WORD is composed of architects and contemplators with a high level of energy, intensity and thoughtfulness. Our work revolves around the belief that by processing modern culture and lifestyle, and outputting highly detailed designs that answer very particular desires, we will create spaces that are thrilling and produce thoroughly satisfying moments for our daily lives. We strive to bring joy, jouissance, and even meditative qualities to the routine.
WORD prides itself on being service-forward, and our availability and candor we offer to our clients is paramount. We operate transparently, and believe that by freely sharing our experience in the design and construction process, the projects will always benefit. We are always honest, and will never be ‘yes-men’.
Our design capabilities include projects of nearly all types and scales. We specialize in custom retail, lifestyle and creative-complex design. Our recent projects include uniquely detailed spaces for creative outlets, fashion and jewelry brands, an artist’s studio and gallery, custom single family homes, and office space for production and animation studios. We often assist high-design brands and foreign clients making their foray into the Los Angeles market. Our 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.
We welcome unique challenges and look forward with an anticipatory spirit to future collaborations with you.
Chris Warren founded WORD, the Warren Office for Research and Design in 2010 as a full service architecture and design studio with a keen focus on rigorous, principled design. The office has since become sought out for its unique, progressive designs characterized by detailing, inventive use of materials and expressive use of light and shadow. Having quickly become one of southern California’s young design experts, Chris was recently invited to speak as an “emerging talent” at the prestigious Monterey Design Conference, to be held in October of 2019. He was also interviewed about the future of LA design for Vitra’s publication “The Merchant”, and led a discussion on the same topic at “L.A.: Retail West”. Prior to WORD, Chris was a project designer for many years under Pritzker Prize winner Thom Mayne, where he led internationally renowned projects ranging from institutional buildings to European housing complexes. He was also a founding partner of the award winning office, Studio Shift.
In addition to his work as a practitioner, Chris taught design at the University of Southern California from 2007-2014, and was chosen by the student body to deliver the commencement address to the School of Architecture’s class of 2011. He has taught programs in China and Italy, and was most recently a visiting professor of urban design at Washington University in St. Louis. Chris is on the board of directors for the California Heritage Museum in Santa Monica, and remains active in many charities. He is LEED accredited and is a licensed architect in California.