Erickson McGovern Architects (EMA) specializes in designing efficient and flexible K-12 facilities tailored to the educational vision and budget goals of schools and communities throughout Washington State. Founded in 1972, EMA is an established architectural firm of 14 professionals and has completed hundreds of educational projects.

EMA Spotlight

  • Learning By Design has released their Spring edition, and we are pleased to share that both North Mason High School and the Pierce County Skills Center – Phase III projects received Outstanding Project awards! Read more about these projects on the Learning By Design website: North Mason High School Pierce County Skills Center – Phase...
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  • The Ford Middle School project, which completed in September 2016, was up against tight budgets that caused some embellishments to be cut from the scope – namely a Thunderbird sign and lettering above the cafeteria that declares the space “Home of the Thunderbirds.”  The Erickson McGovern project team didn’t feel like the space was complete...
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  • Our dynamic team in Tacoma, WA is looking for an experienced Project Architect, Architectural Drafter, and a Construction Administrator. Job descriptions can be found in the Careers section of the site (under Contact), as well as on our LinkedIn page. We look forward to meeting you!
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  • By Christina Henry of the Kitsap Sun Originally published Sept. 12, 2016 (View Original Article) SILVERDALE — Silver dolphins dance on the walls of the new entryway to Silverdale Elementary School. Green, blue and yellow circles suggest the sea through which the school mascots swim. Down the hall in the “Forest Pod,” giant tree rings on...
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  • Building 200 is one of eight separate buildings that comprise the Morris Ford Middle School campus. The primary gathering space – a multi-use student commons – can be easily configured to support a variety of activities including food service, performing arts, and District/community workshops. The expanded footprint of the building also houses the music department,...
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We are passionate about local schools and the role they serve in their communities. This passion is delivered through providing attractive architecture that is functional, efficient, effective and works to enhance the community and promote education.



  • Erickson McGovern is a firm that I have found to be reliable, honest, knowledgeable, communicative, and maintains a high level of integrity.

    Thomas Seigel
    Superintendent Bethel School District
  • In our Puget Sound Region, this firm has a reputation for integrity, excellent communication and high quality work. I trust the advice and direction that Erickson McGovern delivers and I have found them to be reliable and honest.

    Rich Stewart
    Former Superintendent, Chimacum School District
  • The service, the product, and the personnel of Erickson McGovern have always exceeded our expectations. Their innovative design knowledge has resulted in outstanding facilities throughout the District.

    Dr. Anthony L. Smith
    Superintendent, Riverview School District
  • Erickson McGovern’s schools and facilities are carefully thought out, giving special consideration to sustainability and long term use at multiple levels. They excel at this part of an overall project and pay meticulous attention to the needs of a given community.

    Janet Monroe
    Facilities Purchasing Manager, Franklin Pierce School District
  • The EMA team designs and constructs, without question, some of the best schools in the state at a cost per sq. ft. that no one can match for the dollar value. I can assure you I have had many community members personally walk up to me and thank us for the great job we have done on our schools. Our design teams have served our customers well.

    Jim Hansen
    Director of Construction and Planning (retired), Bethel School District
  • Thank you for your effort and approaches that you take during the construction phase of projects. They are extremely appreciated by us over here at BCE. I work with many different architects – you are one of the best out there and represent the interests of your clients very well. Thank you!

    Ben R. Hedin, PE
    Principal BCE Engineers, Inc.
  • Franklin Pierce Schools believes that Erickson McGovern is one of the most qualified architectural firms in the State specializing in educational school design. They share our vision for top quality schools that serve not only our students, but also the community as a whole. They maintain a fiscal sense of responsibility that has proven invaluable to us with each project we’ve attempted.

    Ted Kilcup
    Former Executive Director of Business and Operations, Franklin Pierce School District