biloba is a full-service architecture, interiors, and planning firm founded on the principle that great buildings and spaces can and should be economical. Licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina, the firm is led by the husband and wife team of Ian and Erin Patrick, who have a passion for great design. Erin is the “designer,” and Ian is the “thinker” making them a powerhouse team for delivering beautiful, high quality projects.
The firm specializes in solving unique problems a client may have when no one else can. We challenge the status quo by pushing the boundaries of conventional materials and construction techniques in order to bring enjoyable spaces to the people that inhabit them. Our use of emerging digital technologies including augmented and virtual realities allow us to show our clients the completed space long before a permit is issued.
"we will make great architecture.
at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but we will make great architecture."
Erin Patrick, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP, is the “design” in think | design. She manages the more creative aspects of projects including form, materials, and graphical representations. She is known for pushing the boundaries on materials and staying on the forefront of digital technologies including BIM, Virtual Reality, and Augmented Reality. Erin is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the United States Green Building Council. Erin has worked for nationally recognized healthcare and commercial Architecture firms including Progressive AE and Freeman White. She earned her Master of Architecture degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Bachelor of Interior Design from Samford University, where she was a Division I pitcher for Women’s Softball.
Prior to starting biloba, Ian Patrick, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, worked for some of the most prestigious firms in the southeast, including Gantt Huberman Architects and LS3P. Ian manages the more technical aspects of projects, including budgets, deliverables, and schedules. Ian is the “think” in think | design. Ian is a member of the American Institute of Architects, United States Green Building Council, Construction Professionals Network, and the Commercial Real Estate Developers Association (NAIOP). He has served on the AIA’s Legislative Review Committee, was past Co-Chair of the USGBC Charlotte Board of Directors, and Chair of the USGBC’s Membership and Outreach Committee. Ian spends a considerable amount of time volunteering in the local community. Most recently, he was deployed as a volunteer for the NC SEER program in the wake of Hurricane Florence. He has also volunteered for CPNI attending two-day town workshops for struggling, rural towns. Ian currently serves on the board of directors for CPN NC.
biloba is named after the ginkgo biloba tree, thought to be extinct until it was found growing in ancient monasteries. The bi-lobed leaf of the ginkgo represent the husband and wife team who founded biloba.
Architecture is an ancient practice among humans and we strive to discover new ways of thinking about architecture and how it impacts individuals and groups.
The goal is to find the spark in every project that enhances people's lives.