With 20 years of experience evenly split between Furniture and Architectural pursuits, Chris finds joy in the challenge and reward of making things. He brings a passion for both disciplines, refined by continually getting designs of various scales quickly and efficiently out of the computer and into the world using simple tools.
The work Chris has designed and built using his own two hands has been widely exhibited and published in Dwell Magazine, Residential Architect, Design Bureau, American Craft, Midwest Living, Etsy, Chicago Magazine, The Los Angeles Times and the book World Changing. In 2013 he gave a lecture as part of the series American Furniture Now at the Museum of Art and Design in New York where he represented the small company, the one-man band capable of both design and production. As a furniture designer at Holly Hunt his expertise in bending plywood was key in creating the Volta Lounge Chair, one of the bestselling lounge chairs the company produces. Chris has a flair for parlaying furniture clients into architectural clients and vice versa. He has designed furniture for von Weise Associates and almost every architecture project he has been involved in.
With years of professional practice as an Architect, along with technical skill from designing and producing his own line of furniture, Chris rejoined von Weise Associates in 2021. He has experience with residential, commercial, industrial, culinary, educational, historical rehabilitation, landmark, LEED, and non-profit projects.
Southern California Institute of Architecture
Master of Architecture, 2006
Berlage Center for Advanced Studies in Architecture and Urban Design Research, 2004
Seattle Pacific University
Bachelor of Visual Art/Business Administration, 2001
von Weise Associates
Project Manager October 2021 – present
Project Architect 2006 - 2010
Furniture Designer, Mockup Shop Manager 2017 – 2021
Founder, Architect and Furniture Designer 2010 – 2017
Michael Lee Architects
Manhattan Beach, CA
Project Architect, Modeler 2003 - 2006
Draftsman, Modeler 2000 - 2002
Habitat for Humanity
American Conifer Society
Steam bending of solid wood, bending of plywood, steel tube bending, lathe turning, mold making, concrete casting, wholesaling, innovative use of cost-effective fabrication methods, careful management of client expectations, effective communication and negotiation with fabrication professionals.
Outside of the office, board sports, cooking, woodworking and a keen interest in conifers keep Chris smiling.