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Chattanooga, TN

There is no more fundamental design principle than the value of people. Only when people believe that a place is important does it become important. While the process of design is crucial, how that process involves and affects people is the more critical element.


A native of Montgomery, Alabama, Christian Rushing is an urban design consultant practicing in Chattanooga, TN.  A graduate of the Carver Creative and Performing Arts Center and the University of New Mexico, he received his master's degree from Auburn University in 1998. He served as Senior Planner in Chattanooga’s Downtown Planning & Design Studio for six years before establishing the planning and design firm of Kennedy, Coulter, Rushing & Watson in 2005. In 2011, he established Studio C.Rushing, LLC, a collaborative urban design consulting firm. The studio provides consulting services for public, private and non-profit clients across the country.

In addition to urban design work, Christian is the design principal in a design/build partnership with Collier Construction and is an adjunct professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in the Interior Design department.