Chris has 27 years of experience and is a founding partner of CMG Landscape Architecture, a leading designer, and a passionate advocate for urban public spaces and access to nature. He is known for his intersectional approach to design through the lens of social and ecological vitality. Chris works with cities, community advocates, and landowners to co-create, design, and keep places that are inviting and enduring.
His work spans a spectrum from open space planning, to parks, civic spaces, public engagement, and resilient landscapes. Chris’s leadership of complex, creative, and collaborative projects is exemplified by his work on the public realm and park system for Treasure Island in San Francisco, CA, and Estuary Commons, a community vision for resilience developed through a co-creative process. He led the creation of an innovative urban ecology that combines outdoor social and workspaces within an immersive landscape at the Meta Headquarters.
As an advocate, committed to inclusive and equitable parks and public spaces, Chris has served on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a leading park non-profit that champions, transforms, and activates parks and public spaces throughout San Francisco. Chris holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture from Virginia Tech University of College of Architecture and Urban Planning.
2011-2021, Parks Alliance Board of Directors, Board Member
2019, SPUR Bay Area Regional Strategy, Advisory Board Member
2004-2010, Neighborhood Parks Council Board of Directors, Board Member/Treasurer
2000 Outstanding Young Alumni Award, College of Architecture and Urban Studies, Virginia Tech University
1994 Honor Award for Excellence in the Study of Landscape Architecture, American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA)
855 Brannan is a significant contribution to the housing and public realm needs of the fast-growing San Francisco SOMA and Design District neighborhoods. This mixed-use project occupies three quarters of a city block bringing new public open space and streetscape improvements for residents, local workers, and the community. The project is an intricately crafted collection of courtyards, gardens, and passageways that interweave the inner life of the housing block with a vibrant community of the streets.
California Academy of Sciences
Through collaborative design process with the Academy’s leaders, researchers and gardeners, CMG developed a master plan to expand the east and west gardens. The master planning effort led to CMG’s continued involvement with the cultural institution to improve the museum’s front step and entryway. Project goals included increasing museum capacity for all visitors, creating a compelling identity for each garden, and developing gardens that are environmentally sustainable and easy to maintain.
The 1-acre public park is a vibrant community space serving families and residents from several surrounding neighborhoods. The project exemplifies how community members, public agencies, and forward- thinking developers can come together to provide much needed housing and public open space on underused brownfield sites. The simplicity and openness of the project are complemented by fluid forms, robust materials and attention to craft and detail to create an idiosyncratic and welcoming space.
Surrounded on both sides by culturally significant landmark buildings, the historical alley was seen as an opportunity to anchor a new network of open space for pedestrian connections from Union Square into the South of Market District. Essential to this effort was a public-private partnership that resulted in the first privately funded conversion of a city street to a public plaza. Today, Mint Plaza is a bridge between cultures and communities, serving an incredible cross-section of San Francisco.