Chris’s experience includes an array of projects in the United States and Asia, ranging from master plans to complex built urban and on-podium landscapes. Chris focuses on the integration of ecology and culture, with a commitment to exemplary craft in the built environment.
With a conservation biology and community design background, Chris has a particular passion for developing solutions to ecological design problems through community process. Prior to Sasaki, he worked at SWA San Francisco and earlier at Mathews Nielsen in New York City. Outside of practice, Chris participates in the design community through teaching, service, and writing. He has taught construction technology and design studios at the UC Berkeley Extension and Cornell University, and coauthored a book on outdoor performance facilities. Chris believes that every project is not only a design opportunity, but an opportunity to experiment, listen, and learn.
Chris holds a Master of Landscape Architecture with Honors from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science from Duke University.