Architecture firm with Fort Worth office names new leadership, changes name

ERA Design and Architecture has changed its name to EFG Design and Architecture Inc.

Cray Bauxmont-Flynn is the new Principal and Chief Operating Officer for Tulsa. The 34-year-old industry veteran brings a global perspective to EFG after working on award-winning architectural projects on three continents.

“It’s like coming full circle for me,” Flynn said of moving to Tulsa. The 56-year-old architect grew up listening to stories about his tribal ancestors in Cherokee and Delaware.

Working with EFG Director Donna Edmondson, Cray plans to develop EFG into a regional architecture and design firm focused on Native American projects across the continent. Tulsa has already opened an office in Fort Worth and another is under development in Las Vegas. Edmondson will use her extensive Native American contacts to focus on business development.

EFG has launched a new logo and website: The Tulsa office in the Bank of America Center will also be expanded. The renovation project should be completed in the fall.

EFG’s history dates back to 1956 when Larry Edmondson and Associates opened. This noted architect drew attention to two renowned Smithsonian designs, the National Museum of the American Indian Cultural Resources Center and the National Museum of the American Indian. Larry played an active role on the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards.

In 2010, the company partnered with Las Vegas-based YWS America to further expand its reach in the Native American sector. Flynn joined YWS that same year as the company’s global design director. With Edmondson’s death in 2017, Donna Larry reorganized Edmondson and Associates into ERA Design and Architecture. They then recruited Flynn to take his lead.

Flynn intends to use EFG as a platform to strengthen Indian tribes and economies.

“I want to help our people build businesses and create jobs through successful projects,” said Flynn. “I want to bring stories to life in a way that takes the visitor on an emotional journey through space. My designs achieve that. They embody passion and integrity while maintaining functionality and simplicity. This holistic approach, in which no detail is overlooked, gives projects both meaning and beauty. “

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