Christopher grew up in Phoenix and after a two-year stint studying painting and sculpture at the University of Colorado he returned to Arizona to enroll in the architecture program in Tucson. He met his future wife at the UofA (Sara Rivard), follower her to Kansas City, then to San Francisco, (where his first children were born). then back to Kansas City (because raising children in the Bay Area seemed daunting). Professionally, Christopher was involved in aviation projects early in his career with Burns and McDonnell. The move to San Francisco led to Gordon Chong to work on airport expansions and improvements, as well as two post offices. For ten years at Gould Evans he focused on higher education, student housing, and museums. He operated his own firm from 2007 to 2015 when he took a position at Hoefer Wysocki where he now heads the commercial projects studio.