Chris Guignon, AIA, LEED AP,
Chris has a deep interest in how the built environment informs our understanding of the world and shapes our future. His research has focused on sustainability as the fundamental framework for long-term design thinking. Prior to returning to evolveEA in 2013, Chris worked in Moshe Safdie’s Boston office working on a variety of projects, including residential units, mixed-use high rises, master planning, and other complex developments. Chris’ commitment to sustainability is infused into his work, and while at Safdie took part in a research fellowship exploring sustainable and architecturally integrated approaches to car-sharing.
At evolveEA Chris works on the design of residential and commercial buildings and environments, ranging in scale from the Tazza d’Oro Café and Food Hub in Millvale, PA, to city-wide green infrastructure and transportation plans, to a masterplan with housing unit prototypes for a new neighborhood in Bozeman, MT. He also helps our project teams visualize public spaces, creating design renderings for community plans such as the award-winning Hill District Centre Avenue Corridor Design Plan, and infrastructure studies like the Better Busway Plan for Pittsburgh Port Authority. Throughout his professional work, Chris has prioritized sensitivity to urban context and user experience, as well as clear communication of the architectural idea.
Outside of the workplace, Chris teaches architectural design at the University of Pittsburgh, including an upper-level studio exploring sustainability and housing. He was Managing Editor of Thresholds, MIT Architecture’s journal of architecture, art, and media culture, and his architectural comics have been published by the MIT Department of Architecture and exhibited in China as part of the Get It Louder exhibition in Beijing. Chris is a Registered Architect, a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C), and an Ecodistricts AP. He received his MArch from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BA in Architectural Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.