Christopher Strom Architects




Christopher Strom AIA

Christopher studied art at St Olaf College prior to receiving a Master's Degree in Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley. Upon returning to Minnesota he became a Project Designer at Ellerbe Becket, working on the design of both domestic and international projects including convention centers, health care facilities, and high-rise office towers. He was lead designer for the Tostrud Athletic Center at St Olaf College.  From 2003-2014 Chris designed and managed construction for many new homes, additions and remodels. Upon earning the 2014 AIA-Minnesota “Emerging Talent Award” for residential architecture, he founded Christopher Strom Architects.

His work has been selected for four AIA Minnesota/ Star Tribune "Homes of the Month" and several Mpls-St Paul Magazine RAVE awards. His homes have also been featured on four AIA-MN "Homes by Architects" tour. Most recently Chris was an active participant in crafting the Accessory Dwelling Ordinance, and serves as an instructor at St Olaf College for an upper-level studio course on Architectural Design.

In 2016 Chris was honored with an AIA-Minnesota “Young Architect Award” for exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the profession.


Theo Grothe AIA, NCARB


Theo joins Christopher Strom Architects with over 10 years of custom residential experience working for a number of local award-winning firms. His thoughtful consideration of every aspect of a project and commitment to fostering strong client relationships are his greatest assets. He considers residential design to be a very personal endeavor that is challenging, exciting, and thoroughly satisfying.

For Theo, the design of a client's home begins with their personal ethics and values. He believes these must remain paramount throughout the entire process to create an environment that truly reflects their identity.

Theo attended the University of Minnesota and graduated in 2001 with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. He then completed a Master of Architecture program in 2007 from Syracuse University in New York, winning the Graduate School Prize for Architecture.


Allison Salzman AIA, NCARB, LEED


Allison has over 15 years of experience in both commercial and custom residential architecture. She has worked for award-winning firms in California and Minnesota.

Her residential work has won both the Star Tribune's “Home of the Month” award and Minneapolis St Paul Magazine's RAVE award. Allison sees each project as a new, unique design challenge with the client at the center of the process.

Allison graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Minnesota where she earned both her BA in Architecture and Master of Architecture degrees. She received two Design Excellence Awards and the Henry Adams certificate for ranking second in her graduate class. During her education she studied abroad in both Mexico and Switzerland. Allison continues to make travel an important part of her life and finds it a source of inspiration for her work.


Elizabeth Akkerman

[coming soon]