Mr. Ernstberger is a co-founder of Rundell Ernstberger Associates, LLC and has been principal-in-charge of design since that time. His contributions at all levels of project involvement have helped build REA’s reputation into a leading site design firm in the United States. Mr. Ernstberger’s extensive experience producing original conceptual designs and their corresponding detail development has resulted in award winning built works at REA for three decades.
Early commissions include urban waterfront designs along the Ohio, Wabash and White Rivers in Indiana and large scale planning master plans in Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. Mr. Ernstberger was principle designer of Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie, Indiana, a community museum and gathering place and winner of ASLA’s Centennial Medallion. He was also principal-in-charge of design for the White River Gardens, Indianapolis, a sister institution to the Indianapolis Zoo and winner of a national ASLA design award. Mr. Ernstberger 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. He has also been designer of many site projects at Ball State University; Purdue University; University of Evansville, Indiana; and the Louisville Presbyterian Seminary.
Mr. Ernstberger possesses extensive experience leading community charettes/forums and project design workshops. During his career he has been selected to participate on AIA R/UDAT (Regional Urban Design Assistance Teams) in numerous American cities including: San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Olympia, Washington; Pismo Beach, California; Lancaster, Texas; Springfield, Illinois, and Niagara Falls, New York, the first international R/UDAT held.
Mr. Ernstberger has been a pioneer in the promotion and incorporation of artworks into the built environment through the firm’s work, encouraging collaboration and community participation. Artworks designed by Mr. Ernstberger include “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 theWhite River Gardens in Indianapolis; and Frog Baby Fountain at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana. As principal-in-charge of design for Campus Martius Park in Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Ernstberger was responsible for many of its unique features, including the Woodward and Monroe Avenue cast glass and stainless steel monuments. The park was awarded ULI’s inaugural Amanda Burden Urban Open Space Award in 2010.
Mr. Ernstberger has been a lecturer at Purdue University and Ball State University where he has served on the faculty. Currently, Mr. Ernstberger is principal-in-charge ofPurdue University’s Discovery Park Phase VI; the Indiana Purdue Fort Wayne Community Park in Fort Wayne, Indiana; the Robert C. Beutter Riverfront Park in Mishawaka, Indiana; and the Jeffersonville Canal District, a nine city block urban waterway and linear public green space.