FAIA, LEED AP
"From mentors early in my career, I was told 'you will never know everything, nor are you expected to. Every project for the entire duration of your career is a learning opportunity.' The goal is to take what you have learned to the next project and work with the team to find the solutions."
Erica excels in the design of justice and civic facilities, including corrections and detention centers, courts, and public safety buildings. Her design approach centers on conversation with the owner and client to fully understand their goals, needs, and the expectations of stakeholders. She understands this is especially important in public projects that frequently incur close scrutiny from community members who demand sound decision-making in how public funds are invested.
Erica is particularly passionate about sustainability, restorative justice, and the impact of the built environment on human wellness. She focuses on unifying all team members to explore design options that take advantage of passive opportunities in building orientation, envelope design, daylighting, natural ventilation, and material choices–strategies that are the essence of sustainability, and significantly reduce reliance on mechanical and electrical systems. Acoustics, material colors, textures, and space planning influence all occupants of the building from public officials to staff to detainees.
"My best ideas come when the meetings are the most informal and paper has been thrown around the room. Digging through the pile to bring the ideas together, they really come alive and the clarity of the design comes through."
Erica is the Northwest Justice+Civic Studio Sector Leader, working to ensure all projects fulfill DLR Group's design ethos statement, provide complete documentation for efficient and positive construction, and develop a portfolio of recognized and innovative design solutions for public clients.