Brad Erwin



With vast experience encompassing all aspects of project development, Brad Erwin, AIA, LEED-AP, has built a reputation for his innovative approach. With an ability to facilitate consensus on highly technical and specialized projects, Erwin founded Paragon in 2010. From the beginning, the firm has consistently delivered a high-quality product that meets not only the needs of the client but also the needs of the users and the community. It is the desire to improve communities through design that drives Erwin, as evidenced by his specialized knowledge in the sustainable architectural design of civic, public safety, education and laboratory facilities.

Erwin has been recognized for his work with tornado safe room design, which is technically based and functionally complex and combines challenging and involved programmatic relationships. Currently, Erwin assists communities in securing grants, and to date, he has helped secure funding for more than 40 safe rooms. Erwin was named by ENR Midwest as one of their Class of 2014’s Top 20 Under 40, in part for this area of specialization. Having received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from the University of Illinois, Erwin has spent his career perfecting the ability to assimilate data and disseminate information to transform concepts into real-life solutions. It is that approach that has been instrumental in making him a leader in the industry and has helped build Paragon’s innovative and sustainable foundation.


Master of Architecture – University of Illinois

Bachelor of Science – Architectural Studies – University of Illinois


Registered Architect – Missouri, Illinois, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Arizona LEED AP


Crowder College – Neosho, Missouri
City of Willard – Willard, Missouri
Springfield R-XII – Springfield, Missouri
Fair Grove R-X – Fair Grove, Missouri
East Newton Co R-VI – Granby, Missouri
Cassville R- IV – Cassville, Missouri

(60+ projects)


American Institute of Architects (AIA)

U.S. Green Building Council – Missouri Heartland Chapter

The Network

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Healthcare Building

Mercy Hospital Renovation & Relocation - Multiple Locations
Jordan Valley Community Health Center- Lebanon Clinic Infill
Jordan Valley Community Health Center- Hollister Clinic Infill

Parks & Recreation

Ballparks of America

Public Safety

Joplin Fire Station


Webwood Assisted Living Center

Tornado Safe Rooms

Fair Grove R-X School District FEMA Safe Room
East Newton R-VI School District FEMA Safe Room
Joplin Schools- Tornado Safe Room Applications