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Meet Christian Rice of Christian Rice Architects in Coronado

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christian Rice.

Christian founded his firm in 2004, following several years of working in the nation’s most respected design studios, including Will Bruder Architects in Phoenix, Michael Rotondi/Roto Architects in Los Angeles, and Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects in Atlanta.

His association with the studio of Mack Scogin and Merrill Elam culminated with the construction of the new Lulu Chow Wang Student Center at Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

Christian grew up in both San Francisco, CA and Fort Worth, TX, and received a Master of Architecture degree from Arizona State University and completed his undergraduate work at the University of California, Berkeley. His architectural perspective is broadened through an active love of international travel, as well as the opportunity of living in many different locales across the country.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
In general, the path to today has been fairly smooth. Certainly, a tremendous amount of hard work, but no huge obstacles. The architectural world is so vast, with numerous disciplines and areas of expertise, that I learn something new every single day, even after 15+ years of work experience. Coupling this with the learning lessons associated with starting your own business, and it has been an interesting, educational several years. I think the vastness of information associated with different designs, details, materials, opportunities, project typologies are what keeps me interested in this field and what drives me still to this day. I am very excited about some new opportunities and project typologies that we are working on in the office today, and it is exciting to think about where they may lead and what projects and challenges lie ahead.

Please tell us about Christian Rice Architects.
Christian Rice Architects is an AIA award winning architectural practice based in Coronado, California. Our portfolio of work includes a wide range of public and private projects. Christian and his team work closely with all clients and are focused on listening to all aspects of a specific program in order to develop a cohesive approach to each project. Our goal is to create architecture that responds to the site, the surrounding environment, and the specific needs of each client, including their budget. The firm is committed to seamless project management, achieved through open collaboration with all members of a project team. We strive to deliver architecture that is not only functional, but timeless, engaging, and unique.

Additionally, I pride myself on being an excellent listener. Listening to client’s goals is so critical to the success of a project. Clients don’t always have the ability to clearly articulate certain design concepts or ideas, which is why listening is so important. Small clues that I may pick up on in conversation or in an inspirational image may lead to an idea or concept that can be the foundation of a project approach.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My family moved a decent amount when I was growing up. One neighborhood we lived in was a new development- I think we were the 13th family that moved in. There must be hundreds of homes now. All homes were unique designs, and I remember sneaking into the homes at different stages of construction. I was fascinated by the different floor plans, and trying to figure out why certain things were done. I like to think this experience piqued my curiosity into the world of design and architecture.

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