Chris Pemberton, AIA


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Carleton University
Bachelor of Architecture

As President of SCB, Chris Pemberton provides firm-wide leadership while also directing SCB’s San Francisco office, taking an active role in conceptual design and project strategy for the office’s work. Chris chairs the firm’s Design Research and Development Committee, and his experience includes national and international projects ranging from high-rise residential, mixed-use, and office to exhibition and institutional projects.

Since joining SCB in 2004, Chris has led many of the firm’s high-profile west coast projects, including 100 Van Ness, which won ENR’s Best of the Best 2015 across the U.S. in the Residential/Hospitality category. Chris led the design and implementation of AVA 55 Ninth Street, which was awarded a 2014 National Home Builders Association Best in American Living Platinum Award. One Rincon Hill, a 1.25 million-square-foot, 56-story twin tower condominium community comprising more than 700 residential units was the first building to rise after San Francisco relaxed height restrictions, impacting the city’s skyline and evolving its character and regional presence. As a strong example of Chris’ approach to systems integration, One Rincon Hill has several innovative design features including a liquid-tuned mass damper, buckling restrained bracing, and an elegant, unitized curtain wall incorporating integrated vents.

Chris came to SCB from SOM, where he worked in the firm’s London and Chicago offices on a portfolio that included over two million square feet of commercial office space. His diverse experience also includes practicing in Hong Kong as a project architect on large-scale institutional projects, such as the two-million-square-foot Hong Kong Institute of Education Campus and the Canadian International School Campus Development.

A graduate of Carleton University, Chris is a member of Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society for the advancement of land economics; the American Institute of Architects; Urban Land Institute; San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR); and San Francisco Housing Action Coalition. He is also on the editorial advisory board for Building Design + Construction.