Charles Joins CRP and Baker Program

News
July 14, 2015

Suzanne Lanyi Charles joined the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Baker Program in Real Estate as an assistant professor on July 1.

Charles's current scholarly research examines physical, social, and economic changes in postwar suburban neighborhoods. Her research has received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and from the Real Estate Academic Initiative at Harvard University.

"Suzanne Charles brings an unusual combination of knowledge and experience to CRP and the Baker Program," says Susan Christopherson, chair of CRP. "Her Ph.D. in planning has given her a broad view of urban development that can help students gain perspective on emerging trends, such as suburban transformation and inner city densification. And as an architect with experience in the real estate industry, she can convey the value that good design brings to real estate development." 

Prior to coming to AAP, Charles was an assistant professor of architecture at Northeastern University in Boston, and an assistant professor of urban planning at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. She has worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, and at Booth Hansen in Chicago; and also as a real estate consultant at the Weitzman Group in New York City. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, and received her doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University.

Charles's spouse, Patrick Charles, has been hired as a visiting associate professor of architecture, with teaching responsibilities in the Department of Architecture and the Baker Program in Real Estate.