Chris Socha, AIA, LEED AP


Architect and prominent urban Milwaukee advocate, Chris Socha leads TKWA UrbanLab. This new venture is focused on supporting ongoing community efforts in making downtown Milwaukee a more vibrant urban center. The studio’s physical presence in the City allows TKWA to provide an active voice in shaping the future of Milwaukee at a time of dynamic change and growth in the downtown. A generalist in practice, Chris works to ensure that the built environment contributes to an active and livable public realm.

  • Master of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

  • American Institute of Architects, member

  • LEED Accredited Professional

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Fall 2007 - present

  • Jury Critic, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 2002 - Present


4MKE: Placemaking on 4th & Wisconsin Ave

Colectivo Coffee Roasters

TKWA UrbanLab

Grand Avenue Mall Redevelopment

Zócalo Food Truck Park

Milwaukee Public Market

Cafe Bavaria

Monroe Arts Center

Vel R Phillips Plaza