Prior to founding CHARLES DI PIAZZA ARCHITECTURE in Austin, Charles worked for two internationally recognized offices on projects ranging in size from a carbon-neutral city of 90,000 inhabitants and a skyscraper, to a retail bank branch prototype and an intimate gallery of photographic arts. He has been responsible for all phases of design and has consistently endeavored to integrate design with nature.
Charles believes buildings can provoke us toward better social interaction, a more open relationship with nature and more productive and upbeat lives. Another of Charles’ interests is sustainability, and toward this goal he strives to contribute toward projects in terms of reduced footprints, recycled materials and minimal energy solutions.
Born in Casablanca and raised in the South of France, Charles has become a life-long student of the culture and architectural history of the Mediterranean region. In addition to practice, Charles is adjunct faculty at The University of Texas School of Architecture in Austin since 2012. He also founded Mediterranean Modern, an architectural touring company dedicated to guiding travelers in the exploration and study of Art and Architecture in and around the Mediterranean region.
He is a registered architect in Texas and Massachusetts and his firm has recently been the recipient of two AIA Austin Design Awards (for the Court and Corten Residence and the Texas French Bread Dining Terrace).
Courses taught: Vertical Design Studio, Intermediate Studio, Environmental Control II
- -M.Arch., The University of Texas at Austin, 1996
- -B. Art, The University of Texas at Austin 1992