Eric Laine

Eric Laine

New York, NY, US



With the final year of his graduate studies coming to a close, Eric is preparing to complete his academic career with a Master of Architecture from Clemson University.  He previously studied at Ball State University, earning a Bachelors of Science in the discipline of Architecture.  He has worked as a Student Fellow in the Institute for Digital Fabrication and as a Graduate Assistant for various faculty and staff.  He has participated in the academic process by teaching a seminar on digital visualization as well as appearing as a critic in several juries.  He has worked professionally as an intern architect in WWCOT / DLR Group’s Shanghai office as well as a freelance graphic designer.  His work has been recognized in numerous competitions, most recently winning first place in international Design to Zero competition..  Eric has traveled independently and as a student to nearly 40 countries ranging from Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.  His portfolio is available online at



w/purpose, Indianapolis, Intern Architect

At w/purpose my responsibilities included: drafting, schematic design, graphic design, master planning, 3D visualizations, client relations, and the creation of several project proposals. I have worked on projects ranging from educational master plans to small scale interior design projects.

Aug 2012 - current

DLR Group/WWCOT, Shanghai, CN, Intern Architect

While at DLR Group / WWCOT Shanghai, I was placed on a team led by project manager Forest Lynn. We were selected to participate in a competition to develop a new corporate district in Ningbo, a city three hours south of Shanghai. I was specifically asked to design the aluminum screen that would define the HQ of a major Chinese oil company. The primary challenges were developing a system for fabrication, and a parametrically controlled perforated pattern. Utilizing my familiarity with Grasshopper, I was quickly able to research and develop a definition that yielded the desired effect.

May 2011 - Aug 2011


Clemson University, Clemson, SC, US, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2010 - May 2012

Ball State University, Muncie, IN, US, Bachelors, Architecture

Aug 2006 - May 2010


Design to Zero International Competition, 1st Place

LiveWork was awarded 1st Place at the 2012 International Builder's Show in Orlando. Click the link above to visit the project website and watch a 10 minute guided tour of the project.


AIAS / Kawneer National Competition, 1st Place

The New Order project was also entered in the annual AIAS / Kawneer National Competition which accepts applicants from architecture students across the US. My project was awarded First Place at the annual AIAS conference in Washington, DC.


Gresham Smith Competition - Award of Excellence, Award

Awarded as one of the top projects for the second year studio at the College of Architecture and Planning. In collaboration with Greg Hittler


Cripe Competition, Honorable Mention

Awarded as one of the top projects for the third year studio at the College of Architecture and Planning.


ICMA - Best Presentation, Award

Awarded as one of the top projects for the second year studio at the College of Architecture and Planning.


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