Christiana Moss

Christiana Moss

Phoenix, AZ, US



Christiana Moss approaches architecture with vision, optimism and a commitment to testing and research. As Studio Ma's founding partner and design principal, Christiana is responsible for assisting clients with identifying project goals, facilitating decisions and leading the design team to realize successful buildings. Her ability to grasp the interrelationships among these issues and use them to shape memorable architecture is integral to Studio Ma’s practice. 

Christiana received her Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University's College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Prior to graduation, she joined the studio of Pritzker Award-winning Nordic master, Sverre Fehn, at the Oslo School of Architecture for a semester of study.  She interned in the office of Simon Ungers in New York City upon graduation, where she worked on a winning entry for the Berlin Holocaust Memorial. In 1997, she moved to Arizona and joined the offices of McCoy and Simon Architects and Eddie Jones from 1998-2003 before founding Studio Ma with Christopher Alt, her partner in life and work.

Christiana leads Studio Ma’s educational, institutional and cultural program types, where she applies her design thinking towards the successful completion of both small and large-scale project types. These have included public-private partnerships with Princeton and Arizona State Universities.


Studio Ma, Phoenix, AZ, US, Principal

Jan 2003 - current


USGBC Mountain West Leadership - Green Building Legacy - Scottsdale's Museum of the West, Award

Scottsdale's Museum of the West was recently awarded the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Mountain West Leadership 2018 Green Building Legacy Award. It recognizes buildings constructed, renovated, or operated within the past 10 years that were innovative in sustainable practices and push the envelope of sustainability in design and development.

Studio Ma is proud to be the project architect on a team that focuses extra effort into accomplishing LEED certification, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy and prosperous environment that improves quality of life not only for the building’s inhabitants, but also for the community.


USGBC New jersey - LEED Project of the Year - Princeton University Lakeside Graduate Housing, Award

The USGBC New Jersey awarded Princeton University Lakeside Graduate Housing the 2018 LEED Project of the Year for its demonstration in adherence to the principles of economic, social and environmental sustainability.

As the project architect, Studio Ma is honored to work with a team that shows promise by innovation to extend future developments in sustainability and extend public understanding of sustainability in design and construction.


AIA Western Mountain Region Design Excellence Merit - Princeton University Lakeside Graduate Housing, Award

The AIA Western Mountain Region Design Awards program recognizes excellence in design, planning and construction of projects located anywhere in the world that are designed by AIA architects registered and licensed in the Western Mountain Region.

The intent of the design awards program is to honor the highest standards of design in response to user requirements, site, context, climate and environment. Each entry, regardless of size or classification, is judged individually on the basis of total design merit.

The AIA Western Mountain Region Design Awards recognize achievements for a broad range of projects and is meant to elevate the conversation regarding excellent design in our six-state region.


Architect 50, Award

The ARCHITECT 50 is a nationwide ranking of architecture firms published by ARCHITECT magazine.

The Architect 50 is different from most rankings, which simply list firms by size or revenue, and instead is based on how firms perform in these three categories:
>> Business
>> Sustainability
>> Design


AIA Arizona Firm of the Year, Award

Given for continuing collaboration in a firm that has produced distinguished architecture over ten or more years, and has made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession, and/or the community.


Architectural Record Design Vanguard Firm, Award

Since 2000, Design Vanguard has showcased emerging architects from around the world. For this program, RECORD looks at firms established no more than 10 years ago that are demonstrating inventive approaches to shaping the built environment.


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