Wood County native building a name for himself at EOA Architects

Photo by Ashley Segroves Parkersburg native Eric McGinnis outside the offices of EOA Architects in Nashville.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Wood County native Eric McGinnis has been elevated to an associate within EOA Architects, an architectural, interior design and urban planning firm in Nashville founded in 1991.

The company is known for its innovative approach to the architectural practice it calls humanizing design, EOA Architects said.

EOA’s founding principal Gary Everton said McGinnis “shares our firm’s passion for outstanding architectural design.” McGinnis has qualities that allow him to excel as a designer, represent the owner’s best interest with exceptional client service, as well as exemplify EOA in the Nashville community, Everton said. His “vibrancy, commitment, and work ethic will ensure our firm’s continued placement as one of the top design firms in Tennessee and the region.”

McGinnis, a 2005 graduate of Parkersburg South High School, made his way from Parkersburg to the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design in 2005 where he fell in love with the design process.

In 2009, he studied abroad in Krakow, Poland, which allowed him to travel extensively throughout Europe–something he underestimated the importance of at the time, the company said. McGinnis graduated in 2010 after receiving the coveted Tau Sigma Delta Bronze Medal for his Thesis Project.

In 2011, McGinnis joined EOA Architects, initially working on Belmont’s Dickens and Horrell Halls and Providence United Methodist Church in Mt. Juliet. Since that time, he has taken on several multi-family and mixed-use projects, including Village 21 Mixed-Use, 1710 Apartments, Rivertower Condominiums, and Bento Nashville, a hotel/apartment mixed-use project with Brooklyn-based developer and designer Bento Box, LLC.

He has also had the opportunity to lead the accreditation process for several LEED projects, including Sevier Park Community Center and Cane Ridge Elementary School.

A proponent of professional outreach, McGinnis utilizes EOA’s passion for developing leaders through community involvement, including acting as co-chair for the AIA Middle Tennessee Committee on the Environment, being active in ULI’s Young Leaders program, supporting The University of Tennessee’s Urban Design Studio at the Nashville Civic Design Center, and participating in Big Brother Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee, the company said.

This engagement led to McGinnis being accepted into the Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2019, where he hopes to build on the leadership skills that EOA has provided him over the past eight years.

Eric and his wife, Sydney, were married in December 2018, and currently reside in Brentwood, Tenn. He is the son of Debbie Singer of Parkersburg and Jim McGinnis of Parkersburg.

EOA Architects is located at 515 Main St. in Nashville. The firm said it is focused on creating cost effective, sustainable design projects using a collaborative process; current projects include urban infill development, civic/public projects, churches, educational and governmental institutions, as well as hospitality, mixed-use and office developments. Specialty areas include alternative and modular multi-family housing, college and university projects and historic preservation.

EOA’s projects have been recognized for excellence by the AIA, the Associated Builders and Contractors, and the Urban Land Institute.

The firm’s most current projects include Nashville’s first modular multi-family construction project, Alloy at Tech Hill, the Village 21 Mixed-use Development in Hillsboro Village, a new 800-student elementary school in Antioch, the new Tennessee State Museum, which opened in October 2018 and the upcoming renovation and additions to Christ Church Cathedral in Nashville. In addition to multiple Earthcraft Certified projects, EOA has completed multiple LEED-certified projects, including The Pinnacle at Symphony Place, the Vanderbilt University Warren and Moore College Halls and the Kissam Center, Cane Ridge and Eagle View Elementary Schools, Mid-City Gardens Activity Center, MTA Myatt Offices, and the Sevier Park Community Center.