Talking Shop: Architect Eric Allyn
How would you describe yourself as an architectural designer?
Incredibly adaptable and versatile and always ready to challenge my client’s boundaries!
What got you started in the business?
I have always studied buildings for as long as I can remember and my dad came home with my first drafting board when I was 8. I have been designing ever since.
What is your most defining work ethos?
To not to stay within traditional expectations and to create inspiring designs! Some of my most defining portfolio pieces, that represent my design vision, were originally deemed controversial and are now being applauded!
HE SAID, “Good design does not know style. I find myself immersed in creating authentic, non contrived architecture.”
What influenced you the most in your career?
Grass roots education with an incredible mentor Jack Silverio, who I worked with for 7 years. When I was 25 I designed and built a cottage on his property by hand and lived there for 2 years.
You have a very successful practice in Maine, why open up shop in Sarasota?
I wanted to be in a place of abundant opportunity and the birthplace of east coast, mid century modern, where I could be inspired to develop a “New Florida Modern”. My practice in Maine still remains.
What excites you most about being here?
I feel a tidal wave of energy here and my vision is to contribute to a new Florida modern, moving Sarasota design and architecture into the next century.
Name a few projects you are working on in Sarasota right now
A new downtown Sarasota high-rise called The Collection at 1335, a visionary 14500 square foot post tension modern concrete beach house, with curved linear architecture on Longboat Key with Murray Homes, and a highly confidential, large scale development opportunity for the Sarasota region.