Christopher K. Travis is the founder and lead designer for Truehome Design.Build. He designed and built a broad variety of residential and historic projects in Texas from 1995 to 2014, including high-end new homes, ranches and estates, major remodeling, historic restoration and adaptive re-use of historic structures, historic and light commercial projects. From 1995 until 2013, Travis was the founder, lead designer and Managing Partner of Sentient Architecture, LLC, (Formerly Round Top Architecture). He partnered with commercial architect, Robert Brett Pitt, in that enterprise serving the rural areas of South Central Texas and the Austin, Texas environs. In 2013, the partners formed individual enterprises and Travis moved his design practice into Truehome Design.Build.
Travis is an expert on the adaptive re-use of period materials and artifacts, as well as human factors based architectural programming for residential projects. He is the author of the Truehome Workshop and the originator of that systematic process which he has used with clients for over eighteen years.
One of his projects was awarded a T. C. Jester award for excellence in historic design in the historic Houston Heights. Mr. Travis’ company was named Remodeler of the Year by the Greater Houston Builder’s Association. He is also an expert on designing and building projects on remote sites and in rural areas.
His projects have appeared in the New York Times, Builder magazine, Country Living, Cowboys and Indians, Home Companion, Sun Coast Magazine, Go Magazine (Airtran Airways flight magazine), Hommes Magazine in Greece; the San Antonio Express News, the Marin County Independent Journal, The Providence Sunday Journal, in Texas Highways and before employee groups at Microsoft and Google. Major stories on his approach have appeared twice in German publications and in the Netherlands and Australia.
Mr. Travis is also a writer and theorist who has a multi-disciplinary interest in how psychological techniques, and human factors findings, can be applied to architecture and residential design to more effectively create homes and living environments that “fit the psychological nature of people” .He studies and applies the possibility of therapeutic architecture in his design practice. It is this long term study that inspired both the last twenty years of his design practice and the Truehome Workshop. He believes the psychological and emotional needs of the inhabitants of a home should guide the work of designers, and has used his systematic method for that purpose with his clients since 1998, and exclusively since 2002..
In this regard, he has lectured at the Texas A & M School of Architecture’s Center for Health Systems and Design. He presented his approach at the meeting of the American Anthropological Association. The Truehome process has been endorsed by a variety of academic experts and is the subject of the last chapter of the book Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You, by prominent University of Texas personality psychologist, Sam Gosling, Ph.D. Subsequent to that book, Gosling and his research assistant, Lindsay Graham, Ph.D, published several studies and academic articles on research related to Travis’s work. Gosling and Travis are currently co-writing a book about Travis ideas and work with clients using the Truehome Workhop, and on the wider subject of the dramatic new field called the “Psychology of Space”.
In the Summer of 2006 – though continuing his design practice – Chris became preoccupied as the CEO of Nidiant Corporation, the parent company of a technology startup called Truehome.net. Nidiant Corporation’s patent-pending web-based software application sought to build web-based exercises that identify what consumers consider fitting, emotionally appreciate, and ultimately purchase. Mr. Travis hoped to adapt that software for use as a clinical tool for therapeutic purposes, specifically to help other design professionals collect psychological/environmental design criteria for the creation of healing environments. just as he does in person with his Workshop approach.
Mr. Travis is also a children’s activist and was co-founder, with a youth leader, of the Tour de YEH (Youth Ending Hunger). The Tour was a transcontinental bicycle ride began on the White House lawn in 1990 and was that designed to promote the end of hunger and homelessness. It was co-sponsored by World Runners and the Hunger Project.
In that event, sixty-six teens from the U.S., Canada, India, Belize, Japan, Malaysia, Australia, Britain, Kenya, and team from the Soviet Union – before the Berlin Wall came down – rode across the nation and into the opening ceremonies of the Goodwill Games. The Tour had a media reach of several hundred million people and was covered by Pravda, USA Today and network television in several countries.
Mr. Travis and his wife are also the founders of the Round Top Family Library, a full service public library that also serves the community of Round Top and the surrounding region as an academic enrichment resource. He is also the co-author of the Round Top Land Use and Architectural Controls Ordinance. Round Top, with a population of 77, is the smallest community in the State of Texas with a full-service public library and an architectural controls ordinance.
He was also the editor, publisher and writer of the regional quarterly, the Round Top Register from 1995 until June of 2008. The Register was called the “Prairie Home Companion of the Lone Star State” by the Arts at Large columnist of the New York Times.” His quirky tabloid was the third “newspaper” on the Internet in Texas, well ahead of the metropolitan dailies. It was the subject of an article in Editor and Publisher Magazine, and its website was named one of the Top Ten Media Websites in Texas by Texas Monthly.
Mr. Travis was interviewed by the BBC and other regional and national media. His fictional characters and faux “investigative reporting” fooled the Daily Show and teased Texas newspapers and TV stations. His antics and early adoption of the Internet in a small rural community led to a significant on-screen role in the PBS documentary, Digital Nation.
Though always a one-man sideline project for Christopher Travis and his “Queen” (who clearly dominated all aspects of the Register’s universe) the Register was, and is, the highest circulation per issue editorial publication in the South Central Texas region it serves. For the first ten years of the Register’s publication, he began his work on each issue by writing a poem. His book of poetry and images, Deadspace Poetry, was compiled from the poems he published between 1995 an 2001. In June of 2008, friend and columnist Kurt Wilson, became the Editor of the Round Top Register. Mr. Travis remained the publisher of the quarterly and one of its writers. In January of 2014, the Travis’ and Wilson sold the Register to new owners.
In December of 2014, he and his wife bought a home in the Colorado mountains near Denver, where he opened Truehome Design.Build – Colorado. Travis is the father of three children, has five grandchildren, and lives with his wife, a collie and three cats, in Pine, Colorado.