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Charney Architects LLC

1140 Chapel Street New Haven, CT 06511 

Tel 203-773-5057, Fax 203-777-2608

The Firm

Charney Architects llc is the full service AIA-registered architectural and interior design firm of twin brothers Richard and Robert Charney, founded in 1988.

Most of our work consists of new construction, renovations, additions and adaptive reuse for educational, medical and non-profit clients. With many of our clients we have a continuous flow of planning and design commissions. We believe this speaks to the quality of our design solutions, the thoroughness of our construction documents, and the attention we give to project administration and construction phase services.

Many of our projects have been renovation, addition, and infill projects that have strong planning and architectural constraints. Our projects range from small outdoor recycling and trash centers to libraries, art gallery lighting, classrooms, labs, faculty offices, roof repairs and façade restorations. We have recently completed a new Center for Engineering Innovation and Design (CEID) for the Yale School of Engineering, a complete renovation and addition to the Floriculture Center at the University of Connecticut, and a renovation of 4 floors of Yale’s 1960’s-era former Hillhouse Health Center into general use classrooms and labs including the Yale Institute for Network Sciences and first TEAL (Technology Enabled Active Learning) classroom. September 2016 marked the opening of the The Policy Lab, a “maker space for the social sciences” for Yale’s Institute for Social and Policy Studies, a renovation in Yale’s only McKim, Mead, and White building.

We have particular expertise in the design of utility and power plant facilities that complement and fit into existing university and urban campus settings. Over the last few years we have designed three industrial facilities for Yale: a new 15 MegaWatt cogeneration facility in the heart of the Medical School Campus, a new Science Hill chilled water plant, and an addition to the Central Power Plant. Just completed, and now in operation, is a chiller plant expansion at the University of Vermont.   


Our firm has developed a reputation for design solutions that suit our client’s needs and objectives. We adapt the architectural character of our work to the specific goals, aspirations and opportunities unique to each project.


The look and character of our work is as varied as the architectural assignment given. The diversity of our projects has enriched our professional experience and allowed us to approach each new assignment with enthusiasm. We recognize the role of good research, problem-solving, communication and imagination in architecture.   


Architecture is at its core a process of collaboration in search for solutions.  Charney Architects believes in a team approach to design, so we encourage and respect the involvement of our clients in the development of our work. We work closely with our clients and consultants to achieve the best solution possible, given the program, site, budget, schedule, building code, and miscellaneous other conditions that define the architectural problem.  As the Design Team leaders it is our responsibility to identify and organize these issues into a coherent, functional and handsome project.  We also look for that intangible extra that adds value beyond the program and makes a project memorable.  It is incumbent upon us to present our ideas and recommendations in a way that generates understanding and enthusiasm for the project.  Our skills at communication extend into our relationships with individual stakeholders and the community as a whole.

For nearly 30 years Rob and Rich have kept Charney Architects a small firm in order to allow the direct involvement of both principals in all aspects of each project. Now, after years of successful collaboration with other architectural firms, acting either as the Architect of Record, or as Design Consultant, they are transitioning the firm primarily into the role of Architectural Design Consultant.


Charney Architects LLC is proud to have received a year 2000 Design Award from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA/CT) for the Wilson Elementary School in Jackson, WY, a 2005 AIA/CT Design Award for an Addition to Woodbridge Hall at Yale University, a 2009 AIA/CT Design Award for the Institution for Social & Policy Studies (ISPS) at Yale University, and 2012 AIA/CT Design Honor Award for the Yale Sterling Power Plant Cogeneration Facility, and a 2015 AIA/CT Design Award for the Yale University Central Power Plant Boiler Expansion.


Stoeckel Hall, a LEED Gold renovation addition project housing Yale’s undergraduate Department of Music, surpassed its initial project goal of LEED Silver. Our recently completed top-to-bottom renovation of Yale’s historic President’s House is also in line for LEED Gold certification.


Rich Charney

Rob Charney


The Team