Spotlight: Charles Gillon
Charles serves as Warehaus’ Design Lead, and brings 26 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge to his position. His portfolio of work for for mixed-use, retail, and outlet shopping centers and hospitality projects is particularly robust.
His focus on feasibility studies, master plan studies and lease plan development and LODs spans across the 14 states in which he was licensed. His attendance at the IHG Design Immersion Program in 2017 equips Charles with the knowledge of the identity, vision and standards for IHG Brand Hotels, complementing his deep experience with room matrix studies. He also has project experience with wood, load bearing metal stud with hollow-core concrete plans and post-tension concrete.
Charles filled us in on his passion for creative problem solving and the ways he has adapted to working remotely over the past few weeks.
What inspired you to pursue your career path?
My dad was an architectural draftsman so I watched him drafting by hand as a youngster. He taught me skills, like rolling the pencil while making a line. From a young age, I decided I wanted to be an architect.
What advice would you give to students pursuing a similar career?
Take art classes. Also, do a lot of hand drawing when possible. An art portfolio is important to have when applying to colleges. This shows creativity and a level of problem solving.
What is the most fulfilling aspect of your role at Warehaus?
At this point in my career, I really enjoy helping others discover ideas. I want to inspire younger architectural designers to take risks while finding good sustainable solutions. Staying within budget plus getting creative – I like to call it “creative problem solving”.
What aspect of working from home is most challenging?
The hands on aspect with the team is lost when working remotely. Pin ups, critiques, and seeing the physical expressions of others is just as informative as a conversation about design. Good design evokes emotion!
What is keeping you busy in quarantine, in your free time?
For me, running has always brought balance in my life. It’s an opportunity to think free from technology, giving me the freedom to think clearly. I also enjoy long weekends to North Carolina to see my three daughters.