Ernest Joyner

Principal, Operations Director, Denver

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.

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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
parker recreation center expansion exterior
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
appalachian state university football stadium expansion exterior
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