March 10, 2017

Chris Culbertson AIA, NCARB

President – Principal Architect 


Bachelor of Architecture, 1998
Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, GA

Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology, 1991
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN


As president and chief architect of EMPAD, Chris has the opportunity to oversee all the architectural services performed in the office for the surrounding communities through a wide array of projects including commercial, retail, office, restaurant, medical, government, educational, industrial and religious facilities.

With 25 years in the building industry, Chris’s extensive experience includes new construction and renovation for organizations such as Raytheon, MacDill Air Force base, Baycare, Moffitt Cancer Center, Universal Health Corporation and many more. His reputation for professionalism and efficient management over such a wide array of projects has served to build the loyalty of EMPAD’s clients both on a local and national scale and continues to bring in new and exciting design challenges for the firm.

Meanwhile, Chris remains an active member in the local chapter of Tampa Bay American Institute of Architects as West Director and Board member for 2 years. He has chaired local membership and nominating committees as well as the AIA Design Awards and AIA Meat Eat and Skeet events. Understanding the importance of involvement in the local design community, Chris is looking forward to further participation while serving and learning from his architectural peers.

In addition to his professional career, Chris has been happily married for 25 years. Chris stays busy as a father of a 21 year old daughter and 19 year old son. When not in the office, he enjoys a variety of outdoor sports including training for local triathlons, fishing, spear fishing and scuba diving.

Professional Affiliations and Organizations

Florida Registration Board #AR91712
Tampa Bay AIA
USGBC Florida Gulf Coast Chapter