Eric Ibsen

Forge, San Francisco

Eric is a licensed architect and principal at FME Architecture + Design with over 20 years of experience in the Bay Area. His work covers a broad range of project types including commercial interiors, adaptive reuse and retrofit, new construction and custom single-family residential. His particular strengths include project visioning, strategic planning and direction, mentorship, and design leadership. At FME, he leads the Design Team with emphasis on the internal design review process, development of alternative workplace strategies, and integration of design with the firm’s marketing efforts. Prior to FME, he ran his own architectural practice for 14 years. His notable clients and projects include Charles Schwab, PIXAR Animation, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, and restoration of the historic I. Magnin Building in Oakland.

Outside the office, he remains active in the design community, having served as both a Public Art Commissioner and Planning Board member for the City of Alameda. He is a regular at CoreNet and SPUR events and is actively involved with furthering design and culture in the office.

Eric holds a B.S. from Miami University, an M. Arch from The Ohio State University and has done post-graduate work in residential design at Harvard GSD. Between undergraduate and graduate school, he spent 8 years in the advertising industry, serving on both the agency and client side. His last position was National Director of Advertising for Wendy’s.

He actively serves on the Board of Directors for Bull Terrier Rescue Inc., is a registered instructor in Shotokan Karate for SKI-USF, holding a third-degree black-belt, and spends time commiserating with fellow BMW 2002 owners in an attempt to keep very old cars running. Other interests include all manner of reckless pursuits, especially those requiring a liability release. He has been known to sail a boat badly in The San Francisco Bay, ride a motorcycle across the country for fun, and own way too many bicycles, none of which get enough use.

Global Reach, Personal Touch