Bergmeyer Spotlight: Mike Finch
Mike Finch, AIA, has been a Bergie for over three years. He recently earned his architectural license after six years of blood, sweat and tears (a.k.a. hard work and preparation). A transplant from Connecticut, Mike explains, “I didn’t know many people when I moved to Boston, but I’ve made a lot of great friendships through work.” We are so glad that he made the move here, because beyond being a joy to be around, he is an essential member of our team.
What led you to study architecture?
I had to take an elective class in high school once, so I took a photography course. I ended up really liking it, and that experience opened up a creative door. After that, I took a drafting class, and realized that I had a love for drawing and creating. Then I decided to follow a design path.
What is your focus?
My focus at Bergmeyer has been in retail, specifically on a large financial institution working on retail and corporate workplace locations – both ground up and renovations. I get to lead the teams for each project. I also have a variety of projects with other retail clients, covering a range of roles like project management, senior designer, and standards and prototype development.
What building/ interior space has inspired you the most?
The Exeter Academy library in NH, by Louis Kahn, is one of my favorite buildings. The space is impressive – wowing – with the use of materials; the power and coldness of the concrete balanced against the warm wood of the space. It’s a private school that allows public access to the building, so people can take photos, unusual to find nowadays.
What is the best piece of advice you were ever given?
Everything in moderation. Including moderation.
What is your favorite bar/restaurant?
Anywhere with a good beer list – like Pastoral and Row 34 in Fort Point, to name a couple.
What is the most unusual food you have ever eaten?
Sea urchin. First and last time.
What hobbies are you passionate about?
Hiking and backpacking. I’m always on the lookout for new places. My next big trip is a week-long backpacking trip across Zion National Park. I’ve also been section hiking the Appalachian Trail, and I’m currently 350 miles in. I’ve covered all of CT, most of NY, and parts of PA, MA, VT, and NH. My goal is to get another 150-200 miles this year. But the ultimate goal is to do the whole thing.