Chris is an architect, computational designer and educator based in Berlin, Germany. He was trained as an architect at several Universities in Germany. He graduated from KIT (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) with honors and as best of his class.
He is Partner at the Laboratory for Visionary Architecture – LAVA in Berlin, an international practice for architecture and urban design with offices in Berlin, Sydney, Stuttgart and Ho Chi Minh City with a total of about 100 staff.
Amongst his more recent projects are the German Pavilion for the EXPO 2020 in Dubai, UAE, that has been awarded multiple awards (Best Pavilion, Peoples Choice Award, Best Architecture), the German Pavilion for the EXPO 2025 in Osaka – a fully circular and low carbon structure, a mixed- use High-Rise development in Hangzhou, China with two 280m tall towers, a circular and low-carbon commercial park in Lingen, Germany that merges contemporary workplaces with high quality recreational spaces.
In parallel to his professional work Chris currently holds teaching positions at KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Karlsruhe, CIEE Global University, Berlin and the University of Applied Sciences, Kaiserslautern.
He lectures widely in Germany, Europe, China and Middle East, his work with LAVA has been internationally published and exhibited (above all Biennale Venice, Biennale Landscape Architecture Barcelona) and received national and international awards (above all European Prize for Architecture, Chicago Atheneum).Chris takes a leading role in both the design and delivery of challenging design projects. His diverse range of experience in varying climates has led to an extensive accumulated knowledge of effective sustainability and performance driven strategies. His design approach seeks to blend contextual concerns with innovative formal and material solutions.He often employs sophisticated generative modelling and scripting techniques to develop adaptive and fully parametric models which integrate the various requirements by user, functionality and context. The resulting design models provide multi-performative architectural solutions which handle the complexity of multi-factorial demands and diverse environments of the present and often reach out into the future as an enabler/catalyst.Chris also uses advanced tools to link complexity of form with the evolving design documentation and manufacturing processes to enable a seamless exchange of information between the design team and fabricators.