Christopher Gray


Chris is an architect and landscape designer with particular professional experience in complex masterplanning, urban design and strategic landscape framework projects. His expertise across landscape and architecture disciplines allows him to bring a unique and considered approach to challenging sites in urban and rural contexts. Chris has experience working at range of scales, from tightly integrated architectural interventions, to masterplans for large settlement extensions and regionally important cultural and educational institutions.

Chris’ professional experience draws from time spent in architecture and landscape architecture practices including several years as a registered landscape architect at the Olin Partnership in Philadelphia and time at Foster + Partners and Make Architects in the UK. Key projects at these practices included the Washington Monument Grounds, Washington D.C., Quartermile in Edinburgh, and the masterplan for Norton Park, Scotland’s National Showground. Chris helped establish 7N Architects where he was project architect for the Inverness Campus Masterplan, led Design Guidelines for initial landscape and infrastructure and progressed feasibility studies for various buildings to be located on site. Chris played a key role in masterplans for the International Business Gateway, Edinburgh and Glasgow’s Pacific Quay and was part of the design team that helped facilitate the Callander Charrette – one of the first events to be promoted through the Scottish Government’s SSCI Charrette Mainstreaming Programme.

Chris joined OPEN in 2011 and has worked on a range of large-scale settlement extensions and mixed-use masterplans across the UK, preparing designs from early strategic Local Plan representations to detailed planning applications for initial phases of housing and infrastructure. Key projects at OPEN include Countesswells, Newhills and Loirston in Aberdeen, Wantage in Oxfordshire and the University of Ulster Jordanstown Campus in Northern Ireland, all of which required significant community consultation.

Chris is actively involved in university lecturing and studio tutoring, particularly at ESALA (The Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture) were he regularly attends design crits and helps deliver various design studios.

Christopher Gray