// Raised in Texas
// Educated in New York
// London Career
Kristoff left Texas in the 90’s to study Architecture at Pratt institute in New York. One thing he’s often asked is which city does he prefer, New York or London? It’s a tough question because they’re both great cities, but catch him at the right moment and he’ll share his insight. Kristoff began his career in the late 90’s on home extensions for the absurdly wealthy set in Rye and Manhasset. But on September 11th, 2001 everything changed. He accepted an offer at Mancini Duffy and began his career in commercial interiors. In 2004, he went on holiday in London and caught the bug. Pushing everything to the curb in New York he packed his bags and moved to London in 2005 with nothing more than an offer from Gensler and a few good friends he’d made.
Once at Gensler, Kristoff’s career took off. After developing a growth prediction & space needs model for Lehman Brothers that was rolled out across Europe, Kristoff built a deep network of operatives and professionals that he is still close with to this day. There is not a market on the continent Kristoff isn’t connected to with just a few phone calls. One morning in Geneva, Kristoff saw a Lehman Brothers VP play-down the sub-prime crisis in such a way that Kristoff knew the game was soon going to be up. He then switched studios within Gensler to develop Apple stores across the UK. A few years later his old client filed Chapter 11 but he barely noticed because he was working day and night to service an voracious client and an aggressive roll-out programme. Then he was approached by Hakkasan to handle their new London location in Mayfair. If you’ve ever been to the Bruton Street location, as well as any Apple store, you will see and feel the genesis of Kristoff’s #stairobsession.
Only after the recession was deepened by the financial crisis, some of Kristoff’s clients started going to the Design and Build sector for their projects. They even called it their ‘Post-Lehman’s development strategy.’ With this, Kristoff jumped over to what his colleagues would then call the ‘dark side’. In 2013 he began his career in the Design and Build sector. His unrelenting dedication to his clients didn’t always mix well with the hard-nosed commercial drivers of his employers. So he moved to different contractors on average once a year holding several different titles, even a sales role. Some were confused by this, others saw it as market research. Even though Kristoff moved often, his clients came with him and stayed loyal. After four years of ‘market research’, Kristoff identified a major gap. And it is that gap that is raison d’etre of Cirkularis8.
Loving what he does, Kristoff brings passion and intensity to every project and every client. You can see their recommendations on LinkedIn. You can go to their places of business and hear it for yourself. And Kristoff never leaves his clients behind. Not ever. Design is not a department with Kristoff. Design is a mindset. With Cirkularis8 the constant commitment to improving and learning and growing is in the very DNA. The design mindset leads to some wonderful outcomes! That’s why we’re:
Better by Design