photography by Chelsea Ross

Christopher Marcinkoski

  • Registered Architect, State of Pennsylvania
  • M.Arch, Yale University
  • B.Arch, The Pennsylvania State University


Christopher Marcinkoski is a founding partner at PORT, leading many of the office’s large-scale urban design and planning projects including, most recently, the master plan and design of Aspire Park, the Frankford Avenue Connector, Oval+, and work on the Fourth Regional Plan for the Regional Plan Association of New York.

In addition to his work at PORT, Christopher is also an Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design (with tenure) at the University of Pennsylvania Weitzman School of Design in Philadelphia. His design work and research have been widely published internationally in academic, professional and mainstream media platforms. His recently published book, The City That Never Was (Princeton Architectural Press, 2016), explores the phenomenon of “speculative urbanization” andconsiders the environmental, social and political implications of urbanization activities that are wildly out of sync with economic and demographic realities. He is editing a forthcoming issue of the journal LA+ (University of Pennsylvania and ORO Editions) on the topic of Speculation (#16), exploring the interface between the creative and the economic. 

In 2015, Christopher was awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship in Landscape Architecture by the American Academy in Rome. In 2017, he was awarded an alumni achievement award from the Pennsylvania State University’s College of Arts and Architecture.

Prior to establishing PORT with Andrew Moddrell, he was a senior associate at James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) in New York City where he led that office’s master planning and urban design projects from 2006 to 2010. Christopher’s design and planning portfolio while at JCFO included the winning competition entry, master plan and public approval for Shelby Farms Park, transforming a 4,500-acre former penal farm into one of the world’s largest urban parks in Memphis, Tennessee. He also led the winning competition entry and initial master planning for the Qianhai district of Shenzhen, initiating JCFO’s first project in China.

Christopher holds a B.Arch from The Pennsylvania State University where he was awarded the faculty prize for undergraduate thesis, and an M.Arch from the Yale University School of Architecture where he was awarded the H.I. Feldman Prize for design excellence with Andrew Moddrell and the Christopher Tunnard Fellowship for excellence in urban planning. He was editor of Perspecta 38 | Architecture After All (MIT Press, 2006).