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
American Institute of Architects, member
National Organization of Minority Architects, member
TEACHING + LECTURES
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.