Erin Baird, RA, LEED AP BD+C is an Architect at KZF Design who has plied her skills across a wide spectrum of building design, from commercial and industrial projects, to higher education and local community facilities.
Erin’s primary focus currently is serving as Assistant Project Manager for the University of Cincinnati’s exciting new College of Business, with KZF Design as Architect of Record. She is mastering the challenge of coordinating between Design Architect Henning Larsen Associates’ architectural and interior design team, located in New York City and Copenhagen, and several design and engineering firms situated throughout the US.
The building broke ground in May, 2017 and is scheduled to welcome its first students to the cutting-edge facility in the fall of 2019. Erin is deeply involved in every facet of this project, which is destined to become another internationally-noted design landmark at the university, sharing a corner of the UC campus with buildings designed by the late Michael Graves and Thom Mayne, both for which KZF also acted as AOR.
While immersed in this very large, complex project, and raising her two young children, Erin found the time to study for and obtain her Registered Architect license. Her love of architecture and design stems from the nature of the field, that there is always a new problem to be solved. She enjoys the iterative process a problem goes through before one finds a solution, and seeing the solution become a built product.
What intrigues Erin is the way in which design shapes how people engage with their surroundings, and the overt and also subtle ways it impacts perception and behavior. This is evidenced by the fact Erin holds a Masters in Architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy, specializing in Crime Prevention Though Environmental Design (CPTED).