Christopher Roach

Christopher A. Roach is a San Francisco based architect and urbanist with over 15 years of experience in the profession and a deep commitment to both the craft and the intellectual ambition of architecture.  He is founder and principal of Studio VARA, a San Francisco-based practice working at the intersection of architecture and urbanism, and has engaged with a wide range of projects types, from custom residences and affordable housing to commercial offices and academic institutions.  He holds a Bachelor of Architecture with Honors from the University of Texas at Austin, and Master of Architecture in Urban Design with distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.  Christopher received several awards for his work at Harvard, including the Urban Design Thesis Prize and the Gerald M. McCue Medal.  In addition to his forthcoming book Edutopias: The Utopian Geography of Education, Christopher co-authored The Networked Practice with Jarrad Morgan and RioOlympics with Victor Muñoz Sanz, and has written for several publications including On Site and the ASLA blog Dirt. He is a long-time member of SPUR and an adjunct professor of architecture at CCA, where he teaches studios and seminars in the MArch and BArch programs.  Christopher is co-coordinator of the URBANlab with Neeraj Bhatia.