Ethelind Coblin, AIA

Founding Principal | Architect

Ethelind Coblin is a co-founder of ECA, teaming up with Jennifer Judge in 1989 to establish the firm. Ethelind oversees and guides all designs throughout the office with Eric Cohen, Liz Romano, and Lou Lipson. In addition to the design work, she’s heavily involved in guiding the office’s consulting work. Over the past three decades, Ethelind has worked as an advocate and expert for Cooperative and Condominium Boards. She remains committed to ensuring her extensive knowledge is passed onto the leadership and staff of ECA.

Ms. Coblin is a licensed architect in New York and Connecticut and is a member of the American Institute of Architects, where she has served as president of AIA New York State. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Kentucky. After coming to New York in 1977, she worked for Robert A.M. Stern Architects, Johnson Burgee Architects, and Fox & Fowle Architects, P.C., before opening her own office.

Ethelind is widely recognized for her balanced approach to residential design. Her clients include Coops and Condos located in Manhattan and the surrounding boroughs with projects such as facades, entrances, lobbies, hallway renovations, and fitness centers. Her residences include large-scale works such as duplex apartment combinations, gut renovations, second homes in the country, and smaller projects such as bathroom and kitchen renovations. She combines a love for pure line, elegance, and innovation with an understanding of underlying structural and systems requirements. She is an artist, leader, and team player who thoroughly enjoys listening, interpreting, and creating the most elegant, timeless spaces. Ms. Coblin is rigorous and committed to her clients, drawing them into the design and construction process.