Ernest Joyner | AIA, LEED AP


With over seventeen years of experience in design and project management, Ernest has proven his leadership ability on many project types, including sports, recreation, human performance, wellness, office, retail, and mixed use projects. Ernest has the ability to quickly analyze issues and establish a vision and an implementable workplan to arrive at award-winning solutions. His notable projects include Crisler Arena at the University of Michigan, Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the OKC Thunder, Parker Fieldhouse, The Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, and the Inner Mongolia Arena in Houhut, China.

Ernest is a recognized expert in sports and recreation design and has presented at seminars nationwide (Athletic Business, NRPA, CPRA) and has been a guest critic at the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Portland State University, and the Art Institute.

As a citizen-architect, Ernest has volunteered with many organizations and has extensive board-of directors level experience, including AIA Colorado (President), Architectural Education Foundation (President), Beacon Manor Affordable Housing (President), Reach Community Development, and HAND Neighborhood Association.

Ernest holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Washington and Lee University and graduated cum laude with a Master of Architecture from Clemson University. He also completed the graduate program at the Daniels Center for Architectural Studies in Genoa, Italy.

Representative Projects

University of Michigan – Player Development Center

University of Michigan – Crisler Arena Renovation and Expansion

University of Michigan – Athletic Masterplan

Notre Dame – Athletic Masterplan

University of Richmond – Robins Center Renovation


The Inner Mongolia Arena and Olympic Training Center | Huhhot, China

Chesapeake Energy Arena | Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

US Olympic Training Center Improvements Projects | Colorado Springs, Colorado

Parker Fieldhouse | Parker, Colorado

Fort Lupton Recreation Center | Fort Lupton, Colorado