Ernest Burden began his career as an architect, with a strong desire for the preservation and restoration of our built and natural environment. His training in architecture began at Rhode Island School of Design, and later with pioneering architect Bruce Goff. While at O.U., he was a finalist for the Prix de Rome in Architecture, and received the Senior Faculty Design Award. He has a Masters of Architecture and Architectural Preservation degree. He was licensed as an architect in California and New York, before abandoning it for a career as an author.

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