Born and raised in Winnipeg, Chris grew up with an appreciative and discerning eye for the subtleties of flat land and small details. He graduated from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in 1988, worked for ten years with Ferguson Ferguson Architects on a wide range of projects, and spent four years working on type, book, exhibition, and identity design with Bruce Mau Design before concentrating his focus on PLANT. In addition to the firm’s architectural practice, Chris is responsible for developing the typographic and graphic design components of the firm’s architecture and landscape projects, including the type and integrated graphics for such award-winning projects as the national Canadian Firefighters Memorial in Ottawa, Pottery Road Bicycle and Pedestrian Crossing in Toronto, and the Dublin Grounds of Remembrance in Ohio. Since 2007 he has been partner-in-charge of the Nathan Phillips Square Revitalization at Toronto City Hall.
Chris has taught and lectured at the University of Waterloo, University of Toronto, University of Manitoba, Ryerson University, and at IIT in Chicago. Chris’ engagement in the arts has led him to serve on numerous panels and committees including the Illustrationism conference in Toronto, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, and Revell Helsinki Toronto symposium. In 2012, Chris received the Team Alumni Achievement Medal from the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo. He is a former Executive Board Member of the Toronto Society of Architects, and presently sits on the Toronto Public Art Commission.