Christopher Kurrle

Chris, LEED GA, joined Feldman Architecture in 2011, becoming an owner and partner in 2015. With over 20 years of involvement in design and construction across a broad range of project types and scales, his work includes winery, hospitality, and master planning, with an emphasis on single-family custom homes. Chris is adept at realizing all aspects of a project, from the smallest detail to how a building interacts with its environment.

For Chris, “The investigative process provides a structure through which to explore ideas.” His rigorous approach to design supports a dynamic exploration—a merger of art and science—where ideas are examined and carefully resolved to express the fundamental qualities of context and client need. By bringing these two sides of the puzzle together, the solution is grounded yet provides a base for intangible explorations. “The value of a defined process is ultimately to ensure that conceptual ideas result in client-driven, human-centered spaces that are appropriate to their context.”

His work eschews fashion, instead striving for design solutions that aspire to stand the test of time—balancing pragmatism and delight. Signature projects include Woodpecker Ranch, a Woodside Estate, unifying a modern farmhouse exterior and a mid-century modern interior; the Tierwelthaus, which transforms a 1990s ranch house into a modern, maintenance-friendly residence that opens to the hills of Silicon Valley; and a new house and surf shed compound on a cliff, overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Santa Cruz.

Chris leads a number of office initiatives, including staff mentoring and continuing to evolve the firm’s Marketing and Communication endeavors. His award-winning work can be found in numerous publications, both domestically and internationally, including Dwell, Luxe, AD, and Elle Decor, among others. Chris holds degrees in Building Sciences and Architecture from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, and is LEED accredited.