ARCHRYSALIS is an award winning multidisciplinary architecture, interior, landscape, and planning studio found in 2009.

Archrysalis’ design approach focuses on the duality of built form and the natural environment. The studio believes in experimentation and research and is committed to innovation, function, and sustainability. Centered within this research, Archrysalis interweaves new technologies, fabrication methods, and materials to create environments which are stimulating and contemporary. Archrysalis creates forms to inspire, approaching each project, regardless of size & scale, with an understanding that architecture influences lifestyle and society.

ARCHRYSALIS is detailed orientated. Each project is uniquely designed and adapted to the characteristics of the site and the lifestyle of its user.

Archrysalis works within a disciplined framework, focusing on client satisfaction; balancing function, aesthetics, budget, and schedule.

Archrysalis provides all design services, from concept to realization, working at multiple project scales, from furniture to urban proposals. Archrysalis has worked on projects in North America, Europe and Asia and works with both private, public and corporate clients; including developers, boutique businesses, and families.





Chris was born in Charleston, WV and studied architecture at Virginia Tech where he received his Bachelor of Architecture. While at Virginia Tech, he studied at the Center for European Studies in Ticino, Switzerland, the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center in Washington, DC, and was selected to the International Architectural Education Exchange at the École Nationale Supérieure D’ Architecture de Paris-La Villette’.  He completed the Metropolitan Research and Design (mr+D) program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and received his Master of Architecture.

Christopher began working at Caples Jefferson Architects in New York City and worked on various award winning public and residential projects throughout the five boroughs. He later worked for Shubin and Donaldson Architects in Los Angeles, working on numerous nationally recognized commercial and residential projects before starting Archrysalis.

Architectural Designer



Amarja was born in Mumbai, India where she did most of her schooling. She studied architecture at Oxford Brookes University in the UK, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture Honors degree. During her time in the UK she travelled extensively throughout Europe and did the Erasmus/ Socrates exchange program at Bauhaus Universitat in Weimar, Germany.  She attended the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), where she received a Master of Architecture degree.

Amarja returned to Mumbai to work at award winning Group 7 Architects, where she focused on design competitions and urban research projects.  After graduating from SCI-Arc, Amarja practiced at Culver architects in Los Angeles and worked principally on residential projects around the city. Amarja later practiced at Shubin and Donaldson Architects, where she worked on a range of residential and commercial projects before starting Archrysalis.