Member Spotlights

Holly A. Bergman


  1. Give us a short bio...

 I grew up moving all over and have lived in eleven different states. I spent the most amount of time in Colorado, though, and consider that where I am from. I went to school at Kansas State, work at Dewberry and have been living in Tulsa a little over two years.

  1. How long have you been a member of AIA? 

 I have been a member since 2015.

  1. Why did you join AIA? Are you involved with the chapter?

 I joined because I wanted to become more involved in the profession and the influence it can have in a community.

  1. What’s your favorite AIAEOK event?

 I really enjoyed the Women in Design - Mentorship Mixer.

  1. What’s your favorite thing about AIA?

 I enjoy how the AIA brings professionals together with shared interests, provides a way to explore new ideas, and celebrates good work.

  1. What or who inspired you to become an architect?

 I made the decision in fourth grade when I did a mentorship program in school. I discovered I was not suited to be a veterinarian, which was who I shadowed, when I almost fainted watching a surgery.  Instead I got jealous of the cool model that some other kid built when shadowing an architect and my interest just built from there.

  1. What do you think/hope your occupation will look like in 10 years?

 I think there will probably be an increased focus on technology and virtual reality in whatever way that interfaces with production of drawings as well as client interaction.

  1. What has been your most exciting project and why?

I don’t know if I would call it exciting but I have been most influenced by working with the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. I have learned so much and have a much greater appreciation for a profession I never gave much thought to before.

  1. What’s your favorite piece/place of design in Oklahoma?

Right now I am really liking the Gathering Place and the attention it is bringing for the city and state. A lot of times Oklahoma doesn’t get much credit and it is nice to see how we can create spaces for our own benefit as well as prove that we have a lot to offer.   

  1. On a Saturday morning, where could we typically find you?

 Usually I will be at home, drinking coffee, and spending some time with my dog before I start the day.

  1. One advise you could give architects in general, women-architect in specific?

 That’s a tough one because I don’t have that many years of experience myself but I would probably say to not lose your passion. Most people get into architecture because something about it excites them and it is so easy to forget that in the day-to-day tasks. When the passion is gone it is hard to grow as an individual and as a profession.

  1. What are you listening to/reading/or watching these days?

I am currently reading “The Goldfinch” by Donna Tartt and will probably see the movie when I am done.