Chris draws on his background in Fine Art, Environmental Studies, and Architecture at the University of Waterloo to manage complex urban design, planning, architectural and public art projects. As an associate at Sweeny Sterling Finlayson & Co Architects, Chris is in charge of city building projects such as the Lawrence Heights Development Plan, the West Don Lands Public Realm design and the Waterfront Master Plan for Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
Chris' visionary ideas and projects have been exhibited at the Ontario Science Centre and the Design Exchange in Toronto, Grand Central Station and the Van Alen Instititute in New York, the Dieppe Biennale, the Milan Furniture Fair, and published in the books The Good Life: New Spaces for Recreation and uTOpia, greenTOpia and blueTOpia from Coach House Press.
Locally, Chris is active in the urban culture of Toronto. He has been involved with the Dundas West BIA, Alphabet City, Toronto Free Gallery, Toronto Food Policy Council, the McLuhan Institute and the liveART's think tank at the Toronto Zoo. He is a frequent contributor to Spacing magazine. Recently he was part of a team of designers that won the competition Orphan Spaces sponsored by the City of Toronto and the Design Exchange.
Chris has presented at numerous institutions including the Future of Cities Congress in Copenhagen and Doors of Perception 07 in India. He has lectured at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, and taught University of Waterloo School of Architecture and the Masters of Urban Design program at the University of Toronto.