Erik Hancock, AIA, NOMA


Erik believes in the power of collaboration to make buildings that are beautiful, humane, and interconnected with the living world. As a TKWA partner, he seeks to more fully integrate the firm’s wholeness-based philosophy, both in design outcomes and studio culture. Erik is an experienced designer, architect, and project manager, as well as a nationally-recognized leader in planning and design for outdoor camps and nature-based educational facilities. Erik’s diverse background in architecture, music, and software development helps him create empathetic and responsive designs for varied and complex client design challenges. On a typical workday, Erik can be found accompanied by his miniature schnauzer, Mojo—the studio’s unofficial emotional support animal.

  • Master of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

  • Master of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • Bachelor of Music, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

  • Registered Architect in Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming

  • NCARB certified

  • American Institute of Architects, member

  • National Organization of Minority Architects, member

  • Crafting a Vision for 21st Century Camps — 2019 BSA National Outdoor Conference

  • Practicing Practice — 2018 Portland Urban Architecture Laboratory (PUARL) Conference

  • Pattern Writing: A Holistic Approach to Camp Planning and Design — American Camp Association Mid-States Conference

  • How Do You Ask the City a Question? — 2016 Portland Urban Architecture Laboratory (PUARL) Conference

  • 4MKE : Vibrancy in Westtown — Creative Alliance Milwaukee @ Work Summit

  • Erik is active in the firm’s community outreach, leading the effort to make TKWA the first design firm in Wisconsin to become a Public Benefit Corporation. Benefit Corporations are for-profit organizations that have made an additional commitment to make a positive impact on society, workers, and the environment. As part of this commitment, TKWA participates in a voluntary annual reporting program called Just Label. Erik also helped to establish The Kubala Washatko Architects Scholarship—dedicated to supporting underrepresented minority architecture students at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


Zhongguancun Elementary School No. 3

4MKE: Placemaking on 4th & Wisconsin Ave

Boy Scouts: Crossroads of America Council

Boy Scouts of America: Camp Big Timber

YMCA: Camp Carson

Write On, Door County