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I believe architects have a responsibility to teach the tangible and intangible capabilities of architecture.

Chris Kroner

Principal
Poughkeepsie, NY, USA

Originally from Virginia, Chris garnered his Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Virginia, and after working for the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., he completed his Master of Architecture degree from Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). There he received the Lucille Smyser Lowenfish Memorial Prize.

Prior to working at MASS Design Group's Hudson Valley Office, he worked as an associate partner with Dean/Wolf Architects where he conducted a series of award-winning projects in all stages of design and construction. “Restless Response: Emergency Medical Station 50” at Queens Hospital garnered the American Architecture Prize Gold Medal in Institutional Architecture in 2016, and the station was featured in Architectural Record in March 2017. Additionally, “Ephemeral Edge House,” a rural retreat home south of Albany won a Progressive Architecture Award in 2012 and a New York City AIA Honor Award in 2019.

Stemming from his career in award-winning architectural design practice, Chris remains committed to design education, serving as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Urban Design at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Preservation and Planning, as well as in the Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design program. Through teaching urban design, Chris first met and joined MASS to co-found the Hudson Valley Design Lab in 2017. He moved to the Hudson Valley to convert his architectural and urban design teaching into practice as a revolutionary and immersive model of listening and engagement. The design lab has become a thinktank for pioneering community design practice in American "Fringe Cities.” He sees architecture and design as a daily practice of outreach, showcasing adaptive reuse and new buildings both as coalition building methods to boundary span across multiple interests and regenerate urban fabric. In addition to design work, he leads all Poughkeepsie based community outreach work, serves as a design consultant to the Poughkeepsie Planning Board, and volunteers on a number of community and regional coalitions.