Chris Alker

Chris Alker

New York, NY, US



Chris Alker is a New York State Registered Architect working in New York City since 2004.  He studied urban design and theory while attending the University of Texas at Austin, and followed up his studies with an apprenticeship to a master carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He learns quickly, adapts easily, and leads by example.  His experiences includes a wide range of building and renovation projects, numerous online & print publications, countless DJ gigs, and a lecture for Yale's prestigious American Studies program.  He works as an architect, designer, writer, DJ, graphic designer, and guest lecturer to make sure every minute of his day is accounted for.  


Chris's Featured Articles on Archinect

Removing the Scaffolding of Architecture, Wed, Jan 3 '18

When I think of architecture I think of the Salk Institute in La Jolla by Louis Kahn, Fallingwater in Pennsylvania by Frank Lloyd Wright, the Florence Cathedral by Brunelleschi, The Yamanashi building in Kofu by Kenzo Tange... there are so many great buildings by so many great architects.

Removing the Scaffolding of Architecture


Atema Architecture, New York, NY, US, Senior Architect

I work as the Senior Architect at this established boutique architecture firm in Manhattan on a number of high end residential and office space projects. My well rounded experience in the building code, zoning resolution, virtual modeling, regulatory processes and detailing are essential tools for creating thoughtful architecture in a city as complex as New York.

Jun 2017 - current

Delson or Sherman Architects, Brooklyn, NY, US, Project Manager

I worked as a designer at this established boutique architecture firm in Dumbo on a number of high end residential and office space projects.

Jul 2012 - Jun 2017

Freelance, New York, NY, US, Designer

I worked as a designer on a number of high end residential projects in Brooklyn.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2012

2 plus 3 Architects p.c., Brooklyn, NY, US, Intermediate Architect

I directed and assisted in a wide range of commercial and residential projects in New York City, working closely with clients and consultants to achieve design goals and solve problems throughout the design process. Produced numerous development feasibility studies.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2011

Handel Architects, LLP, New York, NY, US, Junior Architect

When I moved to New York, I began working at this 37 person design firm. By the time I left, it had grown to over 100 architects, interior designers and staff with projects in New York, San Francisco, Hong Kong, South America and Abu Dhabi. During my stay, I worked as a Junior Architect from conceptual design through construction drawings on major multi-family residential projects, cut my teeth on the NYC Building Code and Zoning Resolution, began my construction administration experience and coordinated with all consultants throughout the building design process.

Feb 2004 - Jan 2007


The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, US, BArch, Architecture

Urban design and theory.

Aug 1997 - Jun 2002

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