Christof Jantzen

Founder and Principal

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Chistof Jantzen, AIA, began his career as a designer with Richard Meier in 1993 and worked with Frank O. Gehry in 1994. He then became a partner at Behnisch Architekten in 1999, where he was responsible for the award-winning Genzyme Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the 55 Park Street Laboratory Building for Yale New Haven Hospital in New Haven, Connecticut; and the Anna Head Student Housing Complex for UC Berkeley. During this time, he further developed his interest in the complexities of technology, sustainability, and architectural expression.

Building on his background as a founding partner of the American office of Behnisch Architekten, he established Studio Jantzen in Los Angles in 2012, and has since been widely recognized as being at the forefront of environmental architecture, winning numerous awards for avant-garde design, including the AIA/COTE Top Ten Green Project Award and the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Award. Jantzen’s designs have been featured in many national and international publications, including Architecture, Architectural Digest, A+U, Domus, Bauwelt, and Contract.

While maintaining his architectural practice, Jantzen has been an active educator and researcher and has influenced many aspiring architects and engineers. He is a Professor at the University of Southern California’s Graduate School of Research and Design and he has served as the I-CARES Professor of Practice at the Sam Fox School of Design, College of Architecture, at Washington University in St. Louis Since 2009. He has also lectured widely at Universities such as MIT and Cornell.


Continuing a career-long commitment to sustainable and environmentally responsive architecture Christof is also currently sitting on the Committee on the Environment (COTE) of AIA|LA as the vice-chair / chair-elect.


Registered and Licensed Architect in California, Illinois, Missouri, Massachusetts
NCARB Certified, LEED Certified Professional