2011 Recipient | AIA Young Architects Award

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Christopher Herr, AIA

Christopher Herr, AIA | Notes of Interest

Christopher Herr, AIA, is a man of many participations and interests, ranging from playing the horn in a symphony orchestra, to teaching at the university level, to standing as a leader in a design practice that breaks new ground in sustainability and alternative building systems. Perhaps it is through maintaining this balance that Herr has garnered such respect and admiration from his many colleagues and friends to date.

Herr has always been consumed with concepts of sounds and space. Starting off pursuing a degree in Horn performance, he then turned to acoustics. At last he found what he was looking for in architecture, earning a Masters in Architecture from the University of Florida with a specialization in Architectural Acoustics.

Herr co-founded Studio H:T in 2002, a firm at which he still serves as principal. Herr describes the firm as a fruitful collaboration-- one that values exploration, contribution, research, teaching, and above all, design. Indeed, the firm's outlook holds research and innovation as crucial parts of design, all of it a way to create places and functionality that serve people and enrich their lives. Its success is very clearly shown through its 21 design awards thus far, including two national awards and 19 AIA Awards in the last five years.

Additionally, Herr, a certified LEED AP, has engineered the firm to contain like-minded individuals who value green initiatives. The firm promotes low-tech solutions and makes educating clients about green building a top priority. The projects boast green technologies including green roofs, solar hot water systems, photovoltaics, modular construction with reduced factory waste, engineered passive solar strategies, greywater systems, and energy efficient fixtures for both lighting and plumbing.

Herr holds important the idea of helping and fostering the creativity of young people who are interested in the power of architecture. As a result, his firm is involved in high school intern programs, job shadow programs, and strong intern mentoring.

Christopher Herr, AIA

Herr's community involvement stretches into many different arenas: he participates in the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Medicine Horse program, Habitat for Humanity, and the Feed Denver program. He is also a member of Architects and Planners of Boulder, which is a community activist group that provides opinion and insight to the city staff and council as they shape public policy.

Last but certainly not least, Herr serves as adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado at Denver and the University of Colorado at Boulder. Along with his business partner, Brad Tomecek, Herr introduced a widely-recognized Design-Build Studio, the results of which have received awards in both the state and region for their design and execution.


  • Photo Credit: © Studio H:T, Inc.

Christopher Herr, AIA

Christopher Herr, AIA

Jury Comments

Chris's commitment to the profession of architecture is evident in his dedication to teaching young minds, lecturing and presenting both locally and regionally, and through his active and continuous involvement with the AIA.

Herr's incorporation of innovative design and contruction techniques is supplemented by his unique teaching methodologies. It seems he has a keen skill for passing on his passion and the work ethic required to produce such good design.

2011 AIA Young Architects Award Jury

  • 2010 Chancellor:
  • Edward J. Kodet, Jr., FAIA
  • Kodet Architectural Group, Ltd.
  • Minneapolis
  • 2010 Vice Chancellor:
  • Chester A. Widom, FAIA
  • WWCOT Architecture & Interiors
  • Santa Monica, Calif.
  • 2010 Bursar:
  • Norman L. Koonce, FAIA
  • McLean, Va.
  • Secretary:
  • Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, FACHA
  • HKS, Inc.
  • Dallas
  • 2011 Incoming Bursar:
  • William J. Stanley, FAIA
  • Stanley Love-Stanley, PC
  • Atlanta

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