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CHRISTINE ROBBINS-ELROD

5G Studio Collaborative

SAY IT LOUD - TEXAS Exhibitor
Texas Based Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?
 
The architects who I work with every day inspire me, and it inspires me to work on projects that will contribute positively to a community and to people’s lives. There are so many other architects whose work and efforts to help others inspire me.

CHRISTINE ROBBINS-ELROD

Bio:

The great architect, Christine a 2005 graduate of the UT Austin School of Architecture. Joined 5G in 2006 and has since become a Principal in the studio of 70 people. She supervises the performance of architects on projects of various typologies and complexities up to $110 million in construction value. Her projects have won numerous design awards and been widely published. A believer in the higher purpose of architecture, Christine has crafted sustainable buildings that included a LEED Platinum certification.

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I first learned about architecture in elementary school when I was fascinated with buildings. At that time, my two top career choices were architect or archaeologist – then the idea of becoming an architect stuck, and I never wavered after that!

What do you do?

As a Principal, I oversee and manage a variety of project types, including hospitality, office, and healthcare projects and project pursuits. I lead sustainable design efforts at 5G and have been the LEED consultant for a number of projects.

What excites you in the work you do?

Problem solving excites me, and I enjoy implementing strategies to make projects more sustainable. Managing unique projects (e.g., historically significant adaptive reuse projects, Texas’ first freestanding emergency care facility) also excites me.

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The architects who I work with every day inspire me, and it inspires me to work on projects that will contribute positively to a community and to people’s lives. There are so many other architects whose work and efforts to help others inspire me.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

Seeing the professional growth of younger architects whose work I’ve managed makes me feel proud. I also take pride in how my problem solving and communication skills have grown and evolved to help me make the projects that I manage more successful.

Featured Project Name: 

Legacy ER - Allen

Featured Project Location: 

Allen, Texas

Featured Project Completion Date: 

2014

Role in Featured Project: 

Project Architect and Manager

 

Featured Project Description:

Legacy ER operates a state-licensed, freestanding emergency medical care services. The building profile extrapolated the conventional residential roof planes and was given a new tectonic grammar to drive its programmatic transformation around the building. Natural daylight and outdoor views penetrate through the building membranes and elucidate the intersecting tectonic moments between the exterior and interior. The project has won 9 total local, state, national, and international design awards.

Photography Credit:

Michael Moran/OTTO