Texas Tech University

Charlie O'Geen

Visiting Instructor

M.Arch, Cranbrook Academy of Art & SUNY Buffalo
B.S., SUNY Buffalo

Charlie O'Geen's work investigates the exploitation of existing site conditions for use as building systems, in opposition to conventional building practices which are materially consuming. Unconventionally, O'Geen's work moves off paper and into the full-scale realities of site and material, and looks to expose and explore the opportunities of existing material energy. Rather than starting with the formal visual properties of design, O'Geen's process weighs the potential of conditions already present at the building site, creating experiments that develop fully mature material systems that grow from untapped resources in sites and materials.

O'Geen holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo as well as a Masters of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of art, and was recently awarded a fellowship by the Kresge Foundation for his research in Detroit, MI. O'Geen has taught at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, Maryland Institute College of Art, and recently at the University of New Mexico as a visiting assistant professor. O'Geen has worked for multiple design-build practices, and has managed construction projects in Canada, the Netherlands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the U.S. Most recently, O'Geen oversaw construction of multiple art, performance, and living spaces for Power House Productions, a Detroit based neighborhood non-profit. Currently, O'Geen is researching a fabric formed dynamic poured earth construction system as well as pursuing a patent for and installing a tire roofing system on a residence in Detroit.