Charles L. “Butch” Charlan

Charles L. “Butch” Charlan


For over thirty-five years Butch has honed his skills at understanding the science and art of partnering with his clients. He thinks of it as a collaboration in the creative process. It is a journey whose mission it is to yield a design solution that is in harmony with what the client perceives to be critical parameters and what may lie within the client’s subconscious knowledge and only needs to be encouraged to come out. Additionally, he knows how to draw on the expertise that he either has or can access from the talented staff and consultants that share in the process with him. From Butch’s perspective, this is a passionate journey of empowerment that is not complete until the architecture is built and functioning above all expectations. The highest standards must be exceeded from a marketability, constructability and sustainability perspective in order for the project to be a true success.

 A native of Florida, Charles L “Butch” Charlan graduated from the University of Florida in 1974, with a Bachelors Degree in Architecture. As a founding principal of Charlan · Brock · Architects, an architectural firm that was formed in 1981, Butch heads the marketing and strategic planning for the firm. At the same time he shares the responsibilities for much of the initial programming, conceptual land planning, and architectural design and has done so for literally hundreds of projects across the United States.

Butch is a member of the American Institute of Architects, and a registered Architect in seventeen states and is NCARB certified. He has also been a director of the Mid-Florida Chapter of the AIA and is a past member of the AIA National Housing Committee. For over twenty-five years, he has been a full member of the Urban Land Institute and has served on its District Steering Committee. He has spoken frequently at housing and resort conferences and has been asked quite often to contribute articles to Builder Magazine, Professional Builder, Southeast Home Builder, Florida Home Builder and Multi-Housing News. Butch is also past President of the All-Suites Hotel and Motel Association.

Although he has been a major factor in the firm’s numerous major design awards he will always measure success by his clients level of satisfaction.