Ernest Joyner

Principal, Managing Director, Denver

Ernest leads projects and teams with a blend of pragmatism and creativity. A natural problem-solver and enthusiastic people-person, he excels at helping others do and be their personal best.

Ernest believes in nurturing a culture of excellence at every level—from design innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration to community engagement and project delivery. And, as Managing Director, he prioritizes the needs of people—clients, colleagues, and community members—in everything he does.

“The highest and best use of my time,” he says, “is ensuring our teams have what they need to design places that enrich the human experience.”

Ernest thrives when helping diverse stakeholders find common ground. His passion for principled, long-term planning keeps teams focused on shared goals, consistently producing winning results. He has been involved in the design of more than 6 million square feet of sports and recreation projects in 21 states and three countries, including stadiums, arenas, amphitheaters, training facilities, and conference centers.

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Chesapeake Energy Arena (Formerly the Ford Center) Original Sketch
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"I believe in a balanced architecture; an architecture that is both read and touched, that is both contemplated and felt, that is informed by the knowledge and symbols of its discipline and is also designed for the human body and the material of which it is made."
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University of Michigan William Davidson Player Development Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Parker Recreation Center Expansion
Parker, Colorado
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University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross Athletics South Competition and Performance Project
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Appalachian State University Football Stadium Expansion
Boone, North Carolina

Ernest's Featured Work

University of Michigan Crisler Center Renovation and Player Development Center
Ann Arbor, Michigan
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Pepsi Center Club Lexus
Denver, Colorado