Kristian grew up in New Orleans and attended Tulane University, where he received a Master of Architecture way back when. He is oddly experienced at beginning a new university experience during turbulent and unexpected circumstances, given that Hurricane Katina made landfall a few days after moving into his freshman dorm, thus causing, among other hurdles, the fall semester to be cancelled.
Since graduating, Kristian has worked in architecture offices on the east, gulf and west coasts for firms ranging from 3 to 150 people, and on wide-ranging projects, including a hospital, an 11-foot-wide spec house, a winery, condo towers, and a classroom-less elementary school in Silicon Valley. This nomadic trajectory has given him a wonderfully broad exposure to an array of peoples and places and has also shown him the strengths and limits of traditional architectural practice.
As an architect, Kristian has always struggled to be motivated by design simply for design’s sake. He is a firm believer in the value and impact of thoughtfully designed projects, but he has found himself equally interested in which projects happen in the first place, where they happen, and whom they happen for. He has never lost sight of his belief in architecture as a social service, and he intends to use the MRED+D program to further that pursuit by focusing on affordable housing and housing policy.
Kristian previously lived in Oakland for several years and loved it, though he currently lives in Sacramento where his wife is a reporter at the local NPR station covering race, immigration and city politics. His personal bio would be incomplete without acknowledging that her work on these topics has thoroughly influenced Kristian's thoughts on how these topics intersect with architecture and design.
Kristian thinks the Class of 2021 is entering the MRED+D at a truly fascinating and empowering time. Studying and examining critically the roles and responsibilities of the built environment in our society and how it mitigates or exacerbates system injustices has never been more pertinent.