Chris believes in the potential for thoughtful design to transform our environments into more sustainable and responsive places to live, work and play. As an architect, planner and designer on a wide range of projects he has gained an understanding of the full range of the design and construction process, from the consensus-building needed for regional comprehensive planning efforts to the on-site adjustments required during the construction administration of built projects. His analytical abilities and understanding of the LEED and other rating systems allow him to ensure that projects are meeting sustainable design benchmarks. Chris frequently develops analytical models to better understand complex systems and how they interact with the built environment.
A sustainable approach has been a part of Chris’ understanding of design from his earliest studio courses at the University of Colorado, where it was at the very heart of the curriculum. He was among the earliest LEED Accredited Professionals, attaining the credential in 2002. Since then he has added the Building Design and Construction and LEED for Homes specialties. While working as a project architect, he has typically been responsible for the LEED planning and documentation on projects that sought LEED certification.
Prior to joining evolveEA, Chris was the project architect and LEED manager for a number of projects, including the renovation of North Hall at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Through a number of strategies, including improvements to the thermal envelope, geothermal heating and cooling, and a rooftop solar array, the project achieved LEED Gold and is the second oldest project to reach this level. He was also the project lead to develop the program of requirements and LEED implementation strategies for two EPA regional headquarters buildings. At a larger scale, Chris was the project manager for multi-county greenway and natural resource planning efforts. These projects included the mapping and analysis of a number of natural resources determining the best way to access or protect them within a regional context.
Outside of work Chris enjoys wilderness trail running and yoga; he is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT with the Mt. Lebanon Fire Department. Chris received a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a licensed architect, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C and Homes) and a Certified Passive House Consultant (CPHC).