Christa Plaza has established herself and the Essenza Architecture team as leaders in recreation and civic facility design. Her 26-year-long career began at Arizona State University where she obtained her degree in Architecture. It was during this time that Christa served as head life guard at ASU’s has transpired into estab- lishing her firm as a leader designing aquatic and fitness centers, competitive and recreational pools, and spas and wellness facilities. Christa understands the best practices for circulation, patron and staff experience, and integration of building systems. Christa and the Essenza team also designe other project types, including public works faciltiies, commercial office buildings, retail, tenant finish and schools..
With a unique ability to translate client goals into a built facility, Christa leads owners and design teams in producing new facilities, additions, renovations, needs assessments, and master plans. Maintaining focused on client connection and good communication has been the primary focus of many successful projects. Christa believes that architectural design should enhance the experience of people living and working in the facility. She listens closely to clients during the building pro- gram development and creates a design influenced by how staff and patrons interact with the space. Through the selection of products and meticulous detail development, she creates sustainable spaces that surpass expectations. Christa’s additional strengths include follow-through in the construction observation phase, where quality control is of the utmost importance.
Assoc. of Fitness Studios
LEED AP, (BD+C)
Bachelor of Science in Architecture,
Arizona State University