Kaiserworks is a Phoenix-based design studio with a reputation for holistic building and product design, interiors, and branding. The firm is passionate about creating elegant solutions to relevant problems, and seeks to approach each project with the same optimism and rigor of invention that existed in mid-century American design culture. Whether residential, retail, office, religious, or hospitality design, KAISERWORKS strives to imbue each project with an evocative, and memorable sense of place. The studio seeks to create environmentally conscientious places and spaces that both honor the tradition and history of its context while looking deep into its future.
Christoph Kaiser received a Bachelor of Science in Design in 1997 for studies at Arizona State University, University of Stuttgart, and Akademie der Bildenden Kunst, Stuttgart, Germany. In 2002, he graduated with Honors with a Master's Degree in Architecture from Harvard University. In 2005, Christoph Kaiser co-founded Plus Minus Studio, a Phoenix-based architecture office that is still an active agent in many downtown Phoenix architecture projects. In 2010, Christoph Kaiser LLC was founded as a sustainable design studio specializing in compact dwelling units. Christoph founded Kaiserworks in 2016 as a broad-spectrum design studio and creative think-tank that values the strength of collaboration in design.
Mark Lewis holds a Master's Degree in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design. His professional experience includes work on projects for Arizona State University and Princeton, contemporary desert dwellings, as well as retail and branding projects with IDEO. His primary design interests lie at the intersection of traditional building craft and new, high-tech methods of making. In addition to being a highly skilled digital designer, Mark regularly occupies the woodshop, producing an expanding collection of domestic furniture that inform the studio's approach to its many residential projects in Phoenix's historic downtown neighborhoods.
Formerly a faculty associate for seven years with The Design School at Arizona State University, Architect Brent Armstrong has taught courses and design studios for both the architecture and landscape architecture schools. He has also taught NCARB's architectural exam courses at the AIA in Phoenix. Brent has worked as an architect and designer for both residential and commercial projects in Arizona and California and is also the Owner and Principal of Phoenix Based ISOS Architecture, established in 2010. Brent also has unique experience and appreciation for CAD software and interface having worked for Last Software, and with the development team for SketchUp modeling software.
Trevor Kowal is a Phoenix native and a graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Architecutre. He brings an energetic attitude to the design process with a knack for visual graphics and storytelling. Trevor joined Christoph as an intern and has continued with Kaiserworks through his graduate work and early professional development. Trevor’s experience is varied across multiple specialties such as residential, restaurant, retail, religious, and visual representation.
Drew Scharnitzke is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Environmental Planning from Arizona State University. His experience in the specialty coffee and restaurant industries, as a director and service worker, informs his approach in creating functional spaces both on the building scale and in the larger built environment. In addition to the design process, Drew plays a large roll in the permitting process and understanding municipal nuances for projects across the Phoenix Metro Area.
John Davis holds a Doctorate in Architecture from Harvard University's Graduate School of Design.