Chris joined Koch Hazard Architects on February 18, 1991. Prior to starting at Koch Hazard Architects, Chris graduated with a Bachelor in Architecture degree from Montana State University in 1977. His first job out of college was with Harrison G. Fagg & Associates and he left shortly after to start the Schiltz & O’Leary Architecture firm in Billings, Montana. After Schiltz & O’Leary, Chris worked at Baldridge & Associates for five years before finding a more permanent home with Koch Hazard.
Chris had seven projects win AIA South Dakota Design awards including, Grace Lutheran Church, Beulah Williams Library (NSU), Memorial Student Union (NSU), 1888 Barn (City of Sioux Falls), Technology Center (NSU), Sioux Falls Regional Airport and Vance Thompson Vision. The Technology Center also earned a Learning by Design award in the outstanding building category and Jackrabbit Village won an SDRMA Award.
“I have known and worked with Chris since 1991. Chris has not only provided great professional services to the school districts I have worked for, but he has become and trusted and dear friend,” said Tom Oster, Sioux Valley School District Superintendent.
Chris retires after 23 years with the company.