by Jessica Muncrief
Photographs by Bill Faulkner
dward McCormick knew early on in life what his future held. “In school, I had a strong interest in drawing, painting, and all the arts, and I knew at age nine that I wanted to be an architect,” he recounts. Never wavering from his course, McCormick opened his own architectural firm in El Paso in 1982. Today, McCormick is putting the final touches on his personal residence, a project he says is a union of the more than 300 homes and 2,000 commercial buildings he has designed over the past 37 years. “I feel my designs relate to the climate and culture of the area and the personalities of the clients themselves,” McCormick says. “In my case, we have a desert climate, and the culture has a strong Hispanic influence. I enjoy color, and the clean, modern lines reflect my personality.” McCormick Architecture embraces the design philosophy embodied in the 1976 book Architect as Builder: “We must learn to understand humanity better so that we can create an environment that is more beneficial to people, more rewarding, more pleasant to experience.” With this mindset, the firm has successfully brought a touch of modernism
El Paso architect Ed McCormick (above) designed his personal home to be, as he says, “of the mountain, not on the mountain.” Colors throughout the interior and exterior embrace a specific palette, one that reflects the purples and deep reds of the surrounding desert.
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