Affiliations: AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana native Chris Bankston discovered his passion for architecture at a young age, while family vacations around the country and overseas expanded his early appreciation for both historic and modern architectural expressions. He became fascinated with the interplay of space and detail, and with the potential for continuous improvement through design.
Today, this energy and insight are part of a creative approach that balances client needs with the particulars of each site, environmental considerations and budget realities. He loves seeing his designs mature from concept sketches to detailed drawings, and watching the actual buildings perform beyond the expectations of his clients is the ultimate reward.
Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Louisiana State University in 1994 and began working for a design build firm. In 1998 he moved to a local design firm where he went on to serve as studio manager. He joined the firm in 2006 and became a partner the following year.
Chris is highly engaged with the advancement of the profession outside of the studio. For instance, he is a founder and past chairman of the Louisiana Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and served as chair of its Green Schools Committee. He was among the first architects in Louisiana to be accredited through the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program. He also served as the USGBC LA Southcentral regional representative for Louisiana where he worked towards the development of regional LEED criteria. In 2015, he was awarded the 2016 Legacy Award for his contributions to the community and for founding the USGBC LA Chapter, and in 2016 Chris rejoined the Board of Directors in celebration of the Chapters 10th Anniversary.
Chris volunteers as a Green School Mentor and has participated in the USGBC Green School Challenge where his school (Greenville Leadership Academy) has placed in first and second place in the Middle School category for the past several years, and in 2016 was nominated to be placed among “The Best of Green Schools in America” under the Student Leadership Category.
Chris is highly involved with the design and development of Educational facilities. He is a co-founder and has served on the Board of Directors for A4LE (Associations for Learning Environments), formally known as the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI), Louisiana Chapter as Vice President and President.
Of course, he still makes time for his family whether juggling his son’s golf practice and tournaments or the occasional family vacation. He enjoys playing guitar and bass and participating in the rich regional heritage of Mardi Gras traditions where he is the 2017 President and serves as a lieutenant in a Mardi Gras Krewe. He also has served his community as the chair of the Hammond Historic Commission, member of the Board of Directors for the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center and member of the Hammond Regional Arts Center.
Major Projects Worked On
- Joseph B. Lancaster Elementary School
- Louisiana Workforce Commission Addition
- Robert C. Brooks Educational Complex
- Supreme Chevrolet - Addition and Renovation
- New Live Oak High School
- Prairieville Middle School - Renovations and Additions
- Hammond High Magnet School: Prostart Culinary Facility
- Live Oak Jr. High School Addition and Renovation
- Pearl River High School Renovations