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.

Rachel Zsembery
Vice President

Rachel Zsembery
Education
  • Carnegie Mellon University
Affiliations
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Boston Society of Architects
  • VMSD Magazine Editorial Advisory Board
  • SHOP! – Board of Directors & Industry Future Council
  • Retail Design Institute
  • Boston Architectural College Instructor, 2011-2015
  • PAVE
  • US Green Building Council Massachusetts Chapter
  • The Arlington Redevelopment Board

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

The purpose that drives me professionally is creating an environment and culture that allows our team and clients to achieve their highest potential. In my 18 years and counting at Bergmeyer, I am fulfilled by hard work that we have put into creating an inclusive, collaborative, and energetic work environment where we bring brands and their unique stories to life. I could not be prouder of our incredible team and the strong relationships that we have nurtured with our clients and business partners.

What does successful workplace culture mean to you?

A successful workplace culture is built on trust. When you put in the effort to build trust within your organization, anything and everything is possible. It’s what ties our Bergmeyer family together.

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

I have a few alternate universes that I can picture myself in:
-Writing about the intersection of food/music/culture and the natural and built environments and how they fuel our passion for life. So basically, traveling and interacting with as many different types of people and places as I can.
-Naming paint colors or rock bands/albums (my husband and I have a running joke where we turn awkward phrases into the most unfortunate band names ever created – someday I will compile them into a coffee table book complete with custom logos)

Do you have a talent (outside of being your talented self at Bergmeyer) that you are proud of?

I have a LOT of hobbies – baking (I say “I love you” through food); home renovation (we gut renovated our previous home in Cambridge, designing everything and doing most of the labor including plaster, window installation, wood flooring, and custom millwork ourselves); and there’s nothing I love more than helping Bergies fall in love with backpacking.

If you had millions to donate, which cause would you choose to share it with?

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer

At what age would you live forever?

Too soon to tell. I don’t think I have achieved peak Rachel yet.

What’s your biggest ambition?

Thru-hike the Appalachian Trail

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever eaten?

Thousand year old egg in Hue, Vietnam

What are you reading?

I have a three year old, so right now it is a steady diet of Richard Scarry and Dr. Seuss. The Lorax was my first introduction into environmental stewardship and I love passing that on to my son.

What's your beverage of choice?

Lagavulin Neat

What does music look like?

It depends on the type of music. I have long thought that Dvorak looks like the early morning sun slowly rising over a mountain range.

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