Chris Richards

Chris Richards

Santa Barbara, CA, US



I have worked for architecture firms from New York to California and in between designing unique and groundbreaking projects. I also have additional experience in commercial real estate, professional newsprint illustration, art studio and gallery management. I currently work as a Project Designer for Warner Group Architects in Montecito, Santa Barbara, CA. The Warner Group Architects specializes in high end residential and country clubs. There I produce 3d digital models and visualizations of design concepts, assist in design research, and prepare final architectural documents and drawings for construction. I effectively use the most up to date drafting and building information modeling software to increase office productivity to accurately visualize and document complex 3d forms.



The Warner Group Architects, Inc., Montecito, CA, US, Senior Project Designer

The Warner Group Architects, Inc. is committed to focusing on innovative solutions that exceed the project's needs and expectations, from concept to completion. Successful projects go beyond the immediate and obvious needs. They require a balance of creativity and commitment to serve the long-term interest of the client, the environment, and the end user.

The Warner Group Architects, Inc. specializes in maximizing the potential of challenging sites, and the firm’s projects encompass nearly every architectural style. From classical to modern, Italian villa to French Chateau, their homes are clean, strong and bold - sometimes traditional, sometimes contemporary - but never trendy. Within a contextual perspective, the firm develops and refines floor plans to capitalize on proportion and flow.

Based in Santa Barbara, California, The Warner Group Architects, Inc. was founded in 1966 by Jack Warner, previously named Warner & Gray Architects, and has been creating distinctive homes for the past four and a half decades. The firm is widely recognized as an authority in the field of architecture and interior design. Their residential, resort and country club work can be seen in all of California's major coastal communities, as well as Hawaii, Central America and the Middle East.

As testimony to the exceptional quality of The Warner Group Architect’s design work and the integrity of the firm’s commitment to providing its’ clients with the finest architectural services, the firm continues to receive numerous awards of excellence for its’ projects. The design team has been awarded Architectural Digest’s highest honor four times, “The AD 100 World’s Top Architects and Interior Designers,” and “The Top 30 Architects” by The Robb Report.

Nov 2014 - current

4dDesign, LLC, Springfield, MO, US, Founder and Owner

4dDesign, LLC is a Missouri-based architectural rendering company. We provide architectural rendering services and Google Earth modeling. Over half of our employees are currently enrolled architectural students who use the most up to date architectural software and gain paid experience in the field of architecture.

May 2009 - current

AB design studio, inc., Santa Barbara, CA, US, Studio Designer / Drafter

At A+B, I have acted as and architectural designer/drafter and interim project captain on several projects varying from several ground-up Montecito homes to the new Santa Barbara Children’s Museum and even a variety of Four Seasons Biltmore renovations and additions. I have established myself as a valued designer/drafter and the resident Sketchup and Photoshop expert.

Aug 2013 - Nov 2014

Archetype Design Group, Inc., Prairie Village, KS, US, Architectural Intern

At ADGIAIA, I worked directly under the owner, who was licensed in 51 jurisdictions, on several projects. These included a spec hotel/condo development and a completed drawing set, which included code research, for a small structure that could be constructed across the United States.

Jun 2013 - Sep 2013

Tompkins Architects, Kansas City, MO, US, Designer

Tompkins Architects specializes in governmental commercial and medical work. During my employment, I have assisted in the completion of an $8.5 million 3rd story OR expansion and 4th story dental clinic expansion in Seattle, WA, helped realize new clients through establishing connections with local developers, established new branding opportunities through expanding our market reach with social media management, website design, and documenting both past and current projects.

Other responsibilities include project management, shortlist presentations, RFP and SOQ submittals, organizing and managing consultants, website and social media management, and business development.

May 2012 - Aug 2013

Eco Abet, Kansas City, MO, US, Volunteer Intern

During my voluntary internship for this non-profit organization, I have assisted in organizing a biannual event gathering 60-80 architectural professionals to donate their services to nonprofit organizations for a day. Responsibilities include gathering funding, networking and recruiting participants, managing projects, managing audio and video, gathering donations both monetary and for catering services, and producing an event publication.

May 2011 - Aug 2013

LEVENBETTS, New York, NY, US, Spring Break Intern

During this week long experience, I was given the chance to intern with a high end residential and commercial architecture firm based in the Chelsea district of Manhattan, NY. During this week, I assisted with the preparation of a firm presentation at NYIT, construction administration of a +5,000 SF Condo remodel on the upper west side and a historical documentation of a residential condo expansion.

Mar 2012 - Mar 2012

Summit Architecture, Kansas City Missouri, Intern

During my internship with Summit Architecture, I worked closely with the acting owner and principal. I had the responsibility of reformatting and producing the new website and marketing portfolio. I also met directly with clients, documented existing conditions, and took several projects through the schematic design phase.

May 2011 - Dec 2011

RDM Architecture, Kansas City, MO, US, Intern

This was a summer internship with RDM, a residential architecture firm based in Kansas City. This position offered me the wonderful chance to grow as a designer with frequent site visits and heavy involvement with understanding how a smaller firm can competitively market themselves in the residential market.

May 2011 - Aug 2011

Greg Patterson & Associates, Kansas City, MO, US, Commercial Real Estate Intern

During this internship, I had the pleasure of assisting Mr. Patterson with the acquisition of a block of property intended to be remodeled into a new university campus shopping center. My responsibilities included attending community meetings, documenting comps, conducting market research, and working directly with his hired architect to develop a schematic design for the proposal.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Prudential Commercial Real Estate, Kansas City, MO, US, Commercial Real Estate Intern

May 2008 - Aug 2008

Ecological Architecture, Lawrence, KS, US, Intern

This was a summer internship in which I worked to document the existing conditions of a historic office remodel, and provide architectural renderings of a new home.

May 2007 - Oct 2007

The Kansas City Star, Kansas City, MO, US, Intern Illustrator for Teen Star page

During my internship at the Kansas City Star, I worked with other local area teens to produce a weekly published, one-page spread for the Kansas City newspaper. I was the acting comic illustrator and produced pieces that would be paired with articles produced by other high school teens.

Mar 2003 - Aug 2006


Drury University, Springfield, MO, US / Hammon's School of Architecture, BArch, Architecture

Major: Architecture
Minors: Business Administration, Art History, Fine Arts & Global Studies

Activities & Societies:
AIAS (Local Firm Tour Chair)
Gamma Sigma Alpha (Academic Honors Society)
Lambda Chi Alpha (Social Fraternity)
Dean's List (2009-2012)
Student Union Board (Public Relations Chair)
Ozark Food Harvest (Philanthropy)
First Year Council
Eagle Scout

Aug 2006 - May 2012

Areas of Specialization