Greg Berzinsky

Greg Berzinsky

Philadelphia - Director of Design for City Invincible

Greg Berzinsky’s background is interesting, to say the least. Beginning his career as an architect in Philadelphia, Berzinsky has been in architecture since he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, spending 5 years with Ewing Cole before founding Berzinsky Architects, at which he was the owner and architect for 30 years. Berzinsky has since teamed up with the former Alberto Associates to create City Invincible, a new architecture firm based out of Camden, New Jersey. Although Berzinsky’s base is in architecture, his glorious facial follicles are what has amassed him a few hundred thousand followers on Instagram. Now working with the City Invincible team, Berzinsky also does social media influencing. Berzinsky says that in his architecture career, his favorite part is making lasting art that meets the needs of people “I like making the world a more beautiful place,” he explains. As for the influencer aspect, for Berzinsky, it’s all about meeting new people.

Q&A:

Hometown?

Johnstown, PA (WJAC, the local TV station would say--Serving Millions From Atop the Alleghenys').

Place you call home now (neighborhood etc)?

Spruce Hill, University City.

Any notes on your education?

Bachelor of Architecture from Penn State University WE ARE......PENN STATE.

Favorite sport to watch?

College Football, NFL Football, Downhill Skiing, MLB.

Favorite sport to play?

I am more of a Kayak, Canoe, Swim, Ski, Work Out kind of guy. Work Out five days a week.

Best vacation ever?

Europe overview with our adult children Summer 2019. Grand Canyon Hiking with the Family 2015.

Dream trip destination?

Greek Islands, Bermuda, Prague.

Favorite dinner?

A memory: Dinner with my wife at the Four Seasons in Cancun on our 6th anniversary. Otherwise--grilled beef from my Sisters Western PA farm, and a Caprese Salad (with basil from our Garden).

Favorite dessert?

Creme brulee or molten chocolate cake or lemon meringue pie.

Underrated food?

Kielbasa Sandwich.

Dish you’re best at cooking?

French Toast or Poached Salmon over Lobster Mashed Potatoes.

Best meal you've had at a restaurant?

Recent Dinner(s) at Double Knot in Philadelphia--chefs tasting menu. Most dinners with friends are Parc.

Road trip -- three in the car with you. Living or dead. Who and why?

My family current---our family, my wife and I with my Son Victor, 22 and Daughter Ava, 20. We are a group of designers, photographers, foodies...who love an adventure. ALSO---I would like to be on a trip with Dad (now deceased) at my age, 57, and me at about 40 and my son at 22. Seeing my Dad with my adult son would be a blast.

Favorite TV show as a kid?

Hawaii 5-0, Carol Burnett, The Wide World of Sports.

Favorite movies?

Imitation Game. Pride and Prejudice (Keira Knightly).

Favorite actress and or actor?

Keira Knightly, Colin Firth.

Favorite bands?

Coldplay.

Most impressive live performance you ever saw?

U2 Joshua Tree Tour 1987.

Car you drive now?

Jeep.

Car you’d like to drive?

Volvo XC90.

Best car youve owned?

1968 Bonneville Convertible (white with blue top).

Motorcycle?

I would love a Triumph Bonneville Speedmaster.

Wear a watch?

Yes.

Got a dream watch?

Rolex Submariner.

Summer drink of choice?

Mojito.

Bourbon or Scotch?

Bourbon (Old Fashioned).

Vodka or gin?

Vodka (screwdriver)
Gin and Tonic

Cologne?

Yves Saint Laurent Parfum Intense.

Go-to white?

Vouvray.

Favorite beach?

South Beach, Cape May, Santorini.

On a Saturday, your favorite errand to run is?

Used to be getting a haircut. Going to a garden center.

Otherwise, you’ll be busy doing what?

Lunching with Mary, my wife, probably at Reading Terminal and then walking on Walnut Street. Going to the Gym. Creating content for YouTube or Instagram.

Best work advice you ever got?

Start your own business. Hire the best people (who actually don't know how good they are---Humble).

Best thing about your career?

Which one?
Architecture--making lasting art that meets the needs of people. I like making the world a more beautiful place.
Social Media Influencing---Meeting people.

What do you do now for work? Tell us something about your work and career path.

I am Director of Design for City Invincible--this position allows me to be involved in all aspects of design, from planning to architecture to interior design. I previously lead Berzinsky Architects.

Do you have any philanthropic interests/endeavors?

Design Review Committee for historic Tenth Presbyterian Church. Design Consultant for The City School. Open our house to internationals from the Penn ESL (English as a second language) Program for conversational English and Cultural Emerge.

Add anything else about yourself here that you would like the world to know about you.

Faith is very important to me--Evangelical Christian. I know a lot of people, but have only a handful of close friends. My wife and I have been in a dinner club with the same 4 four couples for 25 years--forced us to buy and expand cooking equipment and technique). I collect mid-century furniture. Collect Philadelphia artists--oils and now getting into Photography from IG artists like cjHerndry. We spend time on the Susquehanna River in Upstate PA (prefer the mountains over the shore spending time there in our mid-century cottage all seasons) Avid Skier. (Elk Mountain in the Poconos, Smugglers Notch in Vermont, Breckenridge, CO).