Associate Professor; Director, School of Architecture Practicum Program
Rice University Bachelor of Arts / Architecture + Art and Art History, 1981
Rice University, Bachelor of Architecture, 1983
Columbia University, Master of Architecture / Building Design, 1989
Construction technology, Tectonics, Foundational Design, Critical Regionalism, Minimalism and Architecture
Charles Rudolph is an architect and associate professor who began teaching at Georgia Tech in 1993. He moved to Atlanta from New York City, where he worked in the offices of Peter M. Wheelwright and Pei, Cobb, Freed and Partners. Rudolph's experience at Pei, Cobb, Freed included working with partner Michael Flynn, the firm's curtain wall specialist. Rudolph received a MS in Building Design from Columbia in 1989 (studying under Kenneth Frampton) and teaches courses in construction technology and seminars that focus on the current status of tectonics in contemporary architecture and building culture. His teaching centers on the design studio at all levels, foremost including the “Core” foundational studio, which he has taught almost continuously since 2004. From 1997-2010, he directed the Career Discovery in Architecture summer program for high school students. From 2010-14, he was part of an NSF-sponsored interdisciplinary team that investigated the potential for integrating alternative energy technology (bio-fuel from harvested algae / waste stream management) in the design of high-density urban housing. In 2016, Rudolph began directing the Practicum Program, which places students for “externships” in award-winning architecture firms across the US.
During his undergraduate years at Rice University, Rudolph studied painting and art history and continues to explore relationships between architecture, the visual arts, and contemporary aesthetic theory. He has taught a seminar titled "Minimal Art and Architecture" and has written on minimal art's 'phenomenological practice' –specifically its influence on the making and perceiving of place in the contemporary city and landscape. Other research interests are in the area of design-for-communities and adaptive reuse in the transitioning neighborhoods of Atlanta. Since the Olympic year of 1996, Rudolph has conducted several studios that engage community groups and design centers in the visioning of empty schools, abandoned lots, and underused parks in historic communities bordering downtown Atlanta.
NSF-SEP (Sustainable Energy Pathways): “Sustainable Housing through Holistic Waste Stream Management and Algal Cultivation. The project was a joint venture bringing together faculty from the Schools of Building Construction (Castro-Lacouture, Co-PI) Architecture (C. Rudolph, Co-PI), City and Regional Planning (P. Yang, Co-PI) with Ohio University’s Center for Algal Engineering and Commercialization. As part of the focus on architectural design integration and construction, Rudolph led an undergraduate “algae-powered” housing studio in fall 2016.