Who are we?
Josh Bergeron - Founder | Visionary | Designer
Consumed with a curious mind and motivated by a need to improve the built environment Josh is passionate about developing a healthy society that is in balance with nature. He grew up in Nordeast Minneapolis in an old Victorian house that he helped fix up with his parents and spent many summers with his grandparents in the hilly countryside of New Hampshire developing a love of the outdoors.
He feels fortunate to have been exposed to many different cultures and peoples as a child, crediting that with a deep admiration for the things that interconnect us. Creative writing, music and the humanities have been lifelong pursuits. A love of science, philosophy, psychology and art coupled with a drive to create make Josh a generalist with a knack for synthesis.
Josh thrives in and engenders collaborative environments with committed, creative minds and a fun atmosphere. Projects he is
most passionate about contain purpose, process and personality. Committed to the ethics of sustainability, professional development
and systems thinking he believes that without theory (the why) and academia (the how) practice (the what) alone is hallow.
To reach emergence each must inform the other.
He has 15 plus years of Architectural experience in all phases of design and management from conceptual and master planning to
construction administration in Workplace, Healthcare, Education, Art and Culture, Industrial and Product Design and Fabrication,
as well as business management and development.
He has been on the Board of Directors for a local environmental justice organization, is a co-founder of The Common Table exhibit at the MN State Fair and is a mentor and guest critic for the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. He holds a BS in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Minnesota.
Josh strives to sustain work at the intersection of environmental, social and economic justice and design. He is influenced by the
need for equity in all communities and inspired by the field of Biomimicry, which seeks to tap into nature’s billions of years of
design experience to solve human challenges.
Nikolas T. Kouzes - Creative Director / Strategist / Concepter
July 3, 1981: Nikolas creates his first representational drawing. Labeled as fireworks, he referred to them as “boom-booms”.
Ever since that summer day (when Nikolas was only 22 months old), he has been communicating visually. And over the years he has developed, honed and expanded his skillset to include industrial design, illustration, cartooning, animation, video, painting, sculpture, photography…and his livelihood, design and art direction.
Once described as “always having to draw himself out of a problem”, Nikolas applies his many visual talents to helping clients tell stories, define brands, create products and simplify complexity with contextually creative results.
When he’s not helping others realize their vision or telling their stories, he’s working on telling stories of his own, through the mediums of sequential art, painting and songwriting.
Eric M. Bergeron - Biologist / Craftsman / Maker
Restoration Ecologist/ Owner at Native Resource Preservation
At his day job Eric has worked on restoration sites throughout the state of Minnesota since graduating from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with his degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science. He has experience restoring a wide array of landscapes including wetlands, mitigation ponds, small streams, rivers, prairies, oak savannas, and forests. Being an avid outdoors-man, Eric has dedicated his career to restoring Minnesota to the way it should be so that generations to come can enjoy it as much as he does. In his spare time Eric has become a skilled craftsman and builder, working closely to help bring designs to life.