Robert Charest

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies
McMichael Science Building 003J
2015 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
rcharest@elon.edu (336) 278-5615

Brief Biography

Robert Michel Charest is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Studies at Elon University. He was the founder and director of Urban Studio, a community-oriented design-build effort, at The University of North Carolina Greensboro. His work with Urban Studio has garnered significant external funding, received numerous awards and has been featured in national as well as international design publications. Professor Charest has also published and presented widely in the areas of academic design-build, quality affordable housing and community transformation. Originally from Montréal, Québec, Robert holds a post-professional Master of Architecture in History and Theory from McGill University, a Bachelor of Architecture from Université de Montréal and a Design Diploma from Dawson College. He is an apprenticed master carpenter and held a builder’s license, from La régie du bâtiment du Québec, prior to establishing in the U.S. in 2003. He has taught at Université de Montréal, in the Schools of Architecture and of Industrial Design, as well as at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. Prior to becoming a scholar, Robert practiced architecture, as well as interior and product design, in Canada, the U.S. and Israel.

Education

M. Arch. II, Post-professional Master of Architecture in History and Theory, McGill University

B. Arch., Baccalaure´at en architecture, E´cole d'architecture, Universite´ de Montre´al

Diplo^me colle´gial en ame´nagement, Dawson College

Employment History

Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Studies, Elon University

Associate Professor, Department of Interior Architecture, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Assistant professor, Department of Interior Architecture, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Visiting lecturer, School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin

Adjunct professor, E´cole de design and E´cole d'architecture, Faculte´ de l’ame´nagement, Universite´ de Montre´al

Lecturer, Colle`ge technique de Montre´al

Leadership Positions

Coordinator, Graduate Concentration in Interior Product Design, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Founder and director, urban s t u d i o Prefabrication Atelier, Gateway University Research Park, UNCG

Faculty fellow, Office of Leadership and Service-Learning, The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Founder and director, urban s t u d i o [us], The University of North Carolina Greensboro

Co-founder, Interior Design program, Universite´ de Montre´al

Research

Professor Charest's research interests include sustainable architecutre. He has published and presented widely in the areas of academic design-build, quality affordable housing and community transformation.

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