charles a. platt, faia
Charles A. Platt 2nd, an architect and painter, began his architectural practice as a principal in 1965. He has for over forty-five years been a model for the profession in the consistent quality of his designs and the soundness of his professional and civic judgment.
Mr. Platt’s commitment to design and to design appropriateness is a hallmark of his career, and is especially useful in those projects involving landmarks and historic districts. On projects such as the New 42nd Street Studios, the Saginaw Art Museum, and the Park Avenue Armory, Mr. Platt used his insight and design skills to produce modern work that understands and honors their sources and neighbors. His projects have a remarkable range, from a minuscule and colorful Seventh Avenue building, approved in minutes by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, to the 57th Street headquarters of Chanel, Inc., and the expansion and extensive renovation of its facilities in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Throughout his career Mr. Platt has been active in public affairs related to architecture, the arts, and historic preservation. He served as a member of the New York City Landmarks Commission for five years and is a director of the Municipal Arts Society, serving as chair of its Preservation Committee and as a member of its Executive and Planning committees. By appointment of the governor and the mayor he is also a director of and Secretary to the board of the New 42 Inc. He is a member of the board of the Gracie Mansion Conservancy, and a member and past president of the board of the Augustus Saint-Gaudens Memorial at the National Historic Site. Mr. Platt is a National Academician and has been a Visiting Critic at Cornell University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Graduate School of Design at Harvard.