With a notion that no site or community begins with tabula rasa, Eri takes a sensible approach to the collaborative and creative process of urban design: synthesizing the story of the place in improving the quality of public realm.
Eri originally came to urban design by the way of architecture and landscape architecture. Her previous professional experience varies in scale from civic and educational buildings, streets, parks, campuses to neighborhoods. Her works at McCann Adams Studio (Austin) and ROMA Design Group (San Francisco) focused on finding a new narrative for a site previously occupied by a single typology such as adaptive re-use of a deteriorated suburban mall to a community college campus in a mixed-use development (Highland Mall Redevelopment), infill mixed-use project for a former Austin airport site (Mueller Redevelopment) and improvements of public realm to the Santa Cruz Wharf.
At SITELAB, Eri works on studies and project coordination of technical aspects of entitlement projects such as Pier 70 and 10 South Van Ness Project from site analysis to crafting Design Guidelines. Eri also shares her passion for involvement in community through site design, visualization and facilitation of user experience of Pop-Up Care Village.
Eri completed Masters in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and received Graduate Kinne Travel fellowship to expand on her independent research on planning, design, and reconstruction of the Tohoku region with MIT 3/11 Japan Initiatives. She received Bachelors in Architecture in minor in Landscape Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology.