Charles originally trained as a theatre and film designer and worked extensively in the UK and abroad. In 1988, he was invited to join the UK’s foremost International Hotel Design company where he remained for five years, working on luxury projects across Europe.
In 1994, he established his own design practice, CLA which specialised in Hospitality and Residential design. In 2010 he was joined by Nicholas Black and in 2014 they formed the partnership Leon Black. Leon Black specialises in Residential and Hospitality Design and Interior Architecture.
Charles is past President of the BIID (British Institute of Interior Design) and also lectures internationally on design theory, innovation, emotion and the workings of the designer’s mind. He is also a guest lecturer at Middlesex University, KLC and The Interior Design School.
“In my opinion, innovation and creative thinking are innately human qualities that drive us to constantly improve our wellbeing and our situation in life. I am passionate about design, its role in innovation and its ability to transform the way people behave and feel. I am fascinated by the complex emotional, mental, environmental, social and political issues that are experienced through design”.