Christopher Staggs AIA, NCARB

Christopher Staggs AIA, NCARB

Riverside, CA, US



I am a senior architect with international experience and a passion to touch the human spirit with architecture.  I've worked with some of the best design and construction teams in the world and have lead the planning and design efforts of several, large public and private projects including mixed use, sports and venue, high density housing, higher education, and K-12 projects.  My work emphasizes sustainability on all levels, collaborative design and process, and ideas based planning and design.  I consider the research and learning process integral to the success of architecture, and pursue the adventure of architecture vigorously.


Christopher's Design Blog on Archinect:

The Human Experience : How do the qualities (phenomena) of light, materials, and texture enhance our lives?

How we feel in a space is often ignored. Let's explore the phenomena of environments and spatial qualities - color, light, texture, movement, through dialogue, stories, narratives, and examples. The goal is to discover opinions and ideas informing our perceptions and perspectives of the human experience of architecture.

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ideasCollaboative, Partner and Design Director

Creative director for retail, hospitality, and mixed use brands, directing design team, establishing the design narrative and concept, and establishing the creative ideas behind the architecture and human experience

Jun 2006 - current

HMC Architects, Senior Designer

Lead the planning and design of several Southern California projects, including 80 acres master plan of Spiritual Center and K-12, The Woodcrest Library in Riverside (LEED Silver), Alvord High School Riverside, and other design team efforts at local universities.

Oct 2003 - Jun 2006

CannonDesign, Associate and Senior Designer

Lead the design and documentation of Suffolk University Somerset Street Residence

Sep 2001 - Sep 2003

HOK Sport, Project Designer

Master Planning, Early conceptual design with "Ethos" Group, multiple, large sports/venue projects in U.S. and internationally. Project Architect for sports component for The New English National Stadium (1999-2001 London, UK) Lived in London for project.

Aug 1997 - Sep 2001

LPA Inc., Project Designer

Project Designer on several higher ed, retail, and commercial projects

Jan 1995 - Aug 1999

Telikos Construction, Assistant Superintendent

Construction coordination and architectural/structural coordinator. Bidding and estimating.

Oct 1992 - Jul 1995


California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, BArch, Architecture (College of Environmental Design

Planning, Architecture, with focus on fabric of the city and architectural language.

Jun 1990 - Jun 1994

Fullerton College, Associate of Arts

Aug 1988 - Jun 1990


AIA Merritt Award, 1st Place

Woodcrest Library, Riverside (w/HMC)


AIA Merritt Award for unbuilt work, Other

Woodcrest Library, Riverside (w/HMC)


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