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Ed Nelson, Principal, ERN Architects, Inc.
10711 Preston, Rd. Suite 250
Dallas, TX 75230


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

Lecturer-School of Architecture
University of Texas at Arlington
Facutlty 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:

Itercontinental IHG Design and Construction Immersion program

  1. 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

  1. Historic Rehabilitation and Adaptive Re-Use
  2. The Care of Older Buildings
  3. Campus Residential Communities: Strategic Planning and Design
  4. Affordable Housing: Introduction to the Development Process
  5. Hotel Design and Development: Hospitality for the Future

Pratt Institute, Manhattan Center for Professional Studies

  1. Redefining Historic Preservation
  2. The New York State Building Codes


Membership in the following association:

  1. American Institute of Architects
  2. Texas Society of Architects
  3. National Trust for Historic Preservation


In 1994 Mr. Nelson began practicing as a 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 in-fill studies for mixed use, multi-family and student housing in 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.


Other interests and experience include preservation and the adaptive re-use 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.


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-roofingof numerous Southwestern Bell Telephone facilities in North Texas.


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’s 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 Building 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 , Office Expansion Levitz Furniture, El Paso, 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.


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, with Weldon Nash, a Re-Roofing Procedural Manual. 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 administrating the construction phase of a re-roofing project.

Re-roofing & waterproofing projects included:  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 Re-roofing, The Crescent Hotel and Office Towers, Re-roofing and Waterproofing, and Prestonwood Tower Re-Roofing.


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