KAISERWORKS is a Phoenix-based design studio with a reputation for holistic design in architecture, interiors, product design 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, houses of worship or hospitality design, KAISERWORKS strives to imbue each project with an evocative, and memorable sense of place. The studio seeks to create environmentally conscientious architecture that both honors 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 architecture and 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.
Trevor Kowal is originally from Phoenix, Arizona. Impassioned and fervent in pursuing good design he continues to bring an energetic attitude to the design process with a knack for visual graphics and story telling. Trevor joined with Christoph during an internship in the Winter of 2013 and has continued to work here through getting his Master’s degree and beyond. Like most employees of the firm, his experience is varied across multiple specialties such as residential, restaurant, retail, religious, and visual representation.
Drew Scharnitzke is a San Francisco Bay Area transplant. He will soon complete a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Environmental Planning at Arizona State University. His experience in the specialty coffee and restaurant industries as an administrator and service worker informs his approach in creating functional spaces. Drew plays a heavy roll in the permitting process and understanding municipal nuances for projects across the Phoenix Metro Area.