Charles Hendricks wasn’t naturally a good student. In fact, he struggled with dyslexia, which made many subjects difficult for him. But when he took a drafting class in 7th grade, he finally found something that clicked. He knew that he wanted to be an architect, and continued to take drafting and architecture classes through high school.
Charles wanted to attend the University of Virginia when he graduated from high school, but he didn’t have the grades needed to be accepted into the school. So, he enrolled in a community college and continued to take architecture, art, and drafting classes until he had the credits and GPA to transfer to UVA.
Charles found that he didn’t fit in well in architecture school, and by the time he graduated he felt he needed to step back from architecture for a while. Then he was recruited by the firm that he would end up working for over the coming decades and that he now is a partner of.
Listen to the episode to hear more about Charles’s journey, why he decided to run for office, and why networking and mentorship are so important to him.
What You’ll Hear on This Episode
- Why Charles decided to study architecture
- What architecture school was like for Charles
- How Charles got recruited by his current firm
- What Charles’s firm is focused on doing
- What it was like to open up new offices
- Why Charles chose a particular city for a new office
- Why Charles decided to run for city council
- How CSI has factored into Charles’s career
- Charles’s experiences with being a dad and an architect
- How networking looks in Charles’s career
- The importance of networking with people other than architects
- Charles’s advice for aspiring architects
- What Charles knows now that he didn’t know then
- The book that changed everything for Charles
- The resource Charles can’t live without
- Charles’s best time-saving trick
- Where listeners can find Charles
Top 3 Takeaways from This Episode
- Find what you’re passionate about, then figure out how to get paid to do it.
- It’s important to build your tribe and give and receive support from that community.
- Architecture is a valuable way to serve your community.
Charles Hendricks’s Advice for Aspiring Architects
“The best advice I can give in any profession, and especially architecture, is to find your passion.”
“The biggest thing that I’ve learned through my career is that we don’t know everything. And nobody else does either.” –Charles Hendricks on what he knows today that he didn’t know back then
“Builder's Guide to Mixed-Humid Climates. When I learned what building science was, I figured out how I could attack climate change.” – Charles Hendricks on the book that changed everything
“My Flir thermal image camera.” – Charles Hendricks on the resource he can’t live without
“I can’t stay focused with all the different things that are coming at me without a list.” – Charles Hendricks on his best time-saving trick