As President of Desmone, an architecture and interior design firm with offices in Western Pennsylvania, West Virginia and the Delmarva Peninsula, Eric Booth strategizes, innovates and implements through all facets of the company. Eric strives to elevate the perception of the architecture profession by structuring the design process around the fundamental reason a building is constructed: to serve people. This conviction is evident as Eric led the Desmone team to pioneer the design and construction of a 25,000 SF office addition, which received WELL Gold Certification in March of 2020 – the first private office to achieve such a certification in Western Pennsylvania. As a result, Eric has become a noted thought leader on how to design, execute and maintain spaces which focus on the physical and mental health of the human occupant. Eric has been featured in numerous media outlets to inform others on how to manage a post-COVID world. These include national and regional panels, podcasts, television interviews and blogs.
After graduating with honors from Cornell University, Eric became a Partner of a large architecture and engineering firm in Maryland. After relocating to Pittsburgh in 2008, Eric became one of the first new Principals at Desmone in over 50 years, facilitated strategic plans, and managed the day-to-day operations prior to becoming President. Over the last 12 years, Eric has tripled the staff and expanded the partnership base to an additional 5 partners while investing in principles that diversify the firm.
For over 20 years, Eric has served the AIA through a multitude of tactical and leadership initiatives. He served on the board of AIA Chesapeake Bay and held the positions of Communications Committee Chair, Treasurer and President. He also served on the boards of AIA Maryland and AIA Pittsburgh and was a Mid-Atlantic Regional Council representative. In Pittsburgh, Eric is dedicated to economic and community development through active positions such as the City of Pittsburgh Contextual Design Advisory Panel (CDAP), Construction Legislative Council of Western PA, Northside Leadership Conference, Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership, and the East Allegheny Community Council.
Eric resides with his wife and son in the historic Deutschtown neighborhood of Pittsburgh, where he designed and constructed his own rowhome.