While many Boulderites are familiar with the designs of Charles Haertling, not many recognize the name Tician Papachristou.
Born in Athens, Greece, Papachristou made his way to Boulder in 1954 to work with Boulder architect James Hunter. Several years later, he opened his own office and was joined by Charles Haertling. They often collaborated together and these collaborations would prove to be very influential on Haertling’s later career.
In addition to his own practice, Papachristou also taught design at the University of Colorado from 1958 to 1962.
Papchristou was consulted to assist in selecting the site for the National Center for Atmospheric Research in 1960. He became friends with the architect for the project, I.M Pei. Recognizing Papachristou’s talent, Pei recommended him to Marcel Breuer in New York. Papachristou took the opportunity, joining Breuer’s firm in 1965. By 1974, he was partner.