What does an architect do, exactly?
The best way I’ve found to dodge that question is, “a bit of everything.”
Everyone knows good architecture. It is comforting, convenient, efficient, inevitable. Countless layers fall into place with ease. It makes us feel important, and reminds us of things greater than ourselves. Spaces form us.
I’m seeking the keys to elusive qualities like atmosphere and the “spirit of place”, so I can shape them through design. At the core of great architecture is a paradox. It has abstract, “divine” order and symbolism. It’s also grounded in our primal nature. A memorable space fits our proportions, rewards our senses, and calls to mind the shelter of a campfire, the mystery of a night forest – settings deeply rooted in our collective memory.
It should also stay standing with the sinks working. I’ll leave that for another time.
Christopher Fagan, AIA
|Present||Designer, Robert A.M. Stern Architects, New York, NY
Licensed Architect, member of the American Institute of Architects
LEED Associated Professional, Building Design and Construction
Certified Architect, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
|2014 – 2016||Project Associate, Northworks Architects and Planners, Chicago, IL|
|2012 – 2014||Junior Architect, Antunovich Associates Architects and Planners, Chicago, IL|
|2007 – 2012||Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture, University of Notre Dame
Tau Sigma Delta Medal for Design Excellence
Alpha Ro Chi Medal for Service and Professional Merit
|2009 – 2010||Rome Studies Program, Notre Dame School of Architecture|