Christopher Morris

Christopher Morris


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I am an architect currently working at ALA Architects in Helsinki, Finland. I have been project architect since 2019 on Satama Areena in Kotka, Finland. Prior to working on Satama Areena, I was on the Länsimetro team, designing three new metro stations in the 2nd phase of the extension in Espoo, Finland. In 2017, I graduated with a Master of Architecture from University of Washington, specializing with a Certificate of Lighting Design and Certificate of Sustainable Systems and Design. Prior to architecture, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Finnish and Scandinavian Area Studies. I currently am professionally fluent in Finnish, in addition to speaking English as my native language. 

My interests lie in the realm of larger civic projects, architecture competitions, as well as lighting design and its influence on users, as explored in my book A Guide to Nordic Light.


ALA Architects, Helsinki, Architect

Sep 2017 - current

Runberg Architecture Group, Seattle, WA, US, Designer

Continuing from interning, responsibilities included developing housing feasibilities to submit to clients for potential projects. Worked on various RFP submittal packets to a potential client with the end result of winning the project; Developed Early Design Guidance Packet for project to submit to the city, including development in site research and massing diagrams. Currently working as a project manager for website redevelopment and graphics coordination, working directly with the founder/partner of the firm, guiding the direction of branding for the next 10-year period of Runberg Architecture Group.

Mar 2017 - Aug 2017

Runberg Architecture Group, Seattle, WA, US, Intern Architect

Worked on award winning mixed-use and multi-family urban residential projects with emphasis on social, economic and environmental impact. Developed facade design, unit layout, and rendering aspects of projects while managing the translation and coordination of the project design through different digital mediums in revit, 3DS Max, and Adobe Suite. Worked with a project team on developing a group of feasibilities for a large set of blocks in an undisclosed neighborhood of Seattle, delivering a fully thought-out, "campus like" feasibility set. Solely rebranded the firm project catalog, standardized presentation materials, as well as created office graphic standards for external firm marketing.

Jun 2015 - Dec 2016

CallisonRTKL, Seattle, WA, US, Intern Architect

Worked in the Global Retail division on multiple projects in the United States for Williams-Sonoma brand stores; Participated in charrettes for the Wellen brand clothing designing a pop-up store in Venice Beach, providing sketches, material choices, and graphic design through a packet proposal to brand founders; Provided support in detail work for Apple stores in China, while actively coordinating construction document sets while working under a licensed architect.

Jun 2014 - Dec 2014


University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, MArch, Architecture

Certificate of Lighting Design, Certificate of Sustainable Systems & Design, Valle Scholar

Sep 2013 - Mar 2017

University of Washington, Seattle, WA, US, BArch, Finnish and Scandinavian Area Studies

Finnish language classes and cultural studies, including literature, history, and current focal points on the Nordic influence of architecture in a globalized economy.

Oct 2010 - Jun 2013


Valle Scholarship, Scholarship


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