Associate Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning; Acting Chair and Associate Professor, Paul Rubacha Department of Real Estate
Suzanne Lanyi Charles's teaching and research examine physical, social, and economic changes in older inner-ring suburban neighborhoods. In particular, her research addresses infill redevelopment and mansionization, the financialization of housing, and single-family rental housing. Charles was a recipient of a 2021–2022 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award to Belgium to collaborate with the Real Estate Financial Complex research group at KU Leuven on her comparative study of institutional real estate investment in housing and its effects on tenants, neighborhoods, and housing markets in the EU and the U.S. Her research has been supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, and the President's Council of Cornell Women. Previously, she worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, as a Vice President at Booth Hansen Architects in Chicago, and as a real estate consultant at the Weitzman Group in New York City.
Charles holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture and received her doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University in 2011.