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Bergmann Expands Architectural Capabilities with Addition of Four Buffalo Professionals

DATE: May 9, 2018

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Herb Guenther, Nicole Santora, Jacob O'Hearn and Michael Ackley - Buffalo NY

Herb Guenther, Nicole Santora, Jacob O'Hearn and Michael Ackley - Buffalo NY

Architecture, engineering and planning firm Bergmann has added to its full-service architecture practice in the Buffalo Niagara region with the hiring of four professionals. Herb Guenther, Jacob O'Hearn, Nicole Santora and Michael Ackley will provide architectural design services for projects based out of the Buffalo, New York, office and provide support for all Bergmann locations.

“These individuals come to Bergmann with a strong set of credentials, plus the added advantage of previously working together as a team,” said Andrew Raus, AICP, vice president, Northeast Buildings, Bergmann. “Their complementary skills and talents enhance the architectural capabilities we offer in the Buffalo Niagara region and can benefit all the markets we serve.”

Herb Guenther, AIA, NCARB, brings 27 years of experience to his new role as senior project manager in the Northeast Buildings Division at Bergmann. His responsibilities include assisting the Buildings group across New York State with the completion of current project work and helping cultivate new architecture opportunities for Bergmann in the Buffalo Niagara region. Guenther earned a Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in Architecture and Master of Architecture degree from the University at Buffalo. He is certified as a Green Globes Professional™ by the Green Buildings Initiative™.

“Our group brings a depth of technical knowledge about building projects and architectural services, along with problem-solving skills, a passion to provide well-crafted designs, and advocacy for our clients,” said Guenther. “By joining Bergmann, we can utilize the company’s national resources in delivering quality solutions to our clients. We saw in Bergmann a commitment to forging local relationships by listening and responding to our clients to provide a higher quality of service, now and in the future.”

Jacob O’Hearn will serve as a project architect in the Northeast Buildings division for Bergmann. O’Hearn received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architectural Engineering Technologies from Alfred State College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University at Buffalo. With 12 years of experience, O’Hearn is a registered architect in New York and has received his NCARB certification.

Michael Ackley and Nicole Santora joined the Bergmann team as architectural designers. Both will provide support on architectural projects from start to finish, including schematic design and construction documents for new builds and renovations, as well as construction administration work. Ackley earned an associate degree in Architectural Engineering and Construction Technology from Erie Community College. He also served for four years as a combat engineer in the U.S. Army Reserve. Santora earned an associate degree in Architectural Technology of Construction from Erie Community College.

Bergmann’s office in Buffalo is located on LaRiviere Drive. With the addition of this team, nearly 40 professionals work for Bergmann in Buffalo. All four previously worked together for AECOM.


For nearly four decades, Bergmann architects, engineers and planners have been delivering results to clients across the United States and Canada. This team of more than 400 professional and technical staff spans the Northeast, Midwest and Atlantic regions. Bergmann develops connections with partners and communities to create dynamic, creative solutions that will stand the test of time, while promoting environmental and functional sustainability. Projects in the Bergmann portfolio range from signature buildings and commercial developments to critical transportation infrastructure and community planning.