Charles Portelli

Charles Portelli

New York, NY, US



Architect | Computational Designer | Photography Enthusiast | Creative Coder

Charles is a licensed architect and designer based in New York City with a strong interest in computational design / technology, continuously exploring new methodologies that link design, construction, and fabrication together. Most of his work creates a connection between the digital and physical realms. Charles is a member of the AIA, RIBA, CTBUH Future Leaders NYC chapter, and holds a certification in Construction Documentation Technology

Currently Charles is an Associate Applications Developer at Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio  where he focuses on the intersection of Computational Design, application development, and product management utilizing agile techniques to develop various applications used in the AEC industry ranging from facades to structure modeling.

Previously Charles was the Senior Product Manager at where he developed a prioritized product roadmap which aligned with user needs and company goals. Charles oversaw two software engineering teams focusing on developing stronger streamlined integrations between various design modeling, and data applications, driving home the idea of a holistic BIM environment for the AEC industry.

Prior to Flux, Charles was an Associate Principal and head of the Computation Design efforts at Kohn Pedersen Fox in NYC from 2007 to 2016. During that time he worked on a number of projects varying in scale, location, and typology. He developed a series of new workflows that explored new design options and streamlined development facades.

Charles has also taught at various universities including Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York City College of Technology, where he currently teaches. Charles has also guest lectured at MIT. He has been invited as a guest critic to the Parson New School of Design, Stevens Institute of Technology, Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York, and  the University of Pennsylvania.


CORE Studio Thornton Tomasetti, New York, NY, US, Associate Applications Developer | Computational Designer

Jan 2019 - current

New York City College of Technology, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Professor

Aug 2018 - current, New York, NY, US, Senior Product Manager

Feb 2016 - Feb 2018

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, Adjunct Professor

Jan 2016 - May 2016

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), New York, NY, US, Associate Principal | Computational Designer

Jun 2007 - Feb 2016

Pratt Institute, New York, NY, US, Adjunct Professor

Jan 2007 - Dec 2008


Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, US, Masters, Product Architecture & Engineering

Sep 2005 - May 2007

New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark, NJ, US, BArch, Architecture

Jan 2000 - Aug 2004

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