Meet Eric Anderson, an AIA LEED AP and associate principal at Axis Architecture + Interiors, not to mention a 10-year member of the Axis team. Eric grew up in Morton, Ill., and graduated from Ball State University with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and in environmental science. Outside of Axis, Eric can be found restoring old motorcycles or using his skills as a photographer for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and INDYCAR.
What is the best career advice you have ever received?
“Don’t ask someone else a question if you could easily find the answer yourself. Especially if you haven’t spent the time to try and find the answer first.”
What were your favorite hobbies as a child? Did they mimic what you do today?
I drew a lot as a kid. I played with LEGOs and built plastic models often, too. Either these hobbies influenced me to become an architect, or I was destined to do this. I’m just not sure which.
What is most rewarding about being an Associate Principal for Axis?
Helping and observing the younger architects at Axis. I enjoy watching the next generation grow and develop their skills over the years. I’m also rewarded by helping clients realize their architectural goals in ways they likely didn’t anticipate. I love having the opportunity to help clients develop new ways to work and live in buildings in meaningful ways and sharing that process and success with a great group of colleagues.
Which projects are you most proud to have been a part of, and why?
There are many projects that I’m proud to have been a part of, but the project I’m most proud of is The Efroymson Conservation Center, The Nature Conservancy’s Indiana Chapter headquarters. We were challenged with delivering the highest level of sustainable design without increasing project costs. Through a high level of client trust, we were able to rise to the challenge and give them a LEED Platinum Certified building that didn’t cost more than a typical Class A office building. At a time when a lot of people were saying it couldn’t be done (2007), we proved them wrong.
Another project I’m very proud of is the People’s Health Center. We were initially tasked with renovating an existing structure, all while the center remained opened for business. In the end, we found a cost-effective solution that allowed us to deliver a new building on their site without having to stop or slow operations.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I really enjoy restoring and customizing vintage motorcycles. Restoring bikes allows me to remove myself from the world of infinite options that comes with architectural design – there’s only one way to fix something mechanically so that it will work properly. Customizing motorcycles also allows me to flex mental design muscles in a medium other than architecture.