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Rugel Chiriboga Joins Gresham Smith as Project Executive in Charlotte

Accomplished Architect and Urban Designer Rugel Chiriboga has joined Gresham Smith’s Corporate + Urban Design market as a Project Executive and Studio Design Leader in the firm’s Charlotte office. Having led international teams of architects, designers, and multidisciplinary partners in creating remarkable environments across the globe, Rugel specializes in the design of urban, commercial mixed-use architecture, healthcare and infrastructure projects.


“Rugel brings extensive experience with large-scale mixed-use projects with a multitude of components, including office, residential, hospitality, higher education, healthcare and sports/multi-purpose event facilities,” said Don Reynolds, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Executive Vice President of Corporate + Urban Design at Gresham Smith. “With his impressive design background and resume, he is a great complement to our growing mixed-use practice in Charlotte.”

Rugel joins Gresham Smith from Charlotte-based Odell Associates, where he served as Principal leading the firm’s mixed-use practice. Prior to that, he held design leadership positions with notable firms including Skidmore, Owings & Merrill as an Associate and Senior Designer, and Little Diversified Architectural Consulting as Partner and Director of Design. He has worked on a number of high-profile projects in Charlotte, including The QueensPark master plan and The Eastland Mall redevelopment master plan.

He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Notre Dame and his Master of Professional Studies in Real Estate Development from Georgetown University. Fluent in both English and Spanish, he’s a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Board. Gresham Smith is an architecture, engineering and design firm that provides full-service solutions for the built environment with a focus on aviation, building engineering, corporate and urban design, healthcare, industrial, land planning, transportation, and water and environment. Headquartered in Nashville, Tenn.,  the company’s Charlotte office, of nearly 50 employees, is located Uptown in Charlotte Plaza at 201 S. College Street.

Commitment to Sustainability & Resiliency

Earlier this week, Gresham Smith announced it has created a Sustainability and Resiliency Center (SRC) that will serve as a hub of experienced practitioners across the firm’s markets who will provide technical expertise at the project level in areas such as LEED administration, carbon emissions reduction, climate adaptation, resiliency plans and vulnerability risk assessments. The center will also focus on weaving sustainable best practices throughout Gresham Smith’s operations in order to measurably reduce the firm’s impact on the environment.

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