Robert Charron’s fascination with architecture began at a young age while he was growing up in the northern New York community of Ogdensburg. “My dad would take us up and down the St. Lawrence River and we would see these majestic, historic places. They were fascinating to look at.”
Today Charron is in his 36th year teaching architectural history, drawing and design at Onondaga Community College. He’s been licensed to practice architecture in New York State since 1979. His specialty is historic preservation along with residential and small commercial projects. This background enables him to bring his professional experience into the classroom.
He’s educated countless students but his impact is felt well beyond the classroom. In 2014 he won an American Institute of Architects of Central New York (AIACNY) Award of Merit for creating the Thousand Island Park Historic Preservation Handbook which lays out visual guidelines for building design and construction projects there. Thousand Island Park is a cottage community located on the southern tip of Wellesley Island on the Saint Lawrence River.
Charron is also certified by the American Institute of Architects to give a series of continuing education programs entitled, “Places Lost and Found: Why Historic Preservation Matters.” He’s given presentations in the northern New York communities of Alexandria Bay and Ogdensburg and closer to home at the Manlius Historical Society. Charron is passionate about his profession and its potential impact. “It’s important to apprise the general public and community leaders of the work architects do in the field of community revitalization, adaptive reuse of older buildings and historic preservation.”