Christopher Nelson AIA NCARB

Christopher Nelson AIA NCARB

New York, NY, US

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I'm an architect, designer and artist based in New York City.  I've always sought to balance my creative efforts with technical knowledge and experience.  Working in NYC since 2006, I gained experience on high end residential, hospitality, offices, sports and entertainment and retail projects.

I am licensed in New York and Massachusetts, NCARB certified and a member of AIA with plans on becoming a Passive House Certified Professional.


Think Wilder Architecture, New York, NY, US, Senior Project Architect/Manager

Feb 2022 - current

Self Employed, New York, NY, US, Architect

Jun 2020 - current

MEIS Design Studio, New York, Senior Associate

Jan 2020 - May 2020

Gensler, New York, NY, US, Associate Project Architect/Project Manager

Mar 2015 - Jan 2020

Circular, Brooklyn, NY, US, Design Director

Sep 2014 - Mar 2015

SawickiTarella Architecture+Design, P.C., New York, NY, US, Project Architect

Oct 2012 - Aug 2014

ICRAVE, New York, NY, US, Designer/Job Captain

May 2012 - Sep 2012

DAS Concepts, Inc., New York, NY, US, Design Project Manager

May 2008 - Dec 2011

Incorporated, Project Architect

Jun 2006 - Mar 2008
Jun 2005 - Aug 2005

Meyer Scherer & Rockcastle (MS&R), Model Shop Manager & Model Maker

Sep 2001 - Aug 2004
Mar 2000 - Mar 2001


University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, IL, US, MArch, Architecture

UIC redirected their initiatives to Landscape Urbanism during my studies. Urban planning, architecture and interior design directed my projects to explore the potential for any given project with a strong focus on conceptual design. I participated in the UIC study abroad program which included walking tours of Paris, Barcelona, Genova, Florence and Rome. The studio for this semester was in Barcelona where we focused on a high density housing project in El Raval, just outside the Gothic Quarter.

Aug 2004 - May 2006

University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN, US, BArch, CALA

During my studies at the University of Minnesota, I explored and really connected to urban planning, the effects of a building on an urban scale and responded to what I thought was appropriate based on the given contextual conditions. I also decided to focus my minor studies on studio arts with an emphasis on photography. Art is still prevalent in my life today as I draw, paint and design outside of the regular day in a studio. Photography was closely connected to my understanding of a site, exploring and observing the context and it has continued to be an interest of mine.

Aug 1998 - Dec 2002


Neely Portfolio Award, 1st Place

This scholarship was awarded based on a portfolio exhibition within the School of Architecture on behalf of the Neely Foundation and the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Alumni Choice Award, 1st Place

The Alumni Choice award is rewarded to the portfolio submission that receives the most votes by UIC SoA Alumni.


Best of Show, 1st Place

As a competition, AIA Minnesota hosts a young architects forum to highlight young talent in Minnesota. I entered photography of mine and I won first place in 2003.


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