Member Profile: Chris Trujillo, AIA, LEED-AP
Upon graduating from The University of New Mexico in Albuquerque with both a BA and Master’s of Architecture degree, Chris Trujillo moved to Washington, D.C. in 1994. There, he started his professional career with Kvell Corcoran Architects. He worked on various types of projects including medical, retail, commercial and residential projects including projects for the National Institutes of Health.
Following a year in D.C. Chris moved to Los Angeles and began working with J. Staff Architects, working on high-end residential projects. During this time, Chris developed a strong foundation for project and team management that would benefit him throughout his career.
From there, Chris took a position with Leo A. Daly, Los Angeles where he took on new and challenging project types. Managing projects for clients like: Disney, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Zoo and Los Angeles City College gave Chris a greater understanding of the demands and challenges of our profession. After seven years with Leo A. Daly he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2003, where he shifted gears and made the choice to be a stay-at-home dad to his new son. During this time he also made licensure and continuing education a priority. In 2004, following an 18-month sabbatical, Chris joined the Dahlin Group in Pleasanton and resumed the profession he loves. With Dahlin’s commercial group Chris continued to work on large commercial projects like Renaissance ClubSport in Aliso Viejo and Scenic Oaks Office Buildings, along with several others. Chris spent five years working and collaborating with DGA.
Following the death of his wife and with a nudge from the downturn in the economy, Chris walked away from architecture and focused on his son and navigating this new version of his life. He continued to dabble in residential projects, helping out family and friends with small projects. During this time, Chris maintained licensure and continuing education, knowing that this break from his profession would not be permanent. He became a resource for his church and son’s Catholic school making use of his architectural skills to facilitate some much needed improvements to their campus. He became a member of the Design Review Board for the Town of Danville. He found love, remarried and settled into his new life in Danville with Liz and his four new stepchildren.
This year, Chris joined the AIA and has begun the process of starting his own practice in Danville. With his sights set on starting small and focusing on residential projects, Chris hopes to create a practice that will allow him to utilize the skills he’s gained along the way and resume the career he enjoys.