I believe architects have a responsibility to teach the tangible and intangible capabilities of architecture.
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA
Christopher Kroner believes that design is for everyone and sees architecture as a daily practice of outreach. His work explores ways of regenerating the urban fabric using both new construction and adaptive reuse.
When he joined MASS Design Group in 2017, Christopher co-founded the Hudson Valley Design Lab in Poughkeepsie, where he leads multidisciplinary teams in building networks within communities in need. In addition to overseeing Poughkeepsie-based community outreach, Christopher leads design projects as a Principal at MASS. He recently completed a USGBC LEED Certified Office and Shop Building for the Hudson Valley Farm Hub (Kingston, NY) and currently leads the design of the Youth Opportunity Union (Poughkeepsie, NY).
Christopher’s urban design work has garnered notable recognition. In 2023, his team’s proposal for the redesign of Franklin Park (Boston, MA) was described as “thoughtful” and “poetic”, and received the Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award in Analysis and Planning. In 2021, the National Canadian LGBTQ2+ Monument (Ottawa, ON), designed under Christopher’s leadership and in collaboration with artist Stephen Andrews, was shortlisted by the Department of Canadian Heritage.
Outside of MASS, Christopher serves as a design consultant for the Poughkeepsie Planning Board and volunteers on a number of community and regional coalitions. He has taught architectural and urban design at leading institutions worldwide, including Columbia University and the Pratt Institute. In 2022, Chris served as an option studio guest critic at the University of Virginia.
Christopher holds a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, where he received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize. He received a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, where he received the Sean Steele-Nicholson Memorial Award.