Chris founded the Warren Office for Research and Design in 2010. He is a licensed architect in California and a LEED Accredited Professional. Chris has quickly become one of LA's go-to experts on retail design, and was interviewed for Vitra's publication "The Merchant" in 2017, discussing retail design in Los Angeles. He also moderated a panel for Biznow's 2017 Retail West event, leading a discussion on the future of retail. In addition to his work as a practitioner, he has taught design at the University of Southern California as an adjunct assistant professor, where he delivered the keynote commencement address to the School of Architecture's class of 2011. He has taught in related programs in China and Italy, and most recently served as assistant visiting professor of urban design at Washington University in St. Louis. Chris is also on the board of directors for the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica, and remains active in many charities.

Chris received his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon moving to Los Angeles, he became a project designer at Morphosis, working with Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne on over twenty commissions including the winning entry for the New York City Olympic Village (NYC2012) which integrated 4,500 units of housing and a 43 acre park into a transitional plan for post-Olympic use; a kilometer long Cultural Park in Shanghai; the award winning LEED Gold NOAA Satellite Operations Facility outside of Washington D.C.; and a thirty-two floor multi-family residential tower in downtown Los Angeles for Hearst Corporation. Chris also served as a lead designer for a 140-unit multi-family housing project in Madrid, completed in 2008 and featured in exhibitions in MoMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. He later co-founded award winning office Studio Shift, where he served as partner for five years.

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