Chris is a New York native who previously spent 7 years in the Big Apple living and working in architecturally-driven positions before returning to graduate studies. Following his undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with a focus on design and interiors, he was attracted to sustainable projects of an infrastructure and community based nature. Particularly in aspects that fostered community growth, environmental stewardship, and responsible building practices within the built environment. Chris is pursuing an MArch I degree from the GSD with a focus on design strategies in under-served coastal communities after his short but rewarding tenure at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Housing, Recovery and Operations, following the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy. He holds credentials with LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and Envision Sustainable Infrastructure accreditation groups, and is six tests shy of becoming a licensed architect. In his free time, he especially enjoys camping under the stars and hiking the tallest peaks in the continental U.S.