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Dr. Chris Ford, Ph.D., A.M.ASCE

Stanford University


Chris is a design professional, design educator, and design researcher in the areas of both Architecture and Infrastructure design.

Upon graduating with his Master of Architecture from North Carolina State University, Chris worked in the offices of Richard Meier & Partners (New York), Rick Joy Architects (Tucson) and Rob Paulus Architects (Tucson). Projects assisted or managed include residential (single and multi-family), commercial and infrastructural typologies.

After teaching as a lecturer at the University of Arizona, Chris joined the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska as fulltime faculty. He regularly taught undergraduate and graduate design studios including the NAAB Comprehensive Project, elective courses in Design Methodology and Modern Craft, and advised Design Thesis. In Spring 2013, Chris coordinated the "London | 2013" Program where his research prompted coursework on Hybridized Urban Infrastructures. In 2015, Chris resigned as a tenured Associate Professor to pursue a PhD in Mechanical Engineering.

Chris is currently a PhD Candidate at Stanford University in the Mechanical Engineering Design Group and is advised by Professor Larry Leifer, PhD. As a Research coordinator in the Stanford Center for Design Research, Chris spearheads a new initiative titled “Resilience Design Research” which uses Design Thinking as a research method for next-generation, resilient solutions for the built environment. This initiative includes research interests in both urban and suburban contexts. Additionally, this initiative has also yielded a teaching consortium that links faculty between Stanford University, Tongji University and Columbia University.

Chris is a licensed architect in the State of North Carolina and maintains memberships with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).