SXSW Eco Advisory Board - Chris Garvin
Partner | Terrapin

Chris Garvin is an accomplished practitioner and active voice in the sustainable design community. Since moving to New York in 1998, he has specialized in environmental architecture and materials research, while serving on numerous advisory boards and in organizations that advocate for sustainability in design.

An integral contributor to Terrapin’s development, Chris was named a Partner in 2008. He serves as a project lead for many of Terrapin’s consulting engagements while also actively involved at COOKFOX Architects, where he is a Senior Associate. His interests include high-performance design at both the building and community scale, zero energy communities, biomimicry, biophilia, and data analytics.

Complementing his work at Terrapin, Chris lectures frequently on sustainable design and has taught at the Pratt Institute’s Center for Professional Practice. He also advises several organizations on sustainability issues, including the National Building Museum and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Urban Green Council, the New York chapter of the US Green Building Council, and on the Advisory Board for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Office of LongTerm Planning and Sustainability.

Chris received a Bachelor of Architecture degree with honors from Carnegie Mellon University, where he worked with noted professor Vivian Loftness and spent a year at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale in Lausanne, Switzerland. He and his husband, Todd Sears, live in Manhattan.