Chris-Annmarie Spencer

Chris-Ann, Jamaican by birth, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies from the Caribbean School of Architecture at the University of Technology in 1998. Shortly after receiving her degree, her family relocated to Massachusetts and in 2001 she moved to Chicago to attend the University of Illinois at Chicago. During her studies there, Chris-Ann spent a semester in Rome studying historical design and its application to contemporary design.

During graduate school, she interned at Xavier Vendrell Studio and Worn Jerabek Architects working on single family residences and landscape projects. Before graduating in 2004 with a Master of Architecture, she was awarded several design and academic merit scholarships, a teaching assistant position, and was nominated for the SOM and Schiff Foundation fellowships. In 2004, Chris-Ann was awarded the Martin Roche Fellowship for Independent Study which allowed her to travel to and continue her studies of urban and housing strategies for South African cities.

Chris-Ann has served as Project Architect for renovations of residences in Glencoe and Chicago. She has worked on an award winning project for Inspiration Kitchens and the Chicago region’s only high school for students with Learning Differences. Most recently, she was the Project Architect for the Noble Mansueto High School on the Southwest side of Chicago.

In 2008, Chris-Ann and her husband Grant Gibson, an architect at Garafolo Architects won third place in the White House Redux Competition. In 2012, Chris-Annmarie was recognized as a local innovator by the Chicago Urban League during their Economic Empowerment Summit. In 2013, she presented the work of WKA at the invitation of Public Architecture in San Francisco. In 2014, Chris-Annmarie spoke on the Inspiration Kitchens project during Neocon. She also presented the project to the American Planning Association in 2013. Most recently, Chris-Ann received the 2015 AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect Award and the 2017 AIA National Young Architect Award.

Currently she is Project Architect for Phase II of The Alice at Goodman Theatre. Chris-Annmarie and her husband live in Logan Square with their two children.

2004                    . MArch, University of Illinois at Chicago
1998 BArch, Caribbean School of Architecture
Professional Experience
2003-present Wheeler Kearns Architects, Chicago, Project Architect
2003-2004 Xavier Vendrell Studio, Chicago, Intern Architect
2003 Worn Jerabek Architects, Chicago, Intern Architect
Professional Registration
Professional Affiliations
2017-2019 AIA Chicago Foundation, Board Member
2013-present American Institute of Architects
2013-present National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
2012-present Chicago Women in Architecture (CWA)
Individual Honors
2017 AIA National Emerging Professional – Citizen Architect Exhibition, Washington D.C.
2017 AIA National Young Architect Winner
2015 AIA Chicago Dubin Family Young Architect Award Winner
2012 Chicago Innovator “Thinking Beyond the Box, Empowerment through Innovation”
Chicago Urban League
2008 White House Redux Competition, Third Place
2008 CAC Burnham 2.0 Exhibition
2004 10 Visions Exhibition with Garafalo Architects
2004 Roche Traveling Fellowship, UIC
2004 Schiff Fellowship, Nominee, UIC
2004 SOM Traveling Fellowship, Nominee, UIC