Introducing Eric Behr

ERIC - BW - LRAB design studio is pleased to present Eric Behr,  Principal Architect and Co-Director of the Studio!

We are delighted and proud to announce that Eric Behr has been promoted to the role of Principal Architect and Co-Director of the Studio! For more than 10 years, Eric has delivered exceptional service and demonstrated terrific drive and focus to countless Clients, Projects and Colleagues here at AB design studio. In his new role, Eric has expanded his responsibilities to provide a key leadership position that greatly improves our firm's oversight to the critical operations of our Santa Barbara and Los Angeles studios. Eric's extraordinary commitment to AB design studio along with his many achievements, distinguished credentials and tremendous talent are the ingredients for continued success. Please join us in congratulating Eric and welcoming him into his new role here at AB design studio.

AB design studio_The Studio-2[Image credit: Eric and team member collaborating, Santa Barbara, CA - AB design studio, inc.]

Eric received his Master of Architecture Degree from Kansas State University. He is a licensed architect in the state of California and a LEED AP certified professional. Prior to joining our studio, Eric worked at renowned Architecture firms Marmol Radziner and POD Design. During his early years of apprenticeship, Eric nurtured his design talents and developed a strong ability to manage complex projects in a dynamic studio environment. In his many years working in the heart of our studio, Eric has further expanded these abilities by tackling and delivering many different project typologies for an impressive array of clients. In addition to Eric's on the court work ethic in the studio, he has also participated outside of the workplace in numerous leadership and business based workshops and seminars to expand his professional development and further his education as a highly developed practitioner.  With an expertise in leadership focused project management and a deep well of technical skill and ability, Eric is an in-demand Architect with a very bright future!

Behr Sailing[Image credit above and below to right: Eric at the helm of a sailboat, Eric's completed Sprinter Van - Eric Behr]

Behr Sprinter Van

Eric is a self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast having climbed to the top of Mt. Shasta, hiked to the bottom of the grand canyon and obtained his bareboat Sailor certification. One of his major passions is designing and fabricating items for his everyday use. From 2016 - 2018 Eric spent somewhere between 300 - 400 man hours customizing and completing a Sprinter Van Build Out for he and his family. The build out included solar power for all electrical, a fridge and sink, collapsible bed, new backseat, removable dining table / work desk, custom plywood storage cabinets and drawers, redwood tongue and groove interior wall finish, new skylight and side window, custom thermal curtains and screens, LED lighting and an outdoor pullout kitchen off of the rear. Eric is a self-proclaimed outdoor enthusiast having climbed to the top of Mt. Shasta, hiked to the bottom of the grand canyon and obtained his bareboat Sailor certification. One of his major passions is designing and fabricating items for his everyday use. From 2016 - 2018 Eric spent somewhere between 300 - 400 man hours customizing and completing a Sprinter Van Build Out for he and his family. The build out included solar power for all electrical, a fridge and sink, collapsible bed, new backseat, removable dining table / work desk, custom plywood storage cabinets and drawers, redwood tongue and groove interior wall finish, new skylight and side window, custom thermal curtains and screens, LED lighting and an outdoor pullout kitchen off of the rear.

One of his favorite memories in the van was when he and wife, Meghan, took their six month old son up the western side and back down the eastern of Tahoe. He is a Midwest country boy at heart, born and raised in Defiance, MO [a town of only 500]. When asked why he chose to pursue architecture as a career, this is what he had to say, "Still wondering that :) In school I was good at math, and could draw. I thought Architecture would be much heavier on math. There was an Architecture student from Kansas State that came and spoke at my high school, and that was an influential moment. I decided to give it a go, and haven't looked back." He is inspired by Mother Nature, motivated by design and continues to be excited about all of the opportunities available to practice Architecture in the welcoming climates of California. Eric is happily married and a new father of two beautiful active children. When Eric is not working, hiking, sailing or fabricating something new he is likely taking care of family business with Meghan, raising their family and creating their dream home in Santa Barbara.

BehrFamilyPortrait_Finals-6[Image credit: Eric with wife Meghan and children Gibson and Laine - Eric Behr]

It's clear that Eric is up to a lot in life and in his career!  Thankfully, he's not tackling his work here in the studio alone. Eric is backed up by the support of our talented and experienced architecture, interior design and urban planning team of professionals. Our 20 person staff is well-equipped to tackle a multitude of signature design driven projects of all sizes and typology.  AB design studio staff members maintain and develop their skill and practice on state of the art project delivery systems. Each staff member is armed with extensive knowledge and experience within the construction industry, building codes and current building trends. The AB design studio team members are guided by experienced senior practitioners who bring careful oversight to all of our projects and clients. AB design studio provides a high degree of expertise that can only be established by consistently delivering great results over time. Our team develops well-rounded and thoughtful solutions to today's greatest design challenges. We deliver by leveraging the talent of awesome people like Eric Behr who deliver our proven process each day; we deliver by using a simple formula - LISTEN | STRATEGIZE | CREATE | DELIVER.

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