steven rivers AIA, principal in charge

Steven joined Donald Christian to found their firm, Rivers & Christian in 1979. He is pleased to have among his past and present clients most of the major airlines and airport authorities throughout the western United States. While Aviation is at the heart of his practice Steven is proud to have designed and managed a diverse range of projects over the last thirty four years.


Steven brings a unique ability to direct and manage challenging projects and bring them to a successful resolution. He is widely recognized for his role as Principal-In-Charge for the American Airlines Terminal4 Improvement Project at LAX. Completed in 2002, this extremely complex, fast track project necessitated the development of the new Terminal around a fully operational and functional airline 24/7 schedule. This challenge was met in its entirety through careful planning and extensive collaboration between American Airlines and the entire project team.


Before opening Rivers & Christian, Steven was the Director of Design in Alaska for the structural and civil engineering firm, KPFF. He was responsible for the design & coordination of a number of North Slope projects, such as the Barrow Shopping Mall and the Barrow Corporate Headquarters Building, for which he won the award of Building Of The Year from the Alaska Construction Gas & Oil Association.


austin rivers, senior associate

Austin joined Rivers & Christian in 2004. During his time with the company, he has managed all phases of numerous aviation design projects. He was the Senior Architect for many of the American Airlines Terminal 4 projects, the American Airlines Cargo and GSE relocation, as well as the New American Eagle Remote Terminal at LAX. Austin has served as Senior Architect for the development of an Inline Baggage Project for Southwest Airlines and also a renovation for Southwest’s operations, maintenance and other facilities at LAX's Terminal 1.


Currently, Austin is working for the Los Angeles World Airports to develop and construct the Bradley West T4 Connector at LAX. The project is on a very tight site & has a very complex program with a mixture of high end public spaces and back of the house utilitarian functions. It also requires extensive coordination to meet the strict requirements for the structural elements to be attached to Terminal 4 and TBIT.


Prior to 2004, Austin worked for JDBA, an architectural firm specializing in the design of Educational Facilities. While at JDBA he served as project manager for the design of a number of Los Angeles Unified School District projects.

rivers&christian KEY INDIVIDUALS


autumn rivers allied ASID,
senior associate
interior design

Autumn joined Rivers & Christian in 2007. She is in charge of all residential & interior design projects, as well as corporate finance management. Autumn holds a Master’s degree from Christie’s, London in Fine and Decorative Arts, additionally, she holds a graduate certificate in Interior Design from UCLA, and an undergraduate degree from USC.


While at Rivers & Christian Autumn has been responsible for several major interior design projects, including the redesign of American Airlines’ Admirals Club at LAX and SEA airports. Currently Autumn is working on a number of residential projects in the Palisades, Brentwood and Manhattan Beach areas as well as projects for our commercial clients.


Prior to joining Rivers & Christian, Autumn started her own interior design firm, Maslan Rivers, which specialized in interior design for residential clients. As a partner, Autumn completed a 15,000 sq. foot residence in the Aspen Highlands as well as a 25,000 sq. foot residence in Beverly Park, Beverly Hills.  Her firm also completed work on various projects in Beverly Hills, Hancock Park and the Hollywood Hills.


Autumn has also served as a provenance consultant to Therien & Co Inc, a firm specializing in period antiques and furniture collections.



Kody joined Rivers & Christian in November of 2010. He is the project designer for the T4-TBIT Connector Project and is the designer for a Long Range Airport Planning Project for LAWA (Los Angeles World Airports). Kody was in charge of design for the Virgin America Terminal 3 at LAX.


Kody’s credentials and design skills are numerous and recognized with many design awards, including a 2015 National Design Award for the Broadway Affordable Housing & a 2010 AIA National Design Award for the Camino Nuevo High School.


Prior to joining Rivers & Christian, Kody was a Senior Project Designer at Daly Genik Architects now Kevin Daly Architects in Santa Monica. At Daly Genik, he participated in the design, and documentation of a number of projects including the Palms Residence, the Westgate Residence, Broadway Affordable Housing, and Stuart House Center of Santa Monica. In addition Kody has been a project design team member for the Art Center College of Design Student Housing, the Camino Nuevo High School, the BMW Group DesignworksUSA studio, and the Harvard University Art Museums Allston Center.

kody kellogg, senior designer
douglas gruninger, senior project manager

Douglas joined Rivers & Christian in January 2015. He has over 25 years of stable employment history prior to joining Rivers & Christian. He is currently working on the H3 Hangar Relocation project for American Airlines, and the TBIT CTX Project. His responsibilities include production oversight, workflow efficiency management, and coordination of firm’s administrative and technical efforts, in addition to project management and client relationship management duties.


Douglas was a project manager at Gin Wong Associates where he worked extensively on projects at LAX, before joining Rivers & Christian.


Prior to GWA, Douglas was a Senior Associate at Studio 440 Architecture and Acoustics in Hollywood, where some of his notable projects included Walt Disney Digital Studio Facility, and Paramount Studios Production Building.


rey funes LEED AP, project manager

Rey joined Rivers & Christian in 2015. A leader with strong management skills as well as an architect/civil engineer with award-winning artistic vision, Rey is passionate about working on behalf of companies that create and produce excellent interior, architectural & structural results.


When on the production side of architecture and interior design, he demonstrated the ability to take a project from concept to completion while considering budget constraints and time-lines. When acting as an advocate for a company, he applies the same tenacity that he displayed when he was an entrepreneur, willing to work relentlessly with his global contacts until he secures the necessary private equity or venture capital and achieves the prescribed goals.


Before Rivers & Christian Rey contributed to several projects with CSA, Wolcott, SSPA and RSA & ran his own architecture firm in Brazil.