Chris Woodford is the owner of Woodford Architecture, based in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The firm’s work is rooted in the cultures and materials of Newfoundland and Labrador, creating spaces that enhance the experience of the natural landscape. With a focus on ensuring the physical realization of design through craft, Chris’ work includes community centres, private residences, commercial and retail establishments, heritage restoration and adaptive reuse projects. To help inform their projects, Woodford Architecture is working towards building a body of knowledge about historical and traditional uses of local materials.

After completing his architectural education at Dalhousie University, Chris arrived in Vancouver in 2006, where he worked for Gair Williamson Architects. In 2011, he travelled to Norway, where he worked with Saunders Architecture. He returned to Newfoundland and Labrador in 2013, where he started his firm. Woodford Architecture’s work has been widely published, and has been recognized with a number of awards, including a Newfoundland and Labrador Lieutenant Governor’s Award of Excellence in Architecture in 2020 for Our Lady of the Snows Church.

This lecture is presented in memory of Gair Williamson.