Chris Burgess

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Technical Lead, Building Codes

Chris is MEEA’s Technical Lead on Building Codes, working with stakeholder groups to improve energy code compliance for new residential and commercial buildings. He is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Chris began his career at a Chicago neighborhood development not-for-profit, working as the Program Director for their construction trades training program. He has also worked as a historic restoration architect, where projects included the restoration of a number of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings. For the last 20 years Chris has been in private practice, working on commercial and residential buildings throughout the Great Lakes region, educating his clients about integrating energy efficiency and the principles of sustainable design into their projects. Chris has also served on the Board of Directors at the Center for Neighborhood Technology and as the chair of their publications committee.

Chris earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology and holds an NCARB Certificate. He is a long time resident of Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood, where he lives with his wife Riva and their son Isaac. Chris is an avid reader and in his leisure time also enjoys playing tennis and traveling.

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