CHARLES PORTELLI

Charles is a licensed architect and designer based in New York City with a strong interest in computational design, continuously exploring new methodologies that link design, construction, and fabrication together. Most of his work creates a connection between the digital and physical realms. Charles is a member of the AIA, RIBA, CTBUH Future Leaders NYC chapter, and holds a certification in Construction Documentation Technology

Currently Charles is a Senior Associate Applications Developer with Thornton Tomasetti’s CORE Studio where he focuses on the intersection of Computational Design, application development, and product management utilizing agile techniques to develop various applications used in the AEC industry.

Previously Charles was the Senior Product Manager at Flux.io where he developed a prioritized product roadmap which aligned with user needs and company goals. Charles also oversaw two software engineering teams focusing on developing stronger streamlined integrations between various design modeling, and data applications, driving home the idea of a holistic BIM environment for the AEC industry. 

Prior to Flux, Charles was an Associate Principal and head of the Computation Design efforts at Kohn Pedersen Fox in NYC from 2007 to 2016. At KPF, Charles lead the applied R & D efforts focusing on rapid prototyping, sustainability, BIM, AR / VR, geometry rationalization, and automation to develop new workflows for design and project delivery. During that time he worked on a number of projects varying in scale, location, and typology. 

Charles has also taught at various universities including Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology, and New York City College of Technology, where he currently teaches. Charles has also guest lectured at MIT. He has been invited as a guest critic to the Parson New School of Design, Stevens Institute of Technology, Pratt, New Jersey Institute of Technology, City College of New York, and  the University of Pennsylvania. 

Presentations & Publications:

  • AIA CIO Large Firm Round Table – Common Data Environment – September 2019

  • NXT Design Week – Innovation panel – August 2019

  • ASCE – Structures Congress: Innovation in Software and Technology – April 2019

  • Plexus Projects – Vitrine Screening – April 2019

  • Moderator for AIA NY – FutureNow – March 2019

  • CTBUH Scandinavia Chapter – Tall Building Technologies – January 2019

  • Moderator for AEC Tech Symposium – Interpolations – October 2018

  • CTBUH NY Chapter – Data and Smart Cities – September 2018

  • Creative Coding MeetUp In-between Pixels – March 2018

  • BuiltWorlds – Project Conference NYC – February 2018

  • BuiltWorlds – Hackathon Speaker & Participant – December 2017

  • CTBUH NY Chapter – The Start of things – October 2017

  • Panelist – Tech and Construction panel discussion – 2017

  • Presented at Chicago Dynamo User Group – September 2016

  • Keynote speaker at Data Day – July 2016

  • Presenter at Facades+ NY – April 2016

  • Taught tech workshop at Facades+ NY – April 2016

  • CTBUH NY Chapter – Computational Design Technology – November 2015

  • Professional work displayed on McNeel News Site – November 2015

  • Professional work displayed on McNeel News Site – July 2015

  • DesignAlyze Podcast – Charlie Portelli Episode 19 – July 2015

  • Professional work presented at RTC – July 2015

  • Professional work presented at NYC Revit User Group – July 2015

  • Skyscraper Museum – 10 Tops – April 2015

  • Archinect – KPF’s Riverside 66 – February 2014

  • Moderator for AEC Symposium – 2013

  • Skyscraper Museum – Sky High – October 2013

  • Presented at Center for Architecture Technology Lecture series – September 2012

  • Skyscraper Museum – Supertall! – July 2011

  • Presented at ACADIA – October 2010

  • Professional work published in “Visual Architecture” – June 2010 vol. 46

  • Co-taught student showcase at Center for Architecture NY – 2009

  • Co-taught Pre-SmartGeometry workshop – 2009

  • Professional work presented at SmartGeometry conference in Munich – 2008

  • Student work displayed at “Scripted By Purpose” exhibit – 2007

  • Student worked published in ACADIA proceedings – 2004