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General Services Administration Names Charles Hardy as Chief Architect

New GSA chief architect

General Services Administration Names Charles Hardy as Chief Architect

Charles Hardy has assumed the role of chief architect at the General Services Administration, effective Aug. 14. He now serves as a senior adviser to GSA Administrator Robin Carnahan and Nina Albert, commissioner of the agency’s Public Buildings Service.

Hardy will provide counsel on matters related to federal architecture and administer the Design Excellence, historic preservation and art-in-architecture programs, GSA said.

Albert said that Hardy has the leadership skills that GSA needs to provide cost-effective, high-quality buildings and workplaces to government agencies.

“GSA’s chief architect is one of the most influential architectural roles in government, and we are thrilled to have Chuck serve in this position,” Albert added.

Hardy has been with GSA for 31 years, most recently serving as the agency’s acting chief architect. His other roles at GSA include chief workplace officer, director of the Office of Project Delivery, regional recovery executive and deputy director of the Office of Property Development for the Great Lakes region, his LinkedIn profile says.

Prior to joining the agency, Hardy served as an architect at companies in Florida, Colorado and Illinois and as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force. 

He earned professional degrees in architecture and environmental design from the University of Minnesota and certificates from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Texas McCombs School of Business.

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