Architect – Chris

Describe your job in couple of sentences:

I design buildings and spaces for people… and sometimes museum exhibits!


When did you know what you wanted to do?

When I was very young. Maybe 5 or 6?


Did you go to university, go straight into the workforce or do an apprenticeship? What did you study?

I love to study. After University I went to Divinity School and studied comparative religion (Buddhist and Jewish traditions). After that I went to Architecture School.


What was your first job:

Counting baby oysters

Does it relate to what you do now?

Not as such!


Have you done other jobs in your life – if so what were they?

Junk mail delivery person, Prep Cook, Carpenter

Did they have any influence on what you do now?

I draw on my carpentry skills to this day


How did you find out about your job (how it existed)?

Architecture is all around us.


How did you get the job you wanted- steps and process?

It started with a love of architectural drawing.


What qualities do you need to have to be successful in your field?

Persistence, a willingness to fail, and the ability to convince others of a vision (which might or might not be your own!)

Give 3 tips for someone hoping to follow in your footsteps:

Practice your craft and be persistent. And my favourite, from Henry Winkler, “I live by two words- gratitude and tenacity. Tenacity gets me where I want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow me to be angry along the way”


Who inspires you?:

Rafael Moneo