Erik is licensed in Arizona, Idaho, Texas, Hawaii, Nevada and California. He also has attained his NCARB certification giving reciprocity for any state license.
Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Erik received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Iowa State University in 1993. He completed his Masters degree at Arizona State University in 1996. Erik was awarded the American Institute of Architects Young Gun Award and was recently named Master of the Southwest by Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine in 2014. He has been named Best Architect from AZ Foothills Magazine and No. 1 in Book of Lists for Architecture Firms by the Phoenix Business Journal.
Erik founded PHX Architecture in 2002, under the name of Peterson Architecture, with an emphasis on delivering exceptional design with unparalleled client service. From the beginning, Erik has guided the firm to continued success, with numerous achievements. Focused on lifestyle projects including luxury residential, golf clubhouses, signature resorts and restaurants, Erik’s projects have won numerous industry design awards, and his firm is now recognized throughout the West for quality design. Erik’s projects are regularly featured in publications including Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine, Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal, and the Arizona Republic. The firm was rebranded in 2010 to PHX Architecture and broadened its diversity of projects and staff.
Erik’s mentors lead him to his later successes. His first was in London working for Sir Terry Farrell Architects. He then moved to Arizona gaining the highly valued internship with Taliesin Architects, where he worked on original Frank Lloyd Wright designs including The Monona Terrace Convention Center in Madison, Wisconsin. He left Taliesin to work with Bing Hu AIA, who he became licensed under and eventually principal of the firm H&S International, winning numerous awards for design excellence.
Erik is married and has two children. He enjoys travel, classical music and opera. His ultimate goal is to design opera sets for the great opera houses of the world.