"I have a relentless curiosity about tools, techniques and technologies we can use to visualize a project and effectively convey ideas to our clients and collaborators."
Before he studied architecture, principal Chris Gerrick wanted to be an aerospace engineer. A childhood fascination with science fiction and NASA inspired Chris to pursue engineering at the University of Michigan. However, Chris quickly found that he aspired for a more creative endeavor, changing his undergraduate focus to architectural design and going on to earn a Master of Architecture from Rice University.
A LEED-accredited architect, Chris combines his technical engineering background with a passion for artistic, cultural production. Over a decade after joining Olson Kundig in 2003 as an intern, Chris is known for his facility with all design phases, from conceptual design to construction documentation, from subtle interior details to large-scale master plans. In his design work, Chris strives to communicate complex ideas through lucid representational techniques, which include simple hand sketches and diagrams, intricate 3D digital models, and everything in between. As Chris puts it, “I have a relentless curiosity about tools, techniques and technologies we can use to visualize a project and effectively convey ideas to our clients and collaborators.”
In addition to his project work, Chris is a leader in Olson Kundig’s adoption of new technologies and a vital mentor for staff incorporating these tools in their daily work. In 2012, he earned a Certificate in Digital Design and Fabrication from the University of Washington, where he gained experience with emerging fabrication tools that bridge the gap between digital data and physical form. Focused on the application of these technologies, Chris helps lead the firm’s OKWorks and Project Delivery initiatives, seeking to explore the intersection of craft, technology and professional design practice. Chris’s design work completed with partner Tom Kundig has been recognized with both national and international design awards, published in The New York Times and Architectural Record, and exhibited at the University of Washington and TOTO Gallery MA in Tokyo, Japan.
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