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Growing Our Youth with Nature-Based Playscapes

Harrington Speaks at Annual NRPA National Congress

Laurel Harrington of Christner and Laurie Harmon of the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse recently presented this topic at the 2016 National Recreation & Park Association (NRPA) National Congress in St. Louis. Their presentation included research focusing on outdoor play as a critical component for the development of our emotional, physical, psychological and cognitive well-being. Local and national examples illustrated how playscapes reduce barriers to nature-deprived children while providing enriching play to nature-savvy kids. Attendees were even able to build their own miniature playscape as part of the session.  […]

Christner Honored with Local Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) St. Louis Chapter celebrated excellence in the built environment with its Design Awards celebration held on September 22 at Laumeier Sculpture Park. Through a juried process, projects in various categories were recognized for outstanding qualities in design and craftsmanship.

The Donald Danforth Plant Science Center Expansion received a citation award for architecture.  A merit award for craftsmanship was also presented to local craftsmen from McCarthy Building Companies for exemplary woodwork installation. […]

Designing Healthy Town/Gown Relationships presented at SCUP

Have you ever thought about the origins of your Town/Gown Relationship? Integrated planning initiatives between higher education institutions and surrounding communities have been shown to support mutual prosperity, build relationships and create alignment. Laurel Harrington and Stacey Wehe of Christner and Benjamin Hunter of Butler University present a history of town/gown relationships, how the fates of each are inherently tied to each other, and strategies for improving your relationship. Stories of implementing an “anchor institution coalition” at Butler University include goals, lessons learned and how the university plays an important role in its city. […]

Newly Licensed Architects and Degree Recipient

Congratulations are in order for Rachel Kerr, Ben Arenberg and Kathy Caldwell!  After successfully completing their architectural registration exams, Rachel and Ben are now licensed architects.  In addition, Kathy recently received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Fontbonne University.

Rachel graduated from Washington University with a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Architecture.  She joined Christner in 2012 as an intern and officially in 2013, full-time.  Most recently, Rachel has been working with BJC Healthcare on the West County Hospital and […]

Announcing Newly Licensed Landscape Architect

Christner is pleased to announce that Jonathan Ryan, ASLA has successfully completed his landscape architectural registration exams and is a newly licensed landscape architect.  The LARE exam is administered by the Council of Landscape Architectural Registration Boards (CLARB) and is broken out into four different tests, which include: Project and Construction Management, Inventory and Analysis, Design, and Grading, Drainage and Construction Documentation.

Jonathan joined Christner in 2011 and is an integral part of the firm and our landscape architecture practice. […]