Charles trained originally as a theatre designer and has worked with several major British and International theatre, dance and opera groups. This work naturally led on to feature film design and it was whilst working in features that he was approached to join a team of international hotel designers.
In 1997 Charles set up his own design practice, CLA, specialising in hotel design. He has since broadened the range of the company to incorporate Architecture, Residential, Spa and Restaurant design.
In recent years Charles has given lectures, talks and seminars on the theory of design and design thinking.
Charles interests are not limited to Design and he pursues many diverse interests including writing, Philosophy, Painting, Climbing mountains, Triathlons and skiing.
Charles is also chairman of the IDA.