Christian Hastings


Brigham Young University, Hawaii
B.S. Business Management, 2003

New School of Architecture & Design, San Diego, CA
Master of Architecture, 2007

With NMA Since

March 2015

My Life

I feel extremely lucky to have been born in the middle of the Pacific.  When I was 4, my parents decided to leave busy Honolulu and move us to the small town of Waimea on the Big Island.  I can’t relate to the feeling of ‘Island Fever’ when surrounded by water for too long, for me, it’s a huge comfort to have an ocean visible at all times.  After trying out school on the mainland and spending some time in Japan, I ended up back on Oahu’s north shore to finish college.  I met a girl from Southern California while working a part-time job at a surf shop one day and a year later we were married… 

We always felt drawn to the Ventura / Santa Barbara area and thought it seemed like a great place to live one day.  We’ve instantly felt a connection and appreciation for this beautiful part of California that actually reminds me a lot of the Big Island. 

My Inspiration

I’m inspired by many different artists, architects and designers for various reasons.  I’ve always been a creative person and was blessed to have a mother who encouraged me to follow my creative passions in life.  That led to a (very) brief time of being a musical major in college, because I loved playing the drums.  Back in high school, I remember being drawn to images of Japanese architecture in magazines, particularly the integration and great reverence for nature reflected in their work.  This may have been a catalyst for my eventually deciding to pursue architecture, and I still am most inspired by architecture that provides a sense of place and encourages one to notice and interact with the nature that surrounds it.  I am definitely an Eames fan and love the functional, yet playful, approach to design they took, as well as the huge variety of work their studio engaged in.  Australian architect, Glenn Murcutt, is another hero, for his ‘touch the earth lightly’ philosophy, use of materials, and desire to create a sense of place.

Favorite Memory

Snowboarding and surfing in the same day with a friend in high school.  We almost got my parent’s minivan stuck in the snow at the top of Mauna Kea, sun had set and everyone had already headed down the mountain- it was a semi-terrifying feeling wondering what we’d do if we were stranded alone over night.  Also terrifying, but amazing, was the birth of our two kids.