WORD brings a high level of energy, intensity and thoughtfulness to everything we take on. We are firm believers that architecture is a progressive social art, and necessarily collaborative by nature. Each project becomes a true partnership between us and our clients as we strive to instill your needs, aspirations and personalities into the work. We then combine those qualities with our own diverse experience and expertise, and produce uniquely tailored, extraordinary results.
WORD is a full-service architecture office that prides itself on being service-forward – the availability and candor we offer to our clients is paramount and unmatched. We believe in honesty and transparency, and freely share our experience and knowledge of the process.
Our capabilities include projects of nearly all types and scales. We specialize in design for exclusive retail, hospitality, custom residential and creative office design. Our commercial clientele include: A.P.C., Vanessa Seward, Kookai, STAMPD, Vrai & Oro, Zag Studios, Avalon Investment Company, Little Ground and other purveyors of culture and lifestyle.
Chris Warren is the founding principal and design director of WORD. His designs have won numerous awards, and he was recently named as an emerging talent in architecture and invited to speak at the prestigious Monterey Design Conference among a group of internationally renowned architects. With over twenty years of professional experience, Chris has played an essential role in projects ranging in scale from a 4,500 unit Olympic athletes’ village, to NOAA’s satellite operations facility near Washington DC, and a corner café in Los Angeles – all of which earned AIA Design Awards.
After receiving his masters degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Chris immediately moved to Los Angeles, where he spent his formative years working on over twenty commissions with Pritzker Prize laureate Thom Mayne at Morphosis. He later co-founded the award winning Studio Shift and also began teaching at the University of Southern California, where he delivered the commencement address to the School of Architecture’s class of 2011. Most recently, Chris has taught programs in Shanghai, Rome, Como and was a visiting professor of urban design at Washington University of St. Louis.
As an experienced advocate for the power of the designed world, Chris wholly believes in its potential to enhance our lives.
“Thoughtful design has the ability to influence our actions, set the stage for our emotions and linger as the framework of our memories.”