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Christopher Moller CV

Christopher Moller
B.Arch SBA RIBA architect/urbanist

Partner, S333 Architecture + Urbanism.

Born in New Zealand in 1961, he studied Industrial Design before qualifying in architecture in 1984 at Auckland University. He gained experience on urban and architectural projects in New Zealand, and at the same time was Secretary for the Wellington Architecture Centre involved in saving buildings, and changing attitudes to urban policy. Later he worked as an architect in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, and then worked in the Netherlands as senior urbanist for the City of Groningen.

His main roll as partner within S333 has been the initiation of major urban projects and competitions and to generate new forms of collaboration between organisations and consultants. He brings to the practice his broad experience as project and design architect in New Zealand, Hong Kong and the UK, as well as his comprehensive Planning and Urban Design experience in both the UK (for Terry Farrell and Partners) and in the Netherlands (for Groningen City Council), where he was responsible for major developments including; 600 hactare restructuring of Zuid-Oost Industrial Area; 50 hactare Europapark Urban Redevelopment Plan with Wiel Arets (including new railway station, Football Stadium & entertainment complex, office and residential uses); 25 hactare Central Station Redevelopment Plan with Kees Christiansee currently under construction; ‘Blue Moon’ cultural festival Project with Toyo Ito (including collaboration of international architects, artists, and cultural organisations for August 2001). He also initiated in Groningen an innovative international lecture and workshop series titled ‘Opening the Envelope’ in 1995 to shift thinking current urban planning techniques and processes to cope with the challenges of ‘changing global conditions’ in the 21st century. This led to the ‘Groningen Experiment’ research project with Prof. John Frazer to develop a prototype computer modeling tool to explore potentialurban futures .

He is currently responsible for the realisation of the Urban Development Plan for the new town centre of Nieuw Vennep, the Urban Design Guidelines for One North in Singapore, the Tram Regeneration Framework for the City of Groningen in the Netherlands, and the ‘Oldham Beyond’ regeneration project in Manchester. Also working on two research projects, ‘INFRA-NODES’ exploring networked nodes embedded within the domain of infrastructure for the city of Groningen, and ‘the Evolutionary Towers’ a tall building design research project together with Prof. John Frazer.

He has taught at the Post Graduate Housing and Urbanism Unit, Architectural Association in London since 1995, and has written for publications such as ‘Transforming Cities’ urban research investigating Rio de Janiero’s Favelas 1998 –2001. He was International Juror for Europan in the UK in 2001 and Portugal in 2003.