David Brownlee, LEED AP

// Chief Operating Officer + Principal

Education, Certifications, & Achievements

Oklahoma State University // Bachelor of Science // 1985
Oklahoma State University // Bachelor of Science // 1986
North Carolina State University // Master of Arts, MLA // 1988
Scrum Master

Associations & Involvement

COO Forum
Board of Directors at the Brevard Family Partnership
Past member of the CEO & Executive Advisory Group at the Vistage CEO Network
Past member of the Board of Directors at the Wake Tech Foundation
Past member of the Board of Directors at the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering
Past member of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME)
National Eagle Scout Association
Habitat for Humanity

As a transformational executive, David serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Charlan Brock Architects. With proven leadership and management abilities, he directs business operations, setting strategies for business growth, process improvement, and delivery of innovation strategy development. His diverse and versatile skill sets make him adept at not only analyzing situations but building and executing plans for improvement and success.

David’s leadership style is best described as collaborative and hands-on. He seeks to interact daily with individuals, coaching them to deliver beyond their expectations and overcome difficult times. Having been described as a persuader, David proactively connects quickly to build relationships grounded in mutual respect and trust with his team.

As a versatile leader, David’s skills have led to many leadership positions within the architectural field. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer and Principal with BRPH Architects and Engineers, as well as Principal and multiple Director roles with Perkins & Will Architects. He demonstrates strong business acumen, an ability to be agile and adaptable in a changing environment, and skill sets necessary to build high performance global teams that deliver.

Throughout his career, David has found success as an accomplished speaker, author, and active community leader, and he has been honored to utilize his business knowledge to serve on several not-for-profit boards.