Founded in 1986, Studio E Architects is a thirteen-person collaborative led by two principals, Eric Naslund, and John Sheehan.
Based in San Diego, California, the firm works throughout the Southwestern United States and has built a varied body of work ranging from private residences to affordable housing, mixed-use, civic, and urban planning projects. The firm has received numerous design awards, including three National American Institute of Architects Honor Awards. The California Council of the American Institute of Architects named Studio E one of California’s Emerging Talents in 1999. Studio E’s collaborative approach extends to its successful use of client and community workshops in the design process. The work of the office is noted for its understanding of place, its authenticity and its inventive optimism.
Eric began his architectural career in 1983 after graduating with honors from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo but his fascination with design and building can be traced all the way back to kindergarten where his teacher remarked on his progress report that Eric excels at art and construction toys. His formal education also includes a stint at the Écoles d’Art Américaines in Fontainbleau, France, where he was recognized with a Mention Bien Prize. Being an Air Force brat, Eric has lived all over the country and was born in Madrid, Spain.
Eric has been a licensed architect in California since 1986 and is also licensed in New Mexico and Utah. He has taught frequently, most recently as the Kea Distinguished Professor at the University of Maryland in 2008. He has served on the San Diego Planning Commission since 2006 and has been the Chair since 2009. Eric was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects in 2004.