Chris was elected to College of Fellows, The American Institute of Architects, for outstanding contributions in architectural design and urban design in 1981.

Christopher’s awards throughout the years include the Special Presidential Citation for the 125th Anniversary Year of The American Institute of Architects in 1982, the Silver Medal by the Western Mountain Region of The American Institute of Architects, honoring a distinguished career in architecture in 1991, and the Bronze Medal by the Utah Society of the American Institute of Architects in 1999. James W. Christopher, FAIA James Christopher, FAIA is the Co-Founder of Brixen & Christopher Architects, and remains active in the firm today 

His Master of Architecture degree is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with an emphasis on urban design.

Chris’ professional experience includes an Assistant Professorship in the Department of Architecture at University of Utah, teaching architectural design and related courses from 1956-1963 and as an Adjunct Professor of Architecture in 1985. 

He served as guest lecturer and design critic to schools of Architecture at Montana State University, Mississippi State University, and Texas Tech University.
Chris’ projects at Brixen & Christopher have received numerous regional and national  design awards.  His work has been published nationally and internationally.  

Chris served as secretary, treasurer, president, and director of the Utah chapter of the AIA.  Chris was a member of the AIA National Urban Planning and Design Steering Committee.  He has also served in numerous other capacities, including chairman of R/UDAT National Task Group, chairman of Salt Lake chapter AIA Urban Design Committee, member of Regional Urban Design Assistance Teams in Reno, Nevada and Hillsboro, Oregon, chairman of R/UDAT's in Rockford, Illinois; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Pismo Beach, California; and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.