Christo Meyer is a South African British Architect currently based in Bangkok, dividing his time between the UK and South East Asia.
Christo is a Senior Architect (registered with the ARB in the UK and a Chartered Member of the RIBA). He currently serves on the Committee of the RIBA Singapore Chapter, developing and expanding the international reach of the RIBA throughout South East Asia. With 15 years experience in practice, he has an extensive portfolio of built work comprising projects that range from small scale installations to large scale regeneration projects. The projects that he has been Project Architect on have achieved accolades such as being shortlisted for the World Architecture Festival Awards and London’s top private residential projects on the annual NLA Don’t Move Improve! Awards and the RIBA Awards.
Upon completion of the B.Arch.Studiorum degree from the University of the Free State in South Africa, with Distinctions in Design and History & Theory, Christo relocated to the UK where he continued his post-graduate studies, graduating at London South Bank University. During this time, his Dissertation Thesis project was awarded the Lillian & Henry Stephenson Faculty prize, nominated for the RIBA President’s Medals Award and exhibited at the RIBA HQ. Christo completed the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice and Management in Architecture (RIBA Part III) with Merit at The Bartlett UCL.
Following an extended period in practice in South Africa and the UK during which he delivered iconic and award-winning projects such as the World Architecture Festival Shortlisted Scunthorpe Sports Academy (“The Pods”) at AFLS+P / S&P Architects and subsequently lead on the organisation’s design reviews, their implementation of BIM and other technology and innovation strategies, he joined Studio Gil. Christo has been a key factor in Studio Gil’s success across a variety of sectors which includes residential, public realm and community engagements projects. Key projects are consistently published in acclaimed international architectural press. In 2016, Studio Gil was included in the Architecture Foundation’s publication “New Architects 3”, identifying the studio as one of the best emerging practices in Britain that was set up in the past 10 years.
His key strength is as a designer-maker: he actively seeks opportunities that explore construction, manufacturing and prototyping as solutions to design challenges, resulting in crafted spaces, buildings and objects of varying scale. He is a great communicator, whether through drawings and models or verbal communication, and thrives on delivering projects that exceed clients’ expectations, but also develop the skillset of the entire team involved on the project. Having physically been involved in the build of various projects, Christo is equally at home on a building site as he is in the design studio.
As an Architectural Academic, and before relocating to Singapore, Christo taught design unit, Studio 55, at University of Brighton and Unit 2 at University of Greenwich with Pedro Gil, producing top students winning university awards and nominations for the prestigious RIBA President’s Medals. Christo was also a visiting tutor for Technical Studies on the M.Arch course at the University of Brighton. He has lectured on RIBA Part III courses on the subject of BIM at the University of Brighton and The Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. Other past academic roles include First Year tutor at University of Central Lancashire, and presenting a lecture series on Communication in Architecture at London South Bank University. He is also a regular invited critic at various schools of architecture.
Christo is a keen photographer with many of his photographs published in the architectural and design press.
Selected Awards —
LONGLIST: New London Architecture, Don’t Move Improve Awards 2016
SHORTLIST: World Architecture Festival Awards, Sport and Leisure Category 2011
PRIZE WINNER: London South Bank University Lillian & Henry Stephenson Faculty Prize for Post Graduate Dissertations 2009
Selected Publications —
Architecture Foundation New Architects 3: Britain's Best Emerging Architects