March 26, 2021

#7 Roundtable

Christopher is an executive officer and design director of Garde, an international branding and interior design company based in Tokyo. After receiving a Master’s degree and becoming a licensed architect in the United States, he came to Japan in 1997 and worked for Shin Takamatsu Architects in Kyoto, which gave him his first insights into Japanese culture. For over 20 years Chris has lived and worked in Japan, directing several award-winning projects. His experience is rooted in the U.S. and Japan but also spans across Asia through Garde’s various offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai.

Founded in Tokyo in 1985, Garde started out as a design firm that assisted foreign retail brands to establish businesses in the Japan market. Today, Garde currently has approximately 100 employees in 11 offices (Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Milan, Paris, New York, and Los Angeles). The company provides a unique set of design services in the areas of corporate office, retail, residential, hospitality, and mixed-use developments.

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