When he was eleven, Ernest took a trip to Washington, DC. He was delighted by the mall, and especially the East Building of the National Gallery—with its sharp edges and giant Calder mobile. He noticed that the other museum-goers were similarly delightful, and was fascinated that this particular building had such an emotional, visceral effect on people.
Ernest has a both a creative side and a pragmatic side. While earning a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics at Washington and Lee, he decided this field was not creative enough, and remembering his experience in DC, he sought out architecture as a place where he thought he could really make a difference. After his first semester in architecture school, he knew he had made the right decision.
Today, Ernest helps lead our Sports, Recreation and Entertainment practice, focusing on various aspects of both collegiate and professional athletics, arenas, and stadiums. He prides himself on being a “real problem solver” and creating buildings and spaces that are humanistic and inspiring.