Vice President and Principal
Eric Zabilka loves problem-solving; that’s why he thrives on technically complex projects that present him with interesting design challenges. Like the New Science Building at Eastern Kentucky University, where Eric was charged with bringing together multiple departments that were previously scattered across the campus. The combination of program elements - labs, classrooms, common areas, and outdoor learning environments - gave Eric the opportunity to get his hands dirty with the technical complexity of the building, and utilize his inclusive design process to achieve the needs and vision of a wide array of user groups.
Eric has presented to national groups such as the Society for College and University Planning and has received multiple design awards for his work. A resident of Wilmore, Kentucky, Eric serves on the Wilmore Development Board and the Planning Commission and on the Board of Directors at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill.
Not surprising given his natural curiosity and attention to the smallest detail, Eric's personal interests include a significant interest in the history of technology. This curiosity lands particularly hard on trains and railroads across the nation and it is on this subject that his interest goes beyond "enthusiast' and teeters on "obsessive". His passion for documenting the history of our nation's railroads has taken Eric (and his patient wife, Kelly) on treks across America to visit historic railroad sites, and he is in the process of authoring a book on the history of the Richmond, Nicholasville, Irvine & Beattyville Railroad - also known as the RNIB (Riney-bee). If you have a few hours to spare, ask him about it sometime.