Chris M. Baribeau, AIA

Principal architect

Chris is the principal architect of modus studio. He follows an idea. The idea that architecture can be sourced from the simple, everyday experience of life is essential to his mode of design. He believes the resultant architecture as derived from these experiences can be inspiring to all people in a daily, practical way. He believes people deserve good space and good buildings derived from good ideas.


Upon graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in 2003, Chris pursued work in Fayetteville that would provide the opportunity to engage architecture in a range of residential, commercial, and educational projects at Marlon Blackwell Architect. These projects are critical works of architecture finding foothold both socially and professionally as they are built, experienced, and published. This endeavor continued his architectural education and allowed him to actively participate in the function of making architecture real. As a founding partner of his own firm, this education continues in a new way. The new way is more personal, more challenging, more rewarding and full of possibilities.


Modus studio engages these possibilities every day with ideas, hard work, and a dedicated mode of design. Chris' experiences in the past seven years of nurturing a design firm in the middle of the economic crisis have strengthened his resolve to work hard, persevere, and always be a responsible architect. He embraces the mode in which this firm operates: intelligently, thoughtfully, and professionally.