Charles Vega

Charles Vega

Kansas City, MO, US



My work is fueled by my substantial interest in place-based, regional design and the poetics which drive a person to partake in architecture. 


El Dorado, Kansas City, MO, US, Project Design

Nov 2015 - current

Lantern Journal, Kansas City, MO, US, Design Editor

Lantern Journal is an academic journal focused on collaboration of minds. I work as a co-editor, the design editor as well as the graphic designer & publication coordinator for the journal.

Inaugural issue (Volume I, Issue 1) was released in the Spring of 2012 with subsequent issues at the equinoctes and solstices. The first issue of Volume II (VIIi Ritual) is to be published on the Vernal Equinox.

Jan 2012 - current

LIONarchitecture, Kansas City, MO, US, Owner/Partner

LIONarchitecture is a design practice based on the creation of a new/old lexicon of architecture
through the study of the human response to the conditions of the planet.

May 2007 - current

Pendulum, Kansas City, MO, US, Designer

My role at Pendulum was Lead Designer, Project Manager on many local projects. I also offer Project Management support on many sports and other projects around the country.

Dec 2014 - Oct 2015

Blackbird Design Studio, Kansas City, MO, US, Designer

Designer at Blackbird Design Studio. Tasks at blkbrd included Design Conceptualization, Documentation, Client interaction, Graphic Design, Website Design, Product Design and Photographer.

Sep 2013 - Dec 2014

Tompkins Architects, Kansas City, MO, US, Lead Designer

I worked as Lead Designer for various office design, residential, health care and governmental projects. I have and continue to work on all phases of design om concept, design development, construction documentation and construction administration.

May 2009 - Sep 2013

360 Architecture, Kansas City, MO, US, Staff Designer

During my time at 360, I worked on all phases of design from concept, design development, construction documentation and construction administration. I managed and designed on small design projects such as restaurants and worked with large and small design teams on private sports clubs, commercial, religious, large scale sports facilities, graphics as well as custom furniture and fixture design.

Jun 2007 - Mar 2009

AB design studio, inc., Santa Barbara, CA, US, Intern

At AB I created models and early design phases for residences in Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

Jun 2006 - Aug 2006


Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, US, BArch, Architecture, Planning & Design

Achieved a 5-year NAAB accredited degree in a design-centered curriculum of professional and critical
discourse reinforced by liberal studies.

During my time at KSU, I began my search for the foundational responsibility of architecture and the
philosophy behind an honest creative process. This lead ultimately to a search for a more poetic architecture.

Aug 2002 - May 2007


Exhibition at the Nelson Atkins, Other

Speaking and work exhibition at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in March of 2013 discussing the qualities of Home.


Best Un-Built Project - ‘Urbavore Farm’, 1st Place

A regional Architecture and Design award for the Midwest Region. Currently under construction.


Top Selected Project, Other

Urban Green-House Project
Exhibited at the Gallery MC - New York, New York (May-June 2012)


Areas of Specialization