Staff and Board
A native of Maryland, Myers is a LEED accredited professional architect and urban designer with a broad ranging background and breadth of experience in Chattanooga and the Southeast. Eric has been practicing architecture and urban design for over 20 years. He founded an urban design and architecture firm with a wide variety of project types including, housing projects, commercial retail and office projects, healthcare facilities, historic preservation efforts, urban design structure plans, and new community design. Eric holds a bachelor of architecture degree from the University of Tennessee.
Eric is currently serving on the Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise Board of Directors. He is the immediate past president of Cornerstones, Inc. and past president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Myers also recently served a 2014 to 2017 appointment to the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission. Myers lives in North Chattanooga with his wife, Anna Louise and their two children.
Roy is an urbanist with more than twenty years experience in design, development, preservation, and community engagement. Roy brings a broad, humanistic approach to downtown placemaking.
Prior to joining the Studio, Roy worked in China, the Caribbean, and Nashville. Much of his career was spent in his home state of New Mexico, where he started or managed several community development organizations, in addition to running his own urban design practice. Roy has led or participated in numerous downtown revitalization plans, preservation plans, and community economic development efforts.
Roy holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.Arch. from the University of Virginia.
Ryan, a native of Los Angeles, California, moved to Chattanooga to become the Urban Designer for the Studio. Prior to this he earned a BS in Landscape Architecture from the University of California at Davis and received his MSc. in City Planning and Regeneration from the University of Glasgow in the United Kingdom.
Ryan’s work experience has ranged from positions as an Assistant Landscape Architect at UC Davis, where every project had a focus on alternative transportation and sustainable design, to researching the effectiveness of regional planning systems for the Scottish Government. His professional focus is using design and planning to improve quality of life and the ‘sense of place’ within a community.
Christian Sinclair Rushing was a founder and the first executive director of The Chattanooga Design Studio. He died Wednesday, February 1, 2017, after a two-year struggle with gall bladder cancer. In many ways, The Chattanooga Design Studio will be a perpetual memorial to Christian’s leadership, his vision, and his unwavering courage. He will live forever within the influence of the lives that he touched and his efforts in urban design. Christian will always be remembered as a great leader who led with great charm.
Christian believed that good design is for everyone. He also believed in the power of collective will and collaborative visioning. He held a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s degree from Auburn University. Christian led and contributed heavily in several urban design visioning processes in Chattanooga and other cities in the US for two decades. He moderated River City Company’s Urban Design Challenge, created the Urban Design Studio Retrospective, and served as lead consultant for Chattanooga’s City Center Plan. Christian was Senior Planner in Chattanooga’s former Downtown Planning & Design Studio for five years and in 2005 he was a founding principal of the planning firm, Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson. He also designed and developed the LEED award-winning Madison Street homes in 2008.
Christian’s weekly writings instilled many faithful readers with hope and joy while providing an infusion of his opinions and a glimpse into his extraordinary character. But he was more than a talented writer, with a personality larger than the South, his river of life and love were filled by design, sports, cooking and above all his family. He was an enthusiastic chef often testing the genius of the likes of Escoffier and Henderson.
The Chattanooga Design Studio is forever indebted to Christian Rushing’s efforts and talents. It is with Christian’s memory that we recall the connection of life which binds us all and further reminds us to cherish the virtues of urban design that are rooted in human liberty and human happiness.
Christian’s self-written obituary may be read here.
- Ethan Collier
- Kelly Fitzgerald
- Lisa Flint
- Jeff Pfitzer
- Stacy Richardson
- Virginia Anne Sharber
- Rob Taylor
- Macon Toledano
- Kim White