Charles Duncan

Charlie has more than thirty years of experience in architectural design, historic architecture and architectural history, including: the design for historic building rehabilitations and adaptive re-use, existing condition and architectural surveys, historic resource evaluations, context statements, Secretary of the Interior’s Standards evaluations, Historic American Building Survey documentation, and Section 106 consultations and tax credit applications.

Charlie recalls always wanting to be an architect and becoming interested in historic buildings at a young age. His family took weekend trips through Western Pennsylvania to photograph the last surviving stone iron furnaces, water mills and covered bridges. “As I pursued my career in architecture, many of my projects involved the rehabilitation of existing buildings, or if new construction, site work that sometimes required an archeological survey of 18th century foundations. I learned there’s no difference between the architect as designer and as historian, and combining historic preservation and pure architectural design has become a passion.”

Charlie and his wife live in a rehabilitated historic fraternal lodge with the spatial quality of an urban barn. They are avid small boat sailors and volunteers at the East Brother Light Station. He is father to two children, of whom he is very proud.


  • Masters of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 1980
  • Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University, 1977

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Pennsylvania Licensed Architect

Professional Associations

  • Western Association of Preservation Technology
  • American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
  • California Preservation Foundation
  • East Brother Light Station, Inc. (Secretary)