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Charles T. Smith, AIA, LEED AP

Co-Director, Education Market


I am lucky to be part of CannonDesign and collaborate with our firm’s top-tier talent. Addressing and aligning client needs and project opportunities in today’s changing education landscape is both a daily challenge and honor. I embrace the process of listening, digesting issues and driving toward strategic design solutions.

Charles leads the development and growth of CannonDesign’s global education practice. A well-versed strategic leader, he engages with top-tier institutions across multiple education-market sectors, and has experience in typologies spanning the education spectrum. Specifically, he has dedicated most of his career to the convergence of education, health and science + technology, creating groundbreaking learning spaces aligned with high-growth job sectors. In addition to client work, Charles assists in mentoring internal teams, helping ensure our next generation of leaders has the tools and skills they need to succeed. He has frequently contributed to respected publications and organizations, offering insights on the trajectory of the education industry and how traditional silos are being removed to support new partnerships and educational experiences.