Founder + Executive Director
For the past decade, Christopher Knowles has been actively involved in the design world as an educator and practitioner. He began his career in New York City working for a humble collection of design studios until later working as an in-house designer for Sony Music. While in New York, he felt a calling to return to his native Atlanta. In his eyes, Atlanta offered a prime environment for starting up a small design studio,
providing an opportunity to tap into the incredible potential the southern capital offered. Atlanta’s smaller DIY scene, cultural diversity, and rich history were the perfect backdrop for him to bolster his design practice, Bureau Christopher Knowles, where he has worked with clients across both commercial and cultural sectors for the past seven years.
For the past four years, he has worked as a design professor at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia, as well as Co-Chairing the Design Department at the Creative Circus in Atlanta, Georgia. During his tenures at both institutions, he developed pedagogy for a range of subjects, and challenged his departments by creating curriculum that embraced emerging, forward-thinking approaches to design methodology.
Christopher has shown work in a collection of exhibitions around the United States and has passionately collaborated with community organizers and institutions to harness excitement for design programming and activations. Continuing to build on his enthusiasm for educating on design matters, he founded Practise Makes Practice in August 2019 with the mission to incite a more robust design culture in Atlanta and the Southeastern region at large.
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