Patrick P. Charles

Patrick P. Charles's current research agenda is on teaching methods conducive to the integration of sustainability, building envelope, and construction detailing issues in architectural design education. His teaching and his consulting work both draw heavily from the highly formative experience he gained while working at the Paris branch of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the office of world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano. While at the RPBW, he worked on various projects with different scales and scopes in addition to a continuous commitment to the large-scale Potsdamer Platz project in Berlin, the redevelopment of which became possible after the fall of the Berlin Wall. RPBW's emphasis on collaborative design and systems integration, sustainable design, materiality and quality of detailing has played a key role in Charles's subsequent teaching, consulting, and research endeavors.

Charles joined the Cornell faculty following 15 years of teaching at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island, and at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago.

Charles received his master of science in architecture studies from MIT and his architecture diploma (D.P.L.G.) from the Ecole d'Architecture de Nancy, France.

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  • ARCH 4605/6605 Special Topics Construction: Glass EnclosuresThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Construction. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .
  • ARCH 4605/6605 Special Topics Construction: Curtain Walls 2.0This course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of Construction. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .