Charles Rose Architects is an award-winning national practice known for its creative and holistic approach to architecture and landscape. Founded in 1990, the mid-sized studio maintains a diverse group of exceptionally talented designers. Our portfolio of work is broad, varying in type, scope, location and complexity. We are known for creating environments that are beautiful, functional, and sustainable. While the work has received acclaim for its artistic merits, we take great pride in our responsiveness to the concerns of our clients.

University of South Dakota, Site Model

Chilmark House, Physical Model

With surprising use of volumes, materials, and geometries, agile movements of spaces, and an active language of planes and lines, Rose creates dynamic, expressive architecture that reminds us that buildings can be both sensitive to their locale and embrace the timeless principles of geometry, material, light, and shadow.

Linda Lee, Charles Rose, Architect, Princeton Architectural Press

Charles Rose, FAIA
Founding Principal

After graduating from Princeton University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Charles Rose established his architectural practice with the intent to develop innovative yet contextually appropriate work. In over two decades, he has completed more than 50 buildings throughout the United States in widely varying settings: physical, ecological, cultural, and historic. The work’s inventiveness, coupled with exceptional craftsmanship, has kept him at the forefront of American design. His award-winning buildings have been praised for their form, orientation to site, and carefully composed experiential sequences as well as their sustainability and net-zero integration.

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How We Work

Our process is sensitive to the values and objectives of our clients and inclusive of different viewpoints and ideas. We find our best work grows out of collaboration and dialogue with our clients. We know that by extensively engaging the user, we gain a deeper understanding of the site, the program and our clients’ aspirations for the project. We find that the constructive and creative involvement of all participants leads to novel, imaginative solutions, and gives us the input we need to carry out highly responsive designs.

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Graphic Design
Feasibility Studies
Interior Design
Landscape Design
Master Planning

Oregon College of Art and Craft

Charles Rose and Charles Rose Architects Affiliations

Fellow, American Institute of Architects

Peer, GSA Design Excellence Program

Signatory, American Institute of Architecture 2030 Commitment

Member, American Institute of Architects

Member, Boston Society for Architecture

Member, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

Member, U.S. Green Building Council

Member, Urban Land Institute

New York City, DDC Design Excellence Program

GSA, National Design Excellence Program

Northwest Arkansas Design Excellence Program

Best of Boston

Best of Houzz

Year Up

Pan-Mass Challenge

Summits Education

Trust for Public Land


Site Design by Amanda Dellevigne in collaboration with Paul Voulgaris (67a2 Media)