40 under 40 — Chris Black
Alpha Theta, 2005 — Recognized in: 2020
An architect by trade, Chris Black graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2005 with an Honors Bachelor of Architectural Studies. Following his undergraduate career, Chris obtained his Masters of Architecture in 2015 where his thesis and published papers focused on low-energy and low carbon buildings in existing urban environments. He was a leading team member in delivering the University of Waterloo’s North House project, a built example of net-energy positive housing that competed on the National Mall in Washington DC in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Concurrent with the last years of his masters, he started his architectural consulting career in Toronto, developing a specialization in high-rise residential, mixed-use, and urban masterplan projects centered in the Greater Toronto Area and in select cities across Canada.
Following up on this year consulting career, Chris built upon his expertise in development, becoming the High Rise Design Manager at The Minto Group, one of Canada’s most reputable developers. His role focuses on product development and innovation and he now leads consulting and internal teams to deliver high rise projects in the GTA. Most recently, he was a part of Minto’s return to the downtown core with the 47-storey Saint mixed-use condominium and the 14-storey boutique mid-rise project at 123 Portland in Toronto’s hip King West district.
In addition to his professional career, Chris devotes his volunteer hours to his Chapter, Alpha Theta, and to expanding his involvement in industry groups including BILD Toronto and the Urban Land Institute.
You can connect with Chris on LinkedIn.