Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

Baltimore, MD, US



Creative and organized design and development professional with extensive senior level leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Well developed problem solving and decision making  skills have been significant career success factors. Communicates effectively at all levels, with both internal and external clients. Strengths in strategic, urban, and master planning, programming,design and construction management have consistently achieved positive results.  


Ayers Saint Gross, Baltimore, MD, US, Senior Associate

Primary responsibilities included master planning, programming, and strategic planning for the firm's institutional clients. This work required hiring the most experienced and cost-effective consulting team for each project, managing both internal and external resources within schedule and budget, and exceeding client's expectations throughout the process. Frequent communications with cabinet level administrators ensured that both the short term and long range goals of the institution were being met in a practical yet visionary manner, and were financially achievable.

Mar 2007 - Nov 2011

University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, US, Senior Project Manager

Primary responsibilities included strategic planning, design, and construction management of multiple large scale complex projects. This work required negotiations and prioritization to solve multiple problems for a variety of users, while respecting the contextual setting of adjacent buildings and open spaces. Frequent communications with the President, Vice Presidents, Deans, and senior administrators built effective working relationships to ensure that the architectural and financial parameters developed were in alignment with the goals and objectives of the institution and supported the principles of the Master Plan.
Direct supervision of design professionals achieved consensus building by presenting plans, renderings, models, reports, and pro forma to client members, executive administrators, and the Design Review Committee. Management of construction teams included bid & award, timely reporting on budgets and schedules, regular progress meetings, change order negotiations & approval, project close-out and commissioning.

Sep 1993 - Dec 2006

ORS Associates, McLean, VA, US, Senior Associate and Project Manger

Strategic planning and programming, project team selection, contract negotiations, budget and schedule development, design and construction management, client marketing and presentations.

Dec 1990 - Jun 1993

The Oliver Carr Company, Washington, DC, US, Design and Construction Manager

Selected architectural and engineering consultants for each project, developed and negotiated their contracts, and guided the team through programming, planning, and design to meet the requirements of each client. Negotiated projects through city, county, and state agencies; coordinated the work with public utilities, building and zoning departments. Detailed activities included budget development and adherence, approval of pay applications, change order negotiations, and schedule control for on-time completions.

Jun 1988 - Nov 1990

The Environmental Design Group, Reston, VA, US, Senior Project Architect

Designed and directed multiple projects from early planning and programming, through schematic design to construction documentation. Scheduled and coordinated in-house staff with outside consultants. Prepared and delivered client presentations. Created master plans and site plans for buildings, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, parking, landscaping and open space, and site features. Managed projects to secure approvals from clients, governmental agencies, and citizen groups.

Feb 1983 - May 1988


Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, VA, US, BArch, Architecture & Urban Studies

Aug 1968 - Jun 1972

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