MArch, Washington University; BArch, Oklahoma State University
Eric R. Hoffman, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a Professor of Practice at Washington University in St. Louis and recipient of the 2013 National AIA Young Architect Award. A leading practitioner and educator, Hoffman is passionately committed to innovation, realization, mentorship, and the environment. His versatile approach balances collaboration with signature architects, design competitions as tools for explorative research, and active involvement in architectural education. Hoffman's numerous contributions and achievements are further endorsed by lasting relationships with clients, students and colleagues.
Hoffman currently co-directs patterhn, a design and research endeavor.
In March of 2000, Hoffman joined Joan Soranno and John Cook's award-winning studio within Minneapolis-based HGA. During his tenure, he collaborated on the extraordinary Walker Art Center expansion with the Pritzker Prize-winning office of Herzog & de Meuron. His contributions were immediate and extensive at all phases of design and construction. The opening of the Walker in April 2005 was met with great public enthusiasm and critical acclaim.
To build on his formative education from Oklahoma State University, experiences gained in Minneapolis, and desire to deepen critical inquiry within the discipline, Hoffman pursued post-professional education at Washington University's Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design in 2004. He graduated with honors in 2005 and continues to serve the school as Professor of Practice.
His recent role with HOK and David Chipperfield Architects on the Saint Louis Art Museum expansion (grand opening June 2013) illustrates Hoffman's continued track record of successful collaboration at the highest levels of the profession. Paralleling these many experiences, he has received numerous distinctions including four AIA Saint Louis design awards, many academic honors, and placing in seven design competitions.