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Crafting Legacies | Chris Hawley | TEDxFargo
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Added Sep 8, 2016
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Crafting Legacies is about carefully taking the time to create things worth preserving, starting with the smallest things. Ultimately, the goal is to arrive at something beautiful in an authentic and sensitive way all the while exploring the people and the place through building and storytelling.

Chris believes that great process has the potential to result in quality design, timeless in its ability to both shape neighborhoods and transform communities. With this belief in mind, he began Chris Hawley Architects (CHA). Chris has refined his skills over the years, emerging as a successful young architect with a discerning eye for quality, creativity, and design. Chris’s capacity to tell a story through architecture has enabled him to translate a sense of visual craft and integrity into vision. The ability to invoke a one‐of‐a‐kind design through storytelling is rooted in attention to details, sourcing local materials, and repurposing historic resources.

CHA is a North Dakota based team characterized by design that exhibits a passion for place, an understanding of heritage, and a flare for the creative. Chris and his team are building a legacy while maintaining the legacy of the places they build, including the new North Dakota Governor’s Mansion.

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