Staff and Board
A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Christian has spent his career practicing urban design in Chattanooga. Having served as Senior Planner in Chattanooga’s former Downtown Planning & Design Studio from 1999 to 2005, he became a founding principal of Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson in 2005. In 2008 he designed and developed the award-winning Madison Street project — the first LEED Platinum homes in Tennessee. He later went on to establish Studio C.Rushing, an urban design consulting firm in 2011. In that capacity he moderated River City Company’s Urban Design Challenge, created the Urban Design Studio Retrospective, served as lead consultant for Chattanooga’s City Center Plan, and has led downtown and riverfront planning processes across the country.
In addition to his consulting work Christian served as the design principal in a design+build partnership with Collier Construction and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga teaching architecture history. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, and a master’s degree from Auburn University.
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.
- Ethan Collier
- Kelly Fitzgerald
- Lisa Flint
- Mitch Patel
- Jeff Pfitzer
- Stacy Richardson
- Christian Rushing
- Virginia Anne Sharber
- Rob Taylor
- Macon Toledano
- Kim White