Christopher John Pride Collins, Principal
Registered Architect (RA)
Member, American Institute of Architects (AIA)
National Collegiate Architecture Registration Boards Certificate Holder (NCARB)
US Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEEDAP)
When I reflect back on my childhood, I realize how my activities point to what I would do as a career. Since I was a small child, I was always building. Wood blocks, Lego, cardboard, wood scraps, blankets, whatever medium was in front of me I molded into a building. I loved to construct, and to watch buildings as they were raised. I was constantly involved in some sort of construction project in my parent’s yard that evolved over time. In my seventh grade mechanical drawing class, I completed three drawings a day when other students were completing one a week. I have always been interested in technology, particularly how it could be used to visualize space. I questioned why buildings are energy consumers and not energy producers.
When it came time to go to college, I thought, “Let me see what this Architecture thing is all about.” I was in the program one month, and knew there was nothing else I wanted to do. My goals were set: Get my Bachelors of Architecture, obtain a license to practice Architecture, and start my own firm. This is how the firm came into existence.
We have been in business since 2002; working on creating exciting buildings and dynamic spaces. In 2009, I decided to expand into Green Building Design and became a LEED accredited professional. Few people get the opportunity to do what they love as a career; I live it every day.
“Find something you love and you will never work a day in your life” – Confucius