Inspiration2021-02-15T18:19:57-05:00

ANNOUNCEMENTS

SEEKING CANDIDATES: MARCH 2021

Christopher Fagan Studio Architecture is building a team who value a collaborative, independent work environment. We offer flexible and remote work options, and the opportunity to grow alongside an architecture practice that brings fresh ideas to our process and client service.
Please contact chris@cfaganstudio.com to discuss our opportunities.

DESIGN TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANT – Open

STRATEGIC MARKETING CONSULTANT – Open

PUBLICATION: JANUARY 2021

Read Christopher Fagan’s latest article in AIA Young Architects Forum Connection magazine, a collaborative feature with Miranda Moen, founder of MO/EN Design Practice LLC. Miranda and Chris discussed their path towards launching their independent architecture practices, contrast their experiences working in rural and urban communities, and anticipate new ways that architects will do their work in changing times. Check out their piece on Page 20.

PUBLICATION: OCTOBER 2020

One of the most divisive moments in a divisive year was the toppling of monuments alleged to uphold white supremacy. Christopher Fagan envisioned a constructive approach, the development of a new type of monument which can welcome, enlighten, and restore our nation’s connection to African American history. His proposal is featured in AIA Young Architects Forum Connection magazine, Page 14.

PANEL: OCTOBER 2020

Principal Christopher Fagan was invited to speak with the American Institute of Architecture Students chapter of University of Texas, lending advice on how to prepare for graduation in an uncertain professional climate. Among other panelists who have charted unique paths within the field of architecture, he promoted the importance of positivity, imagination, service, and a nimble entrepreneurial mindset. Hosted by AIA Forth Worth.

PUBLICATION: APRIL 2020

People of all professions and walks of life are struggling to adapt to the new reality of the pandemic, and anticipate the future. Architects have a chance to be leaders in our transition through this crisis. Christopher Fagan wrote a letter of encouragement to his profession, especially those early in their careers, featured on page 10 of AIA New York State’s quarterly magazine.

AWARD: SEPTEMBER 2019

People over cars! At the Chicago Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s 10th Anniversary Gala, our entry to their inaugural design competition was honored among other finalists. With design support from Broad Street Studio Inc. and Har Ye Kan Consulting LLC, we proposed an ambitious new link in Chicago’s famed lakefront park, in the spirit of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 Plan of Chicago. Special thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation for its generous support of Classical design.

AWARD: AUGUST 2019

How can we develop new housing in American cities that is affordable, beautiful, and profitable? In our first collaboration with Broad Street Studio, Inc., we explored this question in response to CNU Illinois and the American Institute of Architects‘ “Missing Middle” design competition. Our entry will be displayed at Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council on August 15th, followed by a panel discussion with other finalists.

AWARD: NOVEMBER 2018

We’re honored to have our work included in the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art’s inaugural exhibition, featuring the work of young artists and designers who are carrying the Classical tradition forward. Our project “Nine Squared“, proposing the union of design and building craft training, was selected by jurors.

INSPIRATION

Eliel Saarinen: Finland’s turn-of-the-century master architect, known for his imaginative interpretation of Classicism and national romanticism.  He designed great works from the domestic to civic scale, including urban planning.

Jane Jacobs: a legendary advocate for sensible urban planning.  Her writing and activism turned the tide in favor of historic preservation, diverse, walkable neighborhoods, and contextually sensitive policy.  In midcentury America, it was fashionable for planners to raze entire districts and drag residents into the future with grandiose projects.  Jacobs’ idea was simple: let people dictate how they should live.  Listen; make small, lasting improvements.  Protect community ties.  The debt we owe Jacobs is immeasurable.

Antoni Gaudi, a genius of craft and engineering, credited Nature as divine inspiration.  His work is extraordinary and eccentric, yet rooted in the traditions of his native Catalonia.

John RuskinA voice for human expression and the dignity of workers in a rapidly industrializing world.  Ruskin’s 1853 volume The Stones of Venice helped shape my philosophy as an architect.

Maya Lin seamlessly blends art, sculpture, and architecture.  She is known for building monuments that incorporate natural elements and symbolically rich minimalism, including the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington.  Her entry won that commission while Lin was an undergraduate student at Yale; a dramatic start to a brilliant career.

John Singer SargentA British realist and impressionist painter, with renowned talent for capturing light and human character.  His style was a model for my watercolor training at Notre Dame’s School of Architecture.

Nicholas RoerichRussian painter, writer, and world traveler.  His bold paintings drew from musical harmonies and Eastern mysticism.

Ralph EllisonA musician and writer who produced some of America’s classics.  He believed that art transcends human affairs, and that the greatest freedom is defining oneself through unfettered creative expression.

Hassan FathyFascinated by the traditional construction of his native Egypt, Hassan Fathy designed for the people.  Sustainability and affordability were important to him, and he found solutions in vernacular building rather than the Modernist trends of his time.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh“There is hope in honest error; none in the icy perfection of the mere stylist.”  This remark by Arts and Crafts architect J.D. Sedding resonated with Mackintosh.  He designed eclectic, whimsical buildings and interiors, rooted in impressions of his native Scotland.

Karl Friedrich Schinkel began earning a living painting stage sets.  His architecture defined the Neoclassical landscape of Berlin.  He preferred the Greek classical period as a model for his designs, over ancient Rome.

Bill WattersonCreator of the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip.  He championed art and personal integrity, when such things were being phased out in a profit-driven world.  The dark humor, wisdom, and artistry of his comics molded my young psyche – who knows to what end.

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