Erika Hinrichs’ original training was in ballet, classical music and fine art. Having grown up in Chicago, Green Bay, and Minneapolis, she moved to New York City in 1982 to attend Parsons School of Design. Focusing on the discipline of Architecture, she transferred to the Cooper Union to study under John Hejduk and earn her professional degree. She has practiced in architecture since 1990, working for seven years with Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, Architects where she was responsible for several highly acclaimed projects including the auditorium building for the Neuroscience’s Institute in La Jolla, California which received a national citation from the AIA. In 1997 she established her own professional firm, FBEH viaARCHITECTURE PLLC. She maintains an avid interest in materials- new, natural, and recycled, and in the detailing of form at all scales of invention. She has taught at Pratt Institute since 1999, serving as the Departmental Chair of Undergraduate Architecture since 2009. She stepped down from the role in 2021 after having improved the programs national ranking to #7 and added a RIBA accreditation. She is currently the Associate Professor of Design and Curricular Studies.
Bachelor of Architecture, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union
Candidate, Bachelor of Arts, Parsons School of Design, Department of Environmental Design
Minneapolis College of Art and Design