Biography

Christopher Beck is an architectural designer and educator based in New York, NY.

In 2016, Beck graduated cum laude from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Masters in Architecture. With a methodology influenced by an architecture program embedded in an art school, Beck completed his research thesis, “A Trace Dimension.” Beck was awarded a RISD fellowship during his graduate study, as well as the Rhode Island AIA Scholarship.

Beck received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Maryland in 2010. Since then, Beck has worked in a variety of fields, gaining invaluable and unique experience. Immediately after graduating from UMD, he served as an AmeriCorps member in New Orleans with Project Homecoming, leading volunteer construction teams in the rebuilding of the city post Hurricane Katrina. During his time with Project Homecoming, he also contributed his architectural expertise, documenting devastated buildings, drafting and estimating new projects.

Currently, Beck works as a designer for Guy Nordenson Associates. Through this position and his own practice, Beck emphasizes the widening of the profession of architecture. Working with a range of other practitioners, such as non-profits, artists, structural engineers, interior designers, builders, and illustrators, Beck continually seeks to expand the influence and relevance of architecture in other fields and professions. Concurrently, he has taught several courses at RISD, including the Pre-College program and several representation courses, as well as classes at local design non-profit DownCity Design.

His personal work revolves around the relationship between author and drawing, not limited to architects and artists. This work focuses on how the use of hybrid media, both manual and digital, affects the creative process, and how working fluidly between mediums can have a powerful influence on the authors ability to dictate the process in conjunction with an awareness and control of media and method. Beck’s research is an active influence on his implementation of practice and development of design pedagogy.