Ed Nelson
Principal
ERN Architects, Inc.

10711 Preston, Rd. Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75230
214.361.8485

  • Education
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Bachelor of Science Architecture
    Master of Architecture

  • Lecturer-School of Architecture
    University of Texas at Arlington
    Faculty Profile

  • Architectural State Registrations
    Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, California, Louisiana, Missouri, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
    *and others
    NCARB: No. 59422
    LEED Accredited Professional 

Professional Education and Activities:

Intercontinental IHG Design and Construction Immersion program
Invitation to and completion of required immersion sessions for IHG Approved Architect and Designer List, Atlanta Georgia, August 2014

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design, Executive Education
Historic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Re-Use
The Care of Older Buildings
Campus Residential Communities: Strategic Planning and Design
Affordable Housing: Introduction to the Development Process
Hotel Design and Development: Hospitality for the Future

Pratt Institute, Manhattan Center for Professional Studies
Redefining Historic Preservation
The New York State Building Codes

Membership in the following association:
American Institute of Architects
Texas Society of Architects
National Trust for Historic Preservation

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In I994 Mr. Nelson began practicing as a licensed, professional architect. As a sole practitioner, early projects included roof and building envelope evaluations, space planning and new commercial projects such as restaurants, hotels and shopping centers. In 1996 the business was incorporated and named ERN Architects, Inc. Mr. Nelson has a special interest in urban revitalization, serving four years on the Downtown Arlington Development Council’s “Housing Committee” and on the Board of Directors of the non-profit, Central Arlington Housing Corporation. For this group he has developed numerous infill studies for mixed use, multi-family and student housing with the goal of rejuvenating Central Arlington and joining the business district with the University of Texas at Arlington campus. He has also created a master plan for 8 acres of pedestrian oriented, student housing and retail adjacent to the Texas A&M University campus at Commerce to be built out over a period of several years.
His passionate interest and experience include preservation and the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Mr. Nelson was involved in the restoration of the historic Texas & Pacific railroad station in downtown Fort Worth and the adaptive re-use of a 1910 era commercial building as a recording studio for the Southland Corporation near Downtown Dallas.

“Having worked as a builder in the past has provided me with many broad-based experiences from which to coordinate both design and constructability. By working in the field, estimating and project management have also influenced my approach to the practice of Architecture by equipping me with a better understanding of the project from the builder’s perspective. This perspective has given me a unique ability to combine design skills along with a full understanding of construction, providing solid and successful building results.”

Mr. Nelson began his career working in contracting, preparing shop drawings, estimating and bidding commercial projects. He has worked as an estimator and project manager for both public and private commercial renovation and new construction projects. At JPJ Architects, responsibilities included investigating, preparing construction documents and providing construction administration for the re-roofing of numerous Southwestern Bell Telephone facilities in North Texas.

Past experience working as Architect with another firm

At JPJ Architects Mr. Nelson’s primary responsibilities were investigating, preparing construction documents and providing construction administration for numerous re-roofing projects for Richardson I.S.D. and  Southwestern Bell. He co-authored a Re-Roofing Procedural Manual, with Weldon Nash. The manual was prepared for use by Southwestern Bell staff when employing a Consulting Architect for re-roofing SWB projects throughout Texas. The Manual established uniform standards and procedures for analyzing the condition of existing roofing systems, determining an appropriate new system, preparing bidding and construction documents and administering the construction phase of a re-roofing project.
Past projects with other firms

Omni Hotel & Convention Center, Charlotte, North Carolina: New 27 story luxury hotel with ballroom restaurant and meeting spaces. Norfolk & Southern Corp.
Meyerson Symphony Center Kitchen, Dallas Texas: Interior Finish-Out-for Food Service Operation. City of Dallas, Public Works.
Cafeteria, Bob Casey Federal Building, Houston, Texas: Interior Finish-Out-for Food Service Operation. General Services Administration.
US Post Office, San Antonio, Texas: Space Improvements & Modifications. The General Services Administration.
Law Library, J Woods Federal Courts Building: Interior Finish-Out-for new Library. The General Services Administration.
Classroom Facility, Dallas, Texas:
Demolition, Modifications, Addition and Interior Finish-Out of the Horticulture Building. Dallas County Community College District.

Past experience working as Roofing Contractor

At Eagle Roofing Systems Mr. Nelson’s responsibilities included preparing shop drawings, cost estimating, and project management for commercial re-roofing.  Knowledge and experience with single-ply systems, includes; Carlisle, Firestone and Goodyear loose laid, fully adhered and mechanically attached EPDM systems. Thermo-plastic systems include Sarnafil and Trocal PVC’s and J.P. Stevens hypalon systems. He also developed estimates and designs for Owens-Corning, Manville and GAF asphalt and coal tar pitch built-up systems and modified asphalt SBS systems. Steep roofing included standing seam and mineral fiber shingles in commercial applications. While at Eagle, Mr. Nelson developed the Single-Ply details that were incorporated into the National Roofing Contractors Association Roofing & Waterproofing Manual. Re-roofing projects at Eagle included The Oscar Meyer Plant in Sherman, Williamson-Dickies Manufacturing Facility, Fort Worth, Autry Industries Facility, Dallas, Lake Highlands Elementary School, Richardson High School, The Lighthouse for the Blind, Dallas, Levitz Furniture Store Fort Worth, Levitz Furniture Store San Antonio, The Hockaday School and numerous Southwestern Bell facilities.

Past experience working as General Contractor

Mr. Nelson has worked as an estimator and project manager for public and private, renovation and new construction projects. While at Heritage Builders and RPS Builders, he acquired knowledge and experience developing cost estimates and solutions for routine building problems and maintenance as well as facility modifications and expansions. Ranging from structural repairs, locating water leaks in building envelopes, evaluation and correction of site drainage problems, repairs and replacement of concrete and asphalt paving systems, HVAC trouble shooting, office space construction and kitchen equipment installations. Renovation projects included:
Restroom Expansion at Eastman Kodak, Dallas

Re-roofing and Site Drainage Modifications 3000 Commerce Street, Dallas
Dock & Office Expansions Autry Industries, Dallas
DeSoto I.S.D. Service Center Modifications Upgrades at Army Reserve Center Waco
City of Carrollton Service Center Upgrades

North Texas Food Service Remodel, Southland Corporation
Texas A&M Addition to Safety Training Facility Richland College Horticulture Building Addition

Re-roofing & Waterproofing Projects

SWB Edgewood Central Office
SWB McKinney C.O,
SWB Duncanville C.O.
SWB Grand Prairie C.O.
SWB Melrose C.O.
SWB Ladonia C.O.
SWB Cleburne C.O.
SWB Edgewood C.O.

SWB Davis C.O.
R.I.S.D Auditorium
Prestonwood Tower
The Crescent Hotel and Office Towers
And most recently, The Grand Place at Dallas Fair Park.