Chris Avanzino

Chris Avanzino

Project Architect

When Chris was eight, he and his family would visit Tahoe. But it wasn’t the lake they were exploring; it was the houses under construction. Seeing the structure and unique design of each house sparked Chris’ interest. He loved the idea of creating spaces for people to experience and enjoy. Those “people”? Initially, Chris’ parents, who had the pleasure of their own personal architect drawing “dream home” floor plans and elevations. Although Chris launched his architecture career from his folks kitchen table, he eventually decided to share his talents with the rest of us.

Chris’ favorite part of being an architect is solving complex problems and seeing them realized in physical form. His current work includes the Sacramento State Student Union North Expansion and the Santa Clara South County Animal Shelter. Being able to experience a space he played a part in designing is really exciting to Chris. That, and sour candy. He says the intensity of flavor makes for an amazing sensory event (and some really angry taste buds).

“Three things I can’t get enough of? My family; food (especially sandwiches…is that a type of food?); and fun/crazy socks which are a window to my soul (and you thought it was the eyes – nah!). I’m generally laid back, calm, cool and collected, but if you look closely enough (ie: the socks), you may get a glimpse of the extrovert!”

Bachelor of Arts, Communications
San Francisco State University

Master of Architecture
NewSchool of Architecture and Design

American Institute of Architects, East Bay Chapter Member