L’Observatoire International Director Christopher Marta (Paris, France) is an architect with 20 years of experience in design and project management. He earned his Bachelor of Environmental Studies & Architecture from the University of Waterloo, Canada and also speaks perfectly French and Portuguese. Christopher has worked for architecture firms around the world in both the public and private sector. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Gold Key Award for Excellence in Restaurant Design 2000. His areas of expertise include conceptual design, team management, construction administration, and contract negotiations.
Christopher joined L’Observatoire International in 2016, bringing his extensive experience and specialty in handling large civic scale projects. As Director, he oversees business operations and development, builds and leads our design teams, and leads design reviews. His previous experience as an architect, builder, and construction manager gives him a unique insight into the design and construction process. He likes to reinterpret lighting design in an architectural, logistical sense and applies this perspective to the projects he manages.
Christopher is also an avid triathlete, having participated in over 30 triathlons and five Ironman competitions. From this intensive racing, he has learned to “manage the moment” and applies this to his directorship, focusing on the small steps necessary to achieve a goal and thinking critically about where energy needs to be devoted.
Professional Honors and Awards
Gold Key Award for Restaurant Design, 2009
“Best Of” by Interior Design for Landmarc Restaurant, 2007
Designed City Spa Showroom at the Kohler Design Center in Wisconsin, 2006
Founding member of the Canadian Architecture Student Association (CASA)
Founding member of the Waterloo Architecture Student Association (WASA)
Exhibit at ICFF in New York 2009
Exhibit at Maison & Objects in Paris 2010
Furniture design patent for the “Sparrow Desk”