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Merrit Lewis (Ertel) is an Art Director at Section 127 with a focus on Experiential Graphic Design.
Merrit Lewis majored in architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning and received her master’s degree in architecture from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. She worked as a teaching assistant at UW in a graduate design studio taught by Gehl Architects, based out of Copenhagen, Denmark, that focuses on designing the built environment to better connect with the people and enhance the quality of life. Through this teaching, her design mindset developed a stronger connection of user experience in space and architecture. This approach to design led her to the field of Experiential Graphic Design where she is able to apply her architectural design background to projects that are under construction or still in development and serve as the client’s advocate for creating spaces that will cultivate the culture and character intended by the organization.
After joining the Section 127 team in August of 2015, Merrit Lewis' first project was the significant and high-profile renovation of Indiana University’s Assembly Hall, where she was able to help design and brand the space in “a classic style, adding innovation and updated materials.”
Other projects of note while at Section 127 include the St. Vincent Center | Pacers Training Facility, University of Notre Dame athletic facilities, Temple University athletic facilities, IUPUI Natatorium and the build-out of the Section 127 office space.