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.

TJ DiFeo
Associate Principal, Design Practice Leader

TJ DiFeo
Education
  • Philadelphia University
Affiliations
  • ICSC International Council of Shopping Centers
  • NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association
  • SHOP! Association for Retail Environments
  • Urban Land Institute
Licenses & Registrations
  • LEED AP - MA NAIOP - MA

What motivated you to become a designer (or current role?)?

My Dad and The Brady Bunch

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

A life that allows me to be happy with the decisions that I have made to make clients and the firm successful, while I sit on my house boat relaxing before starting my gig as the local bartender.

What does successful workplace culture mean to you?

A firm that acts like, treats the people they work with and has the nerve to refer to one another as family.

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

Energized, because even when you are not feeling it, there is someone there to help get you going.

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

I would probably be a bartender. I love talking to people and especially more about them than myself…plus I love experimenting with drink recipes.

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

NSFW

What inspires you?

The good in people… hard to find sometimes… but amazing when you do

Where do you feel most at home?

Well, that’s easy… the Beach!

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

Kissing my wife good morning… making coffee… drinking coffee… repeat

What’s your most powerful characteristic?

Patience (so many times that you need it)

What’s inside your favorite cocktail?

Bourbon (for when you run out of patience)

Introvert or extrovert?

Depends on who you ask!

What have you backed on a crowdfunding site?

Walhub on Kickstarter – functional switch plates with built in storage created by Justin Porcano, Principal Industrial Designer at Matter (classmate of mine at Philly U).

Creative
Connected
Curious