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Acting Chief Architect, Public Buildings Service and Director, Center for Workplace Strategy | U.S. General Services Administration

Charles Hardy

Charles Hardy is currently dual-hatted serving as the acting Chief Architect of the General Services Administration’s Public Buildings Service as well as the Director of GSA’s Center for Workplace Strategy. Hardy serves as senior executive and advisor to the GSA Administrator and PBS Commissioner on all matters concerning Federal architecture and design. In this capacity, Hardy provides visionary and national leadership and high level technical policy direction for the agency regarding design quality and innovation, design excellence, and cost effectiveness in design. Heading design efforts across the country with support in vital areas such as design and construction, real estate services, and procurement he is responsible for research and development in the delivery of innovative workplace solutions throughout the federal government.

Hardy holds two degrees from the University of Minnesota: a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Design; and Executive Program certificates from Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Texas-McCombs School of Business. Hardy speaks frequently on workplace transformation and moving the government to a 21st century workplace. He is a licensed architect and certified construction manager. He is published in AIA Architect Magazine, in two books on transformative practices and in numerous other publications.

Hardy is active in both the public and professional community having served as a board member of the Construction Managers Association of America and trustee for the Construction Users Roundtable; on the Board of Directors for the Chicago ACE Mentor Program, and a member of the Associated General Contractors of America Public-Private Industry Advisory Council.