1/2009 – Present: Christopher McMahan Architect, Inc. - President
Formed architectural design and planning practice based on innovation and sustainable design for new and existing private development and nonprofit clients. Consulting with Fletcher Thompson in RI.
1/2012 – 4/2014: Fletcher Thompson Architecture Engineering, LLC – Principal
Provides leadership for NYC office and Rhode Island practice through management, business development, and design leadership. Provides strategic vision and goal implementation firm wide. Manages/mentors staff, hiring five architects over two years. Conducts annual reviews, matches salary increases to performance. Design Principal for new $70 million residential life campus.
10/2007 - 1/2009: Steffian Bradley Architects, Boston, MA - Principal
Led business development in regional markets for higher education and commercial development sectors. Contributed to strategic planning initiatives by defining actionable and measurable goals for mission/vision and business development objectives.
8/1992 - 7/2007: Robinson Green Beretta Corp. Providence, RI - Vice President, '03;
Associate, '98; Design Architect, '92.
Led strategic planning initiatives defining goals and implementation. Provided extensive client management with senior owner/managers. Led design teams and managed client development: coordinated internal operations with project managers, architects, and interior designers on multiple projects in all phases.
5/1988 - 8/1992: William Kite Architects, Inc. Providence, RI - Project Architect
Coordinated residential and institutional projects as Project Architect for program development; planning and feasibility studies; building design and presentation; client, consultant, and construction management coordination; design/zoning agency review; schematic through construction document team management; and interior design.
9/1987 - 5/1988: Cannon Boston. Boston, MA - Project Designer
Project Designer for $1.3 mil sf RI Convention Center, mixed-use development – Schematic phase; and various projects for Boston University that included design and presentation to owner, city agencies, and coordination with design team.
2/1987 - 9/1987: Cannon/Yan. New York, NY - Project Designer
Project Designer for Hull, MA Town Center, large-scale mixed-use development.
8/1984 - 2/1987: Buck/Cane Architects. New York, NY - Design/Drafts
Design studies and details for high rise mixed-use development in NYC.
6/13 - Present: IFMA New York City chapter – (M) professional member
6/09 - Present: LEED Accredited Professional BD+C 0A97F8993C
1/12 - Present: University of the State of NY, Education Dept, Architect License 035347
11/07- Present: Urban Land Institute – New York Council 394074
7/00 - Present: Mass Div Professional Licensure Architectural License 10783
3/00 - Present: NCARB Registration 52473
6/94 - Present: American Institute of Architects member 30089764
9/91 - Present: RI Board of Registration Architectural License 1978
10-13: Veterans Memorial Auditorium Foundation; Vice President
09-13: New England Foundation for the Arts, Board Member
02-09: RI State Council on the Arts, Board Director; Council Chairman ’04 – May ‘09
2002: RISD Student Life Housing Neighborhood Advisory Committee
01-03: Providence Preservation Society, Trustee
01-09: RI Citizens for the Arts, Board Director; Co-Chair, Artist’s Space Initiative
00-08: RI Philharmonic Orchestra, Board Director; Executive Committee; Board Resources Committee; chair, Education Committee; 2006: Board of Overseers
99-00: Transforming Providence: A Civic Discussion on Design, Founder; Chairman
97-00: The Music School, Inc., Board Director; Board President, '99
02/13 Long Island City Chamber of Commerce, “Place-making + Economic Development”
01/13 Sperry Van Ness Conference: “New Providence Group: Strategies for Asset Turnaround”
04/11 CCRI Conference Panelist, "We Talk about Architecture, Architecture Talks Back"
10/10 Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel, Village Development Plan, Exeter RI
5/08: Rhode Island Historic Preservation + Heritage Commission Award – Rosedale Landing
2/06: RI Arts + Business Council 2006 Arts Advocate Award, with U.S. Congressional Citation
11/05: National Association of State Arts Agencies, Leadership Conference
10/03 “The PPS/AIAri Guide to Providence Architecture”, Steering Committee chairman
11/03: Providence Preservation Society, President’s Award
12/03: RI AIA 2003 Executive Committee Award for Outstanding Service to the Chapter
8/02: Masonry Institute, Golden Trowel Award: Courtyard by Marriott, Providence
5/02: Providence Journal, editorial page, “A Building that Transmits Meaning”
3/02: CEFPI: “The Town/Gown relationship: Where the Edges Are” campus master plan issues
11/00: AIA/RI Citation for Contributions to the Advancement of Architecture in the State
Rhode Island School of Design
2011: Part-time faculty, Dept. Interior Architecture, Sophomore Studio
09-10: Guest Juror, degree projects
88-00: Guest Juror, multiple design studios and degree projects
99: Part-time faculty, Dept. Interior Architecture, Sophomore Studio
Rhode Island School of Design
1984, B. ARCH