As a Principal and Director of Operations, Eric’s role with the firm is extensive. His management of our day-to-day operations involves him with nearly every aspect of the business, from strategic planning to resource management. He is the firm’s hiring manager and coordinates our staffing needs. Eric also oversees many of the firm’s larger projects and provides office-wide quality control.
Eric studied architecture at Cornell University and graduated in the top 5% of his class. In less than 6 years, he became a Partner of an architecture and engineering firm in Salisbury. He was a leader in several organizations on the Eastern Shore, including the American Red Cross and Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Since relocating to Pittsburgh and joining Desmone in 2008, he became one of the first two Associates in our firm’s 50+ year history, and is now a Principal.
Eric has extensive experience in a wide variety of project types, from small commercial additions to oceanfront hotels. His favorite projects often involve existing structures. “I’m fascinated with the dialogue between old and new, and the layers of meaning that exist between them,” he says. Eric cites his experience of studying abroad in Italy and the work of Carlo Scarpa as inspirations. “Scarpa’s work stitches classic and modern to create timeless design. Much of his work is simply sublime.” He sees Pittsburgh as a great place to practice architecture. “Pittsburgh is full of great buildings. Some of the most interesting are those that are waiting to be transformed into something new.”
In addition to his professional work, Eric has contributed his skills to a number of volunteer and community endeavors, from campaigning for the United Way to serving on the Downtown Resident Advisory Board. “I love variety – not just in the projects I work on, but in everything I do. I use the design process to solve problems of all types.”
Outside of the office, Eric’s current activities include Leadership Pittsburgh (Class of XXIX – best class ever), the La Roche Interior Design Advisory Board (Chair), and the City of Pittsburgh Contextual Design Advisory Board. Eric, his wife Rachel, and his son Mason happily reside in Pittsburgh’s East Allegheny/Deutschtown neighborhood on the Northside. He enjoys city living and loves to explore Pittsburgh and its countryside by bicycle and his black M3.