

What's the most important part of your morning routine?

Getting the tie and pocket square combination right.

What's your most powerful characteristic?

I think I'm a good communicator. Communication is essential to design. Communication in all forms (verbal, written, visual) is what makes the design process effective. Good communication is essential to leadership, too. Organizations need to understand what they're about and where they're going, and that understanding needs to be broadly shared.

What service do you use to stream music?

I don't stream. I'd rather buy the MP3s and make my own playlists. I think I was a DJ in a previous life.

What are you reading?

I usually go for contemporary fiction, but these days the facts have taken precedence: "The Warmth of Other Suns" by Isabel Wilkerson, "The Color of Law" by Richard Rothstein, "Drawdown" by Paul Hawken.

What’s your favorite season?

Winter. You can’t ski in the summer.

What legacy do you want to leave behind?

I am convinced that we can do more good in the world by looking beyond our projects. I am working to make organizations that I believe in stronger, more effective, and more useful. Those include the BSA, the BSA Foundation, the Boston Civic Design Commission, and - most important of all - this amazing design firm: Bergmeyer.

What inspires you?

This City inspires me. I get energized every day (twice a day) walking in-between South Station and our office in the Fort Point Channel.