Boston and beyond

Christopher worked at ZEROLABOFFICE, a specialty design firm located in Shanghai, China, where he was responsible for the concept design of several major educational and exhibition facilities throughout the region. After Co-op he returned to Northeastern and graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a minor in Urban Studies.  Christopher’s first experience in the field was through a work-study program in 2005 at Austin Veum Robbins Partners, while he was still attending high school in his hometown of San Diego, CA. He has subsequently built on that experience while attending Northeastern, working at Safdie Rabines Architects in 2009, and completing his first Co-Op at KPF Associates in 2010. Although he has always had an interest in architecture, prior to attending Northeastern, he did not have a clear vision of becoming an “architect”. In 2007 Christopher entered Northeastern University with the intent of earning a degree in Civil Engineering. However, after taking History of World Architecture as an elective he knew he had to make the switch, and successfully transferred into the architecture program that following year. Since then he has been fueled by his underlying passion for design and desire to make an impact on a global scale.

“In the past few years I have worked and studied in San Diego, Rome, New York, Boston, and Shanghai. The opportunities made available through Northeastern’s co-op and curriculum have enabled me to gain a unique perspective on architecture and the profession. Architectural practice is no longer limited by the geographic and technical limitations of previous generations. Our generation of architects and designers need to be extremely mobile in order to be competitive in tomorrow’s economy. With the advent of GIS, enhanced telecommunications, and new digital building solutions, architects can now design from anywhere in the world. However designing without a true sense of place can lead to an architecture that is no longer relevant but is purely derived from parametric computation. Through my time at the School of Architecture I have learned so much from studying the way people design and live in different parts of the world, I have realized the importance of understanding the culture and spirit of place in order to create a truly meaningful project.”

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