Chip Minnick began studying sculpture at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After a shift of interest in scale and content, he departed for Boston Architectural Center, continuing his undergraduate studies at night while working full-time in architectural and interior design practices. Chip continued his education at Southern California Institute of Architecture, where he received a Master of Architecture degree and earned the AIA Henry Adams Award for general excellence in architecture. Upon finishing graduate school, he joined Frank O. Gehry and Associates where he worked as a designer on the Ray and Maria Stata Center at MIT. The firm of Sagan Piechota Architecture brought him to San Francisco; he eventually moved on to associate at Schwartz and Architecture.
Chip currently works as a practitioner and design consultant at his Oakland office, F/36. To date, F/36 projects have been exclusively residential. Consulting work has been in architecture and multi-discipline design firms, such as KMD, Starkweather Bondy and IDEO, as well as with contractors and fabricators. Consulting projects include proposed shipping container housing for NATO forces in post-earthquake Haiti, hospital master planning, and tenant improvement projects.
Chip's work has appeared in the architectural journals of SCI-Arc and MIT, and in Wallpaper magazine.