Chris Boardman

Principal / Director of Design

“Every problem is unique.”


During his twenty-plus years with RATIO, Chris Boardman has elevated design through rational thinking. He seeks simple, effective solutions to complex problems. He’s methodical, boiling ideas down to their “essential elegance.” He has the unusual ability to see the big picture and the details simultaneously.

Chris is drawn to the intricacy and rapid evolution of STEM-based design challenges. From nanoscale to engineered systems at a global scale, the advancements happening in this sector are shaping our collective future. His significant STEM projects include the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue University and the Smead Aerospace Engineering Sciences Building at the University of Colorado.

Constantly pushing and pulling in the creative process, Chris achieves balance. He values collaboration and appreciates working with clients, drawing upon their experiences and ideas. Even as a kid, Chris was artistic and mathematical, musical and logical. He’s always thinking and striving. To recharge, Chris hikes the national parks, mesmerized by the design found in nature.


Education & Registration
  • Graduate Studies, Ball State University
  • Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University