Chris started as a professional Ski-Jumper until the age of 19 before switching his focus on Architecture. The connection to a natural environment and the importance of a balanced relation between humans and nature remained a core foundation of his work. Chris' education started in Innsbruck/Austria where he was also teaching classes at the Institute for experimental Architecture. Hochbau under Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects) and Kjetil Thorsen (Snohetta). He graduated with honours from the Technical University of Vienna 2013.
Before he founded 'penda' together with his partner Sun Dayong in 2013, Chris was the founder and Director of "Prechteck". Chris has won numerous national and international awards in Architecture and Design, including the “Emerging Firm of the Year” Award from Architzer, ‘Chinese Architects of the year 2015”, the A+Award 2015 for best Residential Project, AD’s Top100, the "Interior Design Award" in 2014 and the "German Tile-Award 2013”. His office penda was also ranked as number 37 on dezeen’s H otlist 400 of the Worlds Best Architects. This makes it the 3rd highest ranked Chinese Firm and first ranked Austrian Architecture Studio!
Chris’ gives frequently interviews to work worldwide leading Newspapers and TV Channels, like the Financial Time, the
Huffington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, and his work is published in design related magazines like Frame Magazine, Mark Magazine, Dezeen, Architizer, Wired or Arch-daily. His office is ranked first at Archipreneurs list of “Architectural Start-ups of 2016” and is named on architizer’s list of “Top 10 Architecture Firms to follow in 2017”.