Urban Design

During his almost 40-year career, Mr. Gordon has served as Vice President/Senior Designer at one of the nation’s largest multidisciplinary A/E firms; as Director of Design for one of Western New York’s most successful A/E firms. As Principal of Charles Gordon Architecture, he is currently directing the design for over $200 million in a variety of Urban Developments.

Highlights include a new Downtown Waterfront Residential Community, a Hi-density low/mid rise Mixed-Use Development in one of Buffalo’s historic neighborhoods, and continuing advisory role in re-shaping Buffalo’s Downtown Inner Harbor. Just recently, Mr. Gordon led a multi-disciplinary team that was awarded $1M First Prize and commission for the Gates-Re-Use competition, to re-purpose an aging 10 acre urban hospital complex into a Mixed Use re-development highlighted by a teaching Hospital for Veterinary Medicine. His widely acclaimed Vision to re-design the Erie Street corridor to re-connect Downtown Waterfront to Main Street is an on- going effort.

Campus Planning

CGA has been involved with Campus Planning initiatives for over 20 years, ranging from Campus Housing at Cornell University, SUNY@ Buffalo and Medaille College in Buffalo, to physical Master Planning for expansions at Buffalo’s D’Youville College.

In addition to ongoing work for Daemen College, we led the local participation for Stan Eckstut/EEK Architects' 2nd place competition finish in 2007 to undertake UB2020 Master Plan. This effort resulted in the single largest upstate Campus Planning initiative in last quarter century.

Representative Projects


What makes CGA different?

  1. We collaborate well—from teaming with  multi-disciplinary groups led by internationally famous  Ehrenkrantz Eckstut & Kuhn architects[ EEKA] on Canalside  and as finalist  in UB 2020 Master Plan  competition;  to assembling and managing large teams on enumerable large scale  developer driven initiatives.
  2. Award winning designer Charles Gordon commitment from  start to finish –Clients  know they have Charlie Gordon’s personal involvement on regular continuing basis from beginning to end for all accepted assignments.
  3. Our almost  20 year experience in participating, then leading very complex public-private undertakings focusing on  Urban Design/ “ Public realm” related work.
  4. Over 90% of our work over last 15 years comes directly, or indirectly,  from repeat Clients—We treasure our Clients—otherwise, we wouldn’t be working,  nor could we succeed.