Merritt Ertel

Art Director

Merritt majored in architecture at Ball State University’s College of Architecture and Planning and received her master’s degree from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. She believes that her many opportunities to travel and study abroad, including touring, backpacking and bicycling throughout Europe, impacted her understanding of design and has been instrumental in how she approaches every project seeking design solutions.

Her first project after joining Section 127 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.”

A few things you may not know about Merritt:

  • Merritt spontaneously speaks with an accent because – as she says – it’s just too much fun.
  • She believes one can’t have too many items in turquoise and she claims it as her ‘lifecolor.’
  • Merritt cheers for the Green Bay Packers and Michigan Wolverines.
  • She and Kevin Gormal are the creative minds behind the Section 127 studio space.