Christopher Garris

AIA, LEED AP
Principal, North Carolina

Chris designs distinguished buildings that are physically and emotionally accessible to everyone. In pursuit of solutions that encourage meaningful spatial experiences, he pushes boundaries, tests ideas, and emphasizes multiple perspectives. He attributes the ‘magic’ of architecture to collaboration, believing that young career designers create positive change by questioning design assumptions and challenging what we believe we know. With  work that exemplifies sense of place, Chris encourages people to interact with one another and the environment, exploring how both new and old stand together in contrast through a celebration of each place’s history, culture, and sustainable future.

Chris further indulges his love of place through travel.  His curious nature leads him to design immersive experience for himself, often hiring guides, reaching out to local architects, and encouraging community members to share their stories in an effort to uncover the nuances of each location he visits.

 

 

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Terminal A Expansion Phase 1
Charlotte, North Carolina
"Architecture is never neutral; it either reinforces or challenges the status quo. I want to be a designer who challenges the status quo because what we design really matters to people’s lives.”
Conceptual Studies, Confidential Airport Client
Conceptual Studies, Confidential Airport Client
“The collaborative nature of architecture excites me. The old guard, like myself, is able to teach a way of doing things to younger staff who, in turn, challenge what I know and inspire me to look at projects with a fresh perspective.”
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Jackson, Mississippi
Mississippi Civil Rights Museum
Jackson, Mississippi
Motown Museum Expansion
Detroit, Michigan
Durham Station Transportation Station
Durham, North Carolina
Durham County Human Services Complex
Durham, North Carolina
Designer Spotlight: Chris Garris

Christopher's Featured Work

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Durham County Human Services Complex
Durham, North Carolina