Christina Noble

Christina Noble, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB founder of Contour Architecture, brings 15 years experience in community-focused architecture.

Contour Architecture designs creative spaces in Downtown Places.  Christina and her team bring an urban design aesthetic to architecture a drive to make Phoenix cool.

Christina is a 5th generation Arizona native with a strong passion to make her hometown a great place to live. She has a special affection for projects focused on revitalizing communities through sensitive, inclusive and sustainable design.  By focusing on smaller projects under 25,000sf Christina works closely with clients so that together they can have a greater impact on how Phoenix grows and develops.

Christina’s past experience has been with community focused and environmentally responsible projects ranging across a broad spectrum of building types. She brings big firm experience combined with small firm attention.  She has worked on numerous high-profile projects in her career including collegiate, mixed-use, government, and private development projects.

Christina is a fifth-generation Arizona native who feels passionately about making a difference in her local community – through the projects she completes as well as through active engagement with various community groups.  Christina has worked with various non-profits throughout the Valley and firmly believes in giving back to her hometown.  She volunteers with the Roosevelt Row Community Development Corporation, is on the Board of the American Institute of Architects and sits on the City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission, City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board and the City of Phoenix Rehabilitation Appeals Board.  She also participates with the Urban Land Institute and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, is a Rice University alumni interviewer and a mentor for Free Arts of Arizona.

Christina frequently writes about design and architecture for the American Institute of Architects and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Forum, an architecture and design journal for the American Institute of Architects.

Her project experience includes:

  • Unicon Technology Headquarters, Gilbert, AZ
  • Creative Center of Scottsdale, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Sip Coffee & Beer, Scottsdale, AZ
  • Phoenix Revitalization Corporation Community Center, Offices & Garden, Phoenix, AZ
  • Magma Hotel, Superior, AZ
  • Maricopa County Downtown Court Tower, Phoenix, AZ
  • Maricopa County Downtown Justice Center, Phoenix, AZ
  • City of Glendale Glendale Garage and Downtown Glendale Site Selection Analysis, Glendale, AZ
  • Maricopa County Juvenile Probation Programming, Phoenix, AZ
  • Arizona State University School of Global Studies Renovation, Tempe, AZ
  • Arizona State University Physics Lab Renovation, Tempe, AZ
  • Rice University Brown and Martel Colleges, Houston, TX
  • City of Prescott Garage on Granite, Prescott, AZ
  • Arizona State University Packard St. Garage, Tempe, AZ
  • City of Tucson Pennington St. Garage, Tucson, AZ
  • Vee Quiva VIP Lounge, Laveen, AZ

Recognitions:

  • City of Prescott Garage on Granite:  Arizona Department of Commerce 2005 Best Public Improvement Project
  • Arizona State University Packard Drive Garage: Southwest Contractor Best Concrete Project of 2004 | Featured in “House of Cars” Exhibit – National Building Museum in Washington D.C.
  • City of Tucson Pennington Street Garage: Sonoran Institute 2006 Best Mixed Use | International Downtown Association 2006 Sustainable Design
  • City of Glendale Glendale Garage: Excellence In Masonry – Arizona Masonry Guild 2008 Merit Award

Publications:

  • “The Shaded Desert City,” Forum, Fall 2013
  • “Reimagining the Future,” Forum, Fall 2012
  • “Surviving Sprawl with Pop-Up Placemaking in Phoenix,” Arizona Republic, April 13, 2012, & Sustainable Cities Collective, April 14, 2012
  • “ASU Polytechnic Campus,” Texas Architect, September 2011
  • “Adaptation,”  Forward, Fall 2011
  • “Architecture and the Body,” Forward, Fall 2010
  • “Ornament,” Forward, Fall 2009
  • “Neuroscience and Courthouse Design Workshop: Understanding Cognitive Processes in the Courthouse” AAJ Journal and AssociateNews, October 2007
  • “The Politics of Sustainability” AssociateNews, February 2008
  • “Regenerative Design,” Forward, Fall 2007

Leadership, Research & Speaking Experience:

  • “Desert Urbanism”  2014
    Great Placemakers Lab National Conference – Presenter
  • “Desert Urbanism Slide Slam,” 2014
    Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art  – Presenter
  • “New Paradigms: French, European and United Nations Courthouses”  2008 AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice National Conference – Presenter
  • International and European Courts Executive Research Tour
  • Neuroscience and Courthouse Design Workshop: Understanding Cognitive Processes in the Courthouse
  • Valley Leadership Class 34 Graduate 

Boards & Commissions:

  • American Institute of Architects Phoenix Metro:
    Director, 2011
    Secretary, 2012
    Treasurer, 2013
    Secretary, 2014
  • City of Phoenix Development Advisory Board, Current
  • City of Phoenix Historic Preservation Commission, Current
  • City of Phoenix Rehabilitation Appeals Board, Current

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