Charlie O’Geen’s research investigates the utilization of existing site conditions for use as building systems, in opposition to conventional building practices which are materially consuming. Unconventionally, O’Geen’s work moves off paper and into the full-scale realities of site and material and looks to explore and expose the opportunities of existing material energy. Rather than starting with the formal visual properties of design, O’Geen’s process weighs the potential of conditions already present at the building site, creating experiments that develop fully mature material systems that grow from untapped resources in sites and materials. O’Geen holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Architecture from SUNY Buffalo as well as a Master of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded a fellowship by the Kresge Foundation for research based in Detroit, MI. O’Geen has taught at SUNY Buffalo, the University of Michigan, Lawrence Technological University, Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of New Mexico, Texas Tech University, and Kendall College of Art and Design. O’Geen has worked for multiple design-build practices, and has managed construction projects in Canada, the Netherlands, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the U.S.