Charles is president, chief operating officer, and a member of the board of directors for DLR Group. He also serves on the firm’s executive leadership team, responsible for leading and managing operations in all DLR Group offices across the United States and internationally.
He is a passionate advocate for design and serves as co-chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) – Association of General Contractors Joint Committee; chair of the AIA Large Firm Round Table’s COO Committee; past chair and member of the AIA’s Federal Architecture Task Group; and as an Executive Board Member of the Design Futures Council, along with membership in additional national and local organizations.
His advocacy also includes activity on Capitol Hill, lobbying and testifying on behalf of architects, engineers, planners, and interior designers; and is a featured speaker to business, government, and design groups around the world.
“Design must have real purpose within the markets in which we operate. Design can elevate the human experience for all audiences that interact with a building, with a space. I believe that what we do makes a difference.”
Charles’ experience spans design, project management, and firm leadership. He has lived and worked around the world and been responsible for projects in more than 25 countries. He graduated from the University of Nebraska’s College of Architecture, and was been honored with its Alumni Master of Architecture Gold Medal.
“An employee-owned firm provides tangible benefits for clients. Employee-owners bring pride, passion, purpose, inspiration, and innovation to a client’s project every day. This does advance design and result in a building that meets the dreams and goals of a client.”