Prior to founding CHARLES DI PIAZZA ARCHITECTURE in Austin, Charles worked for two internationally recognized offices on projects ranging in size from a carbon-neutral city of 90,000 inhabitants and a skyscraper, to a retail bank branch prototype and an intimate gallery of photographic arts. He has been responsible for all phases of design and has consistently endeavored to integrate design with nature.
Charles believes buildings can provoke us toward better social interaction, a more open relationship with nature and more productive and upbeat lives. Another of Charles’ interests is sustainability, and toward this goal he strives to contribute toward projects in terms of reduced footprints, recycled materials and minimal energy solutions. He is a registered architect in Texas and Massachusetts and was voted Best Architect by Austin Monthly's 2015 People Readers' Choice.
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Born in Casablanca and raised in the South of France, Charles has become a life-long student of the culture and architectural history of the Mediterranean region. In addition to practice, Charles founded Mediterranean Modern, an architectural touring company dedicated to guiding travelers in the exploration and study of Art and Architecture in and around the Mediterranean region.
Charles joined the Board of NPF in 2013 and currently serves as Vice President. The mission of the Norwood Park Foundation is to restore the Norwood House to its historic exterior appearance, rehabilitate the surrounding historic grounds and gardens, and re-purpose the property to serve the people of Austin as a premier, nonprofit and self-sustaining rental venue and community meeting space.
Charles is currently a lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, where he has taught since 2012.
Project Completed at David Chipperfield Architects (Project Architect):
2010 - 2011 Marrakech Gallery, Marrakech, Morocco
Projects completed at Foster + Partners (Project Architect):
2009 - 2010 J14 & K11 Office Buildings, Masdar, United Arab Emirates
2007 - 2009 BMCE Branches, Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Morocco
2007 Commonwealth Institute, London, United Kingdom
2006 - 2007 Santa Giulia Housing, Milan, Italy
2006 Tower M Competition, Paris, France