About

ERA / Eric Rothfeder Architect is an architectural design studio located in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago. We specialize in residential and commercial interiors, renovations and new construction.

ERA is a Chicago-based architecture studio founded by Eric Rothfeder.

We believe that the design process begins with curiosity, and that this eagerness to learn is most productive when it is shared between architect and client. We like to ask questions, we like to solve problems, and we like to collaborate. Most of all, we want our work to express the knowledge and experience of the people that use, design and construct our surroundings.

ERA works on a range of projects and scales from furniture, to interior renovation, to new building construction. The work is unified by a collaborative design process between architect and client, and a focus on the material, detail and assembly of the built work.

Prior to founding his own studio, Eric spent over a decade at the offices of Diller Scofidio + Renfro, KieranTimberlake, and LevenBetts, where he designed and managed a wide range of award-winning residential, commercial and cultural projects. At ERA, Eric brings this experience together with the attention and client-focus possible in a small studio setting. He combines expertise with experimentation, practical knowledge with personalization, and an ability to find creative opportunities within design challenges.

Eric Rothfeder, AIA, LEED, received a B.A. with Distinction from Yale University and an M.Arch from Princeton University. He has taught architecture at several universities, most recently as a full-time Visiting Artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His research and design projects have been exhibited at the BSA Space in Boston, the Storefront for Art and Architecture, and the Fondazione Sandretto in Italy; and published in Domus, Bidoun, La Vanguardia (Barcelona), Competitions Magazine and the Architect's Newspaper. He is a registered architect in Illinois, New York and Massachusetts, a LEED Accredited Professional, and a Chicago Registered Energy Professional. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a board member of AIA Chicago’s Custom Residential Architecture Network.