Charles Browne, AIA | Founding Principal

Charles Browne

Architecture continues to be a rewarding profession for me. My early employers gave me great opportunities to work on a variety of project types in varying roles. I learned plenty of valuable lessons, but I most appreciated the experience of working on a project from the earliest phases of project pursuit to construction close-out.

I get the same thrill today at Browne McGregor, creating something from nothing. I actively work with the entire staff to ensure that all that is included in our project proposals into the project scope and, ultimately, the construction documents. This process of taking the early, raw client ideas and developing a project management plan is an important skill that we encourage each of our staff to refine.

Early in my career, I worked in healthcare design at a time when hospitals wanted facilities more tailored to their service model. I went on to work on retail and commercial projects and developed those sectors for another firm. Later, I connected with Jim McGregor and together we ventured into a new project type: commercial office buildings designed for start-up biotech companies. This led to a series of life science projects around Houston and in California. It’s that diversity that both fueled my passion for my work and showed me the many ways project types can inform one another.

Office responsibilities and project role

I am primarily responsible for overall firm management. Together with Jim McGregor and Cory Porter, we set the quality expectations for every aspect of the firm. I am also the Managing Principal on all Browne McGregor projects as well as project manager for many of our commercial healthcare projects. I have direct accountability for client satisfaction of the completed project.

Outside the office

I enjoy being in the fresh air biking, skiing or sailing. I’ve been fortunate that both of my daughters wanted to ride the MS 150 with me, creating many fond memories! I also enjoy being hands-on with a hammer and nails and have volunteered with all three of my children on projects for Habitat for Humanity. I also served as President for the AIA Houston Chapter in 2013 and as Treasurer in 2011 and President-Elect in 2012.


Master of Architecture – Harvard University Graduate School of Design
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude – Harvard College