Eric Ernstberger co-founded Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC in 1983. His contributions at all levels of project development have helped build REA’s reputation as a leading site design firm in the United States. Eric’s conceptual designs have translated to award-winning built works over the course of three decades.
Early commissions include urban waterfront designs along the Ohio, Wabash and White Rivers in Indiana and master plans in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Eric was principal designer of Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, Indiana – winner of ASLA’s Centennial Medallion. He was also principal-in-charge of design for the White River Gardens, Indianapolis – winner of a national ASLA design award. Eric was principal designer of Frog Baby Fountain, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, winner of The Tucker Award, a national award for excellence in masonry design.
As a gallery-represented visual artist, Eric is particularly interested in connecting community with public art and has pioneered the incorporation of artworks into various REA projects. As principal-in-charge of design for ULI award-winning Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan, Eric was responsible for many unique features, including the Woodward and Monroe Avenue cast glass and stainless steel monuments. Additionally, Eric has designed several pieces for REA projects including: “Greeting Party,” a kinetic stainless sculpture in South Bend, Indiana; “Outcrop,” a masonry fountain at the heart of the Civic Gardens in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; “Lifestarts,” a kinetic stainless sculpture in Fort Wayne, Indiana; numerous bronze figurines at the White RiverGardens in Indianapolis; and Frog Baby Fountain at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana.