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Amanda Bergin

Amanda Bergin is a designer at Cambridge Seven Associates (C7A) in Cambridge, MA. She has applied her design skills to several C7A projects, including the KAFD Science Museum & Geo-Climate Centre in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the Marine Technology & Life Sciences Seawater Research Building at the University of Miami in Miami, FL and renovations to the Museum of Science, Boston.  Amanda is an associate member of the Boston Society of Architects and holds a Massachusetts Real Estate license. She is also a registered yoga instructor, teaching classes at C7A and other studios in the Boston area.

Through the School of Architecture Co-op Program, Amanda had the opportunity to work for various sized architecture firms, ranging from two to one thousand employees, including Acheson Doyle Partners in New York, NY, Maxwell Architects in Somerville, MA and Burt Hill in Boston, MA. Working in these settings has allowed Amanda to observe various stages of the architectural design process, from initial schematics to post occupancy evaluations. Seeing the process firsthand reinforced the importance of constant communication and collaboration.

In 2007, Amanda was named one of Northeastern’s Top 100 Most Influential Students.  She credits this to her involvement as a Senator in the Student Government Association (SGA).  As a voting member of SGA, Amanda saw the influence students could have university-wide. This knowledge carried over when Amanda became President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS).  In this capacity, she was most concerned with individual design progression of new students within the University. Under her leadership, AIAS enrollment tripled through initiatives such as creating workshops aimed at engaging freshman in contemporary architectural issues that they had yet to study.

John Viapiano

Since graduating from Northeastern’s undergraduate program in 1995, John has worked at TRO Jung|Brannendesigning healthcare facilities.  His experiences range from replacement hospitals, cancer centers, and large-scale additions to existing facilities, to complete renovations of patient floors. John has worked on projects up and down the east coast, and is currently working on a new 300,000 sf veterans hospital in New York. As a Project Architect at TRO Jung|Brannen, John’s responsibilities include the planning and design of clinical spaces, coordinating the activities of the project team to execute the design, and as a quality control advisor to other project teams in our office. He was recently promoted to Senior Associate, and is also Registered Architect in Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional, and NCARB Certified.

From day one, Northeastern’s architectural program challenged John and engaged his interest in the design industry and problem solving.  After floundering as an engineering major his freshman year, he decided to transfer to the architectural program and instantly knew he had the made right decision.  The architectural curriculum allowed him to concentrate his creative and analytic energy towards something he discovered he had a passion for  – the built environment. The architectural studio environment was very influential because it allowed 24/7 collaboration with his peers in a creative setting. Northeastern’s emphasis on the shaping of cities has continually informed the large scale master planning and urban replacement hospital designs he has worked on.

Kathryn Moore

Since joining Gensler full-time in 2010 as an Architectural Designer, Kathryn has worked on various commercial projects, most notably San Francisco’s Airport Terminal 2. The range of her project responsibilities includes everything from initial design development to construction administration, and the clients vary from small local companies to large Fortune 500 clients. Kathryn is currently devoted to a single global client as their primary architectural contact and advisor. Recently she was selected as a Sustainability Leader for the Gensler San Ramon office and spearheads sustainability efforts both within the office environment and for forward thinking clients.

Kathryn found that the biggest advantage of her Northeastern education was the ability to enter the workforce with experience and a network of contacts in her portfolio. Through the co-op program, she gained 18 months of real-world experience and established relationships that would have otherwise been unavailable to her. The co-op system enabled her to work with both small and large firms all over the country and helped her find the best fit for her talents. Without these connections and experience she would not have been offered a job with a previous co-op employer during one of the most challenging economic times in history.

The most influential experience Kathryn had at Northeastern was her semester abroad in Rome, Italy. For her, it was the most academically demanding semester and she had the opportunity to engage with contemporary and historical masterpieces of both art and architecture.  She also expanded her understanding of Italian culture through travel, food, and the history that permeated the environment around her. In particular, Notte Bianca, an annual all-night festival, which embodies the essence of Italian culture and arts, was representative of Kathryn’s Roman experience, an experience that taught her architecture is not just brick and mortar, but rather an opportunity to evoke emotion.