Charles Rose is an American architect whose designs reflect a keen feel for landscape and the different characteristics of a building site – whether in rocky coastal surroundings or dense urban neighbourhoods. He earned degrees in Architecture at Princeton University and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. After Harvard, Rose worked with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh, an experience that influenced his design philosophy of architecture that “sees the site.” The relationship of architecture to site is a constant and central focus of his work. For each project Charles studies the site and environment to create architecture that responds both formally, functionally and materially to the surroundings. Buildings are knit into the landscape; forms resonate with features of the site and mediate the site’s unique demands, such as climate and orientation toward the Sun.