"One defining object in my life is the sketchbook — a record of ideas, experiences, reminders and desires. I have always enjoyed drawing and having a creative outlet for life’s challenges. The sketchbook is one of many created over the years, and is a record of not just experiences, but of how those experiences have developed my perception of the world."

Chris East, AIA, LEED AP, GGP, ALEP

Director, Architectural

(501) 400-1021

What excites you about your work?

I am most passionate about creating an energetic, diverse, safe and walkable community. I get most excited when I have the opportunity to work on a project that creates a space which meets those goals, which often means working in urban areas or on college campuses.

What can you not stop talking about?

Music. I love listening to and seeing a favorite band or artist perform live. I don't have a musical bone in my body, but I am in awe of those that make it look easy. 

What is the most out-of-the-box task you do at work?

Ha ha! I'm not sure there's much I do in-the-box. The most out-of-the-box, I'd say, is to collaborate with our competitors to inform the public about the importance of design, and how design effects everything you do during the day.

What is the best compliment you have received?

By a competitor — "We should keep an eye on him."

What was the last thing you binge-watched?

30 Rock. Jack Donaghy is my hero.

What was your first job?

Video store clerk. I don't think those even exist anymore.

What was your first concert?

I believe my first concert was to see Dolly Parton at Grand Ole Opry, when I was a child.  

What is your favorite local place to take visiting friends or relatives?

The Capital Hotel

What is your most unusual possession?

When I was in school, I was fortunate to travel to Europe — and received a student loan to do it. So, being as frugal as I could be, I couldn't afford any souveniers of the places I visited (and this was still the days of film) so I had to be careful there, as well. But I would often take a rock or a broken tile from each place to remind me.