Gresham Smith’s Erik Higgins Elected to AIA Jacksonville Board of Directors
Gresham Smith is proud to announce that Erik Higgins, AIA, LEED Green Associate, a senior architect in the firm’s Jacksonville Healthcare studio, has been elected to the American Institute of Architect’s Jacksonville chapter Board of Directors. He is the chapter’s current treasurer and will next serve as president-elect in 2019 before serving as chapter president in 2020. In his role, Higgins will help promote the architecture profession and advocate for a healthy, sustainable built environment.
“The AIA community exists to support architects in creating better places for people to live, work and play. By building strong networks, sharing knowledge and advocating for our profession, I believe we can continue pushing each other to build better spaces in the places we call home,” commented Higgins. “I’m honored to serve as president for the AIA Jacksonville chapter and look forward to continuing to help advance our industry.”
As a senior architect in the firm’s Jacksonville Healthcare studio, Higgins performs work on healthcare projects that enhance the quality of care and operational efficiencies while also elevating the patient experience. During his 12 years at the firm, he has worked with a variety of clients including UF Health, Baptist Health and 121 Financial Credit Union. He was instrumental in the success of the UF Health North 92-bed inpatient tower, a project that was honored by the IIDA North Florida chapter, and the new 121 Financial Credit Union Headquarters. He has also served as a firmwide technology champion, streamlining Gresham Smith’s process for detailing in building information modeling (BIM) software.
Higgins embodies Gresham Smith’s commitment to the community and is actively involved with multiple organizations. In addition to his involvement with AIA Jacksonville, Higgins serves on the Board of Directors for Downtown Vision, Inc., using his architecture experience to help improve Jacksonville’s urban core. He was recently named to the Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2018 “Top 40 Under 40” list, an annual program that honors top young leaders who excel in their industry and give back to the community.