Chris from Part9Design came by a while ago for new photos for his website. Photoshoots like this one remind me why I love my job so much. Chris and I hit it off immediately, we found so much to talk about I almost had to remind myself to take some photos!
Here’s Chris from his About page:
It started early. My father built homes. I was exposed to home building sites as a kid, learning the basics through high school drafting and had the first house of my own design and drafting built before starting university. By the time I’d graduated from the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Architecture, Bachelor of Environmental Studies (now Environmental Design) I had already been designing built homes for four years. I thought becoming an architect was my path… but after briefly working for an architect in Calgary, I abandoned design entirely. It just wasn’t for me.
It was a few years before I came around to the idea that a career in design was still a possibility, and an understanding that I still loved designing homes – the small scale stuff, and just did not like working on the scale of buildings that ‘Architecture’ focuses on. With the caring encouragement of two old friends who are now both architects, I picked up the design bug again and accepted a position at Dominion Lumber designing homes for a few home builders in the late ’90s. That progressed to Star Building Materials with a few staff (Qualico Corporation), then a small design firm for three years before striking out on my own by founding part9design in the fall of 2009.