Christopher Stienon is the founding principal of Urban Matrix and an architect specializing in the design of buildings and urban areas that contribute to the broader creation of memorable cities and public spaces. His architecture promotes a contextual design that responds to the unique features of individual places; the history, human activities, environmental factors, and the physical conditions of a place. Both urban and rural settings offer a host of established cultural, natural and physical conditions that are used to craft designs that are sensitively attuned to a particular setting. Context and precedent establish a basis for a contemporary language of architecture and urban design that reflects the complexities of our modern society.

As both a licensed architect in the State of New York and a licensed professional planner in the State of New Jersey, and having worked with municipalities, planning agencies, private developers and institutions, Christopher has gained a broad familiarity with both the public and private sector forces affecting development today.

His insights into the needs and aspirations of these various and at times, competing groups help him facilitate a dialogue between multiple stakeholders typically involved with large scale development projects.

Mr. Stienon has taught several Urban Design studios at Pratt Institute. Since 2011, he has been an Adjunct Instructor at Fordham University where he has been teaching a course about Urbanism and the history of cities.

He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the America Planning Association, the American Institute of Certified Planners, and the Urban Land Institute. He is also a certified LEED accredited design professional.





Cooper Hewitt Museum space needs assessment and expansion study,

Society of the Four Arts historic theater expansion feasibiltiy study

Various rowhouse renovations within landmarked districts of NYC

Urban Design

Rochester Midtown Redevelopment plan

Dunkirk, NY Waterfront Revitalization study

Governors Island Redevelopment Plan

Hong Kong International Airport Business District


Gary, Indiana Lakefront District redevelopment study and zoning guidelines

Easton, PA Comprehensive Plan update

Jamaica, Queens, Airport Gateway zoning study

Al Khiran new city, commercial core master plan, Kuwait