Christian Hurttienne Architects is a boutique, Detroit-based architecture firm that offers a wide range of services custom-fit to our clients’ needs. Our partnership and staff has been curated to provide a depth of experience ranging from financing and regulatory advice, interior and exterior design, construction detailing, construction administration, and graphic communication. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded approach to architecture, which we bring to bear on programs for multi-family, mixed-use, and commercial buildings, both through new construction and the adaptive re-use of existing, often historic, structures.
The firm principal, Brian Hurttienne, has been an active architect in the City of Detroit for the past 30 years. Additionally, Brian has served as the Executive Director of the Villages Community Development Corporation, and as the Economic Development Director for Jefferson East, Inc. Mr. Christian is accomplished in architecture and design, with a construction background. His experience in Detroit, as well as Washington D.C. and Denver brings a depth of construction knowledge to our practice.
In addition to our architectural practice, our partnership has expanded to include financing and developing our own projects, as well as the creation of our construction firm, Christian Hurttienne Construction. This expansion has offered us new opportunities to participate in the development of the City of Detroit, and work towards our goal of improving the social condition of the people who interact with and inhabit the environments we help create.
Brian Hurttienne, AIA, Principal
Brian has been practicing in the design and construction industries since 1981 in various capacities, firms, and locations around the country. Brian founded CHA with his partner, Chris, in response to the changing dynamics of our city and region. He guides the firm in projects ranging from single and multi-family residential design, renovations, energy efficiency implementations, and interiors.
Christopher Christian, AIA, Principal
Chris has been practicing in the design and construction industries since 1997in various different capacities, firms, and locations around the country. Chris founded CHA with his partner, Brian, in response to the changing dynamic of our city and region. He directs design and manages all projects, assuring the firm's forward-thinking, innovative trajectory, and superior attention to quality.
Roger Van Tol, Associate
Roger believes that good design is rooted in concept, and that it not only serves the mundane task, but is also an expression of imagination, culture, aesthetics, and emotion. His passion for design extends beyond the architectural realm, and invades the design of furniture, lighting, installation, and mixed media arts.
Nathan Wight, Architect
Nathan has been working in the architecture and construction industries since 2006. Having worked for architects in New York City, and a developer/general contractor in Philadelphia, he has a broad set of skills and experience in architectural design and construction detailing.
Michael Sklenka, Associate
Michael is an architectural designer who specializes in graphic representation and visual communication within the design community. Michael also runs an ecologically sustainable clothing label, and has a broad interest in developing sustainable design practices.
Christopher Góngora, Associate
Chris is a designer with a special interest in architecture history, theory and criticism as a guide for contemporary design logic. Knowing "why" things are can help us produce better results for the future.