Studio Sessions Vol.10

Erin Engler…Stoffer

est. June 2017

Erin Edith Engler.  Not only is she one of our newest and wittiest stars – she possesses a handle of such uncommon glory that the sky is literally the limit with respect to her available nicknames.  EEE.  It’s wonderful.

But alas, she went and got herself married to (the wildly awesome) Matt Stoffer this past summer.  I guess, just this once, Erin, you can be forgiven because of true love or whatever.


E brings many things to the drafting board here at i/A.  Not only is she a talented future-architect – but she also brings whole new levels of energy, enthusiasm, and encouragement to the entire team.  Elevating environments effectively is no challenge for her as she effortlessly exudes excitement to each and every exercise of design she takes on.

We were finally able to pin her down recently to find out a little more about her enlightened endowment of expertise, and the result is an epic example of exactitude worth a thorough perusing.

So without further ado, here’s Erin Engler Stoffer…

Where are you from and how did you land in architecture?
I was born and raised in Hopkinsville, Kentucky and moved to Lexington for college. I got into architecture after my first year of college. I started as a biology/psychology double major, but learned quickly that I was more interested in art and architecture.  I thought it was enticing that architecture had tangible results at the end of a project, and that I could eventually leave my mark on the world through future buildings. I actually ended up keeping the psychology major too and am really glad that I did! It comes in handy when working with people and analyzing situations.

Where did you go to school / college?
I went to college at the University of Kentucky College of Design, and I even had a few classes and studied abroad in Europe with the *legendary* Justin White. GO CATS!

Describe in a few sentences your role at I/A.
I am currently an Architectural Designer at i/A, so I tend to wear a lot of hats around the office as I work toward licensure. I help some of our project managers with production throughout the design process, but also work on some construction administration and various projects still in the marketing phase. It’s been interesting so far seeing so many projects come across my desk at different phases.

What is your favorite part of the profession thus far?
I really enjoy being on site and seeing projects under construction. One of the things that drove me to this profession was the possibility of seeing my work come to fruition in such a big way. It’s also so rewarding to see the concepts from pen and paper go into actual construction. Site visits are my favorite!

What three things do most people not know about you?
I have three much older brothers, I skipped a grade in elementary school, and I told my husband that I loved him the first time I met him.

(Editor’s Note:  :*)

What are you most proud of?
I am very proud of my education and my path through college that led me to architecture and earning the only Master’s degree among my siblings. Also, as I do not have any children yet, I am always proud of my dog…she is the very best girl.

What trends in the architectural industry is currently sparking your interest?
I have gotten the opportunity to work on a few projects at i/A that were field measured in Laser/BIM software. I think that is extremely interesting, as it is moving historic preservation and as-built accuracy forward into the future. The margin of error is almost nothing, and the amount of detail that can be captured is amazing.

VR goggles and 3D renderings are awesome. We are living in the future.

Do you have a skill or talent that most people don’t know about?
I am very good at tennis! I don’t play as much as I used to, but it’s something I would love to get back into.

If you could visit any building or monument which one would it be?
Honestly any building in NYC. I have been meaning to take a trip there for so long. I love that there is so much historic architecture, iconic views, and modern art and architecture all in one place. I could see the Statue of Liberty, the Flatiron Building, and the Guggenheim in one trip… that would be amazing.

Do you have any nicknames? What’s your favorite?
I don’t really have any specific nicknames, but my initials (used to be) EEE. People thought it was interesting to call me E cubed (ahem, Joe.) People call me E sometimes around the office to help with the Aaron/Erin confusion.

If you could instantly solve any problem in the world what problem would that be?
I would like to solve the water crisis- here and everywhere. It is so easy to take clean/running water for granted, but it is something that is in such a shortage in many parts of the world.

Do you have anything interesting on your desk and is there a back story?
Currently, I have a ton of canned goods and support material on my desk. I am working on the Canstruction project that is at the Lexington Convention Center after November 12 (shameless plug here.)

What is your favorite movie/show and why?
My favorite movie is Twister – it has action, suspense, romance, heartbreak…what’s not to love? My favorite show is probably Gilmore Girls because I’ve seen it 4-5 times through and it is easy and relatable.

(Editor’s Note: You have earned some serious brownie points here.)

What are some of your non-architectural hobbies?
I box almost every day at a gym in town and have really started looking forward to it as a stress reliever and fitness routine. I also enjoy cooking for my friends as a hobby because I love to entertain and tend to have a big group over all the time. I am also SCUBA certified, but am waiting on my lottery ticket to fund more trips.

If you could choose anyone, who would you want as a mentor?
I always loved Zaha Hadid. She was an amazing architect, designer and woman. If she was still alive, I would choose her.