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Christopher Wright

“Chris Wright is creating what architecture in the Northwest should be: grounded in context, detailed, warm, and highly livable.  He’s as good as the celebrated names but serves clients individually.  I can’t think of a better combination.”
— Gary Henderson, Gary Henderson Interiors

Christopher Wright’s extensive experience in the design of commissioned homes results in the creation of new residences and renovations that speak to a home’s integrity and environmental context and the owner’s needs and preferences.  His work is characterized by modernity that has retained warmth and depth through the artful use of natural materials, volume, and carefully considered details.

Philosophy of Design:

“I do not strive to create a repeated visual appearance from project to project.  Every project has different demands depending on context, client, budget, and a myriad of other factors that lead to a unique solution.  When starting a design, I avoid forming preliminary ideas of what the building should look like; instead, I begin by exploring issues posed by the specific site: its location in the city, suburb, or country; the surroundings; prevailing winds; views; sun orientation; the client’s needs and aspirations.  I work with concepts such as order, structure, spatial connections, the layering of spaces, sight-lines, the fall of light, materiality, characteristics of craft, durability, integrity, warmth, and pleasure.  These are the things that inform my designs and from which the design develops.

Proportion, placement, and rhythm of structural and finish elements are shaped with careful consideration, and a great deal of thought goes into how each individual material is expressed and joined.  My forms are almost always derived from an underlying order based on the materials used.  I find great possibility for beauty in structure and materials themselves and tend to be avoid moldings and trim between materials in favor of a clear and direct interplay of elements for a precise appearance.

I hope my buildings to be beautiful in and of themselves, not by representing any abstract idea, but by seeming to be right and to belong wherever they may be.” — Christopher Wright