John D. Erickson, AIA

Professional Architect

I was raised an army brat so all I had to do to see the world for the first 17 years of my life was live at home.  My first try at higher education led to a Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in sculpture from the University of Wyoming.  It was the "life drawing" classes that hooked me on the art program.  I was awarded the University of Wyoming Russin Fellowship in sculpture in 1979.  After marrying my sweetheart and having two young daughters—an artist’s salary wasn’t getting everyone fed—I had the opportunity to go back to school and earn a Master’s degree in Architecture/Urban design from the University of Colorado.   That led me back to Wyoming in an apprenticeship with Gertsch-Baker and ultimately professional registration as an architect.  I love being a part of the development of my neighborhood, my city and state. 

Personal tidbit:  I’m proud to be able to say that I was one of a crew of two that made the crossing from Marina del Ray, California to Hilo, Hawaii aboard a 37 foot sloop rigged sailboat.  It only took us 28 days and we didn’t miss the islands.

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John is a skilled project manager in charge of coordinating a wide range of architectural projects—from project conceptualization through construction supervision. He has been the primary designer on projects that range from site improvements to the Cathedral Home for Children and the City of Laramie Facility Remodel, to the rest areas at Orin Junction and Pine Bluffs. He has also conducted planning studies for the City of Laramie, Albany County and the Wyoming Highway Department.

Education
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts, Sculpture, 1971, University of Wyoming
  • Master of Architecture, Urban Design, 1979, University of Colorado
  • Russin Fellowship, 1979-1980, University of Wyoming
  • Postgraduate studies: College of Engineering, Surveying Certification, University of Wyoming
Professional Registration
  • Professional Architect, Wyoming: 1986
Professional Experience
  • Gertsch-Baker Engineering & Design, Inc., 1979-Present, Architect
  • Wyoming Council of Arts, 1989
  • National Park Service Center, 1977-1978, Graphic Designer
  • Black & Veatch Consulting Engineers, 1974-1976, Draftsman, Surveyor