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Chris Alker

Chris Alker

New York, NY, US

 

About 

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 immediately followed his studies with an apprenticeship to a master carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. His experiences includes multiple apartment and town house renovation/additions, commercial office fit outs, zoning, code compliance, project management, client relations, and construction problem solving.  He learns quickly, adapts easily, and leads by example.    

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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
 

Employment 

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

I am the XO at this boutique architecture firm focused on commercial office build-outs & high end residential townhouse/apartment renovations with a heavy emphasis on deep dive research and flexible solutions for future growth. I oversee all active projects in the office and am involved in every phase for the project from soup to nuts. The most recent being an 18K sq.ft. build out for The Nature Conservancy’s new headquarters on 8th Avenue in Manhattan. I am responsible for design, client communications, space planning, construction detailing, test fits, construction documents, zoning analysis, code research, & regulatory filing packages. Office projects include overhauling the existing office CAD standards, redesigning the office website, a new office policy manual, preparing property development feasibility packages, maintaining vendor relationships, and mentoring junior staff.

Jun 2017 - current
 

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

I was the most experienced project manager at this mid-sized architecture firm specializing in high end single-family residential apartment & townhouse projects. Projects included gut renovation/additions to five townhouses in landmarked preservation districts, an apartment renovation on the UES, and CA for the in-house office build-out. Office projects included updating office CAD standards, introducing the office to 3D modeling & Instagram, creating a project checklist prototype, establishing a project archive, zoning analysis, code review, and mentoring junior staff.

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 for a boutique residential architecture firm based in the financial district.

Jan 2011 - Jun 2012
 

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

Mentored by A.J. Loeffler, the late principal of this boutique firm in Williamsburg, I grew from a green junior architect to an experienced and confident project manager. The work included a wide range of projects including multi-family residential apartment buildings, hospitality building developments, apartment renovations, property remediation, zoning feasibility studies for numerous mid-sized projects in the West Village and Meatpacking District, concept development for a traveling 9-11 firefighter memorial, litigation support for property management, and research solutions for high density mixed-use properties.

Jan 2007 - Jan 2011
 

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

I began my New York architecture career at this mid-sized skyscraper firm that grew from 37 to 110 employees by the time I left. Working on small teams under a dedicated project manager, I cut my teeth on large-scale multi-family residential apartments, hospitality, and mixed-use developments. I provided design and production support, made custom models, prepared construction documents, learned foundation & wall detailing skills, and coordinated with engineering consultants.

Feb 2004 - Jan 2007
 

Doug Stott Contracting, Santa Barbara, CA, US, Apprentice Carpenter

Immediately following college, I moved to Santa Barbara, CA to work on single-family residential wood-framed houses and a commercial restaurant space for a master carpenter in the San Francisco Bay Area. The work included a wide range of hands-on construction work including: rough carpentry, custom interior trim, custom concrete work, roof repair, light electrical, tiling, window replacement, flashing installation, stucco repair, & wood framing.

Jun 2002 - Jun 2003
 

Education 

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

Urban design and theory.

Aug 1997 - Jun 2002
 

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