Charlotte McKernan
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I’m Charlotte (but you can call me Charlie). I’m an architect, an information designer and a developer. My work spans across disciplines, including architectural design, concept art/illustration, 3D modeling, front‑end development, and data viz. I was raised in Santa Fe, NM and studied in Japan and Switzerland. My background is in communication design and environmental research.

I help to solve complex problems through design. I currently work in the design/construction industry. Previously, I collaborated with a team at RS21 on a combination of information design, user experience research, and process/service optimization projects. I worked with PBI Construction Consulting as a project manager for a variety of large commercial and institutional infrastructure/construction projects, and with DNCA Architects on the design and administration of large and small projects in New Mexico.

In my spare time, I tinker with creative coding, digital fabrication, and hand embroidery. I enjoy sketching, traveling, taking photos, and contributing to OpenStreetMap.


What I do

  • Information Design: Research-based strategy, design and development of websites, apps, maps, print materials, and more.

  • Architectural Design/Concept Artwork: Digital illustration and graphic design, including matte painting, 3D modeling, and architectural rendering.

  • Writing and Photography: Short-form and long-form writing, academic research, and copyediting experience with an emphasis on the intersection of digital and physical spacemaking.

Where else to find me

Most of my code/work belongs to my employers, but I have some snippets and experiments up on Observable, CodePen and on GitHub. Select work is available on Bēhance, with additional portfolio samples available upon request.

I post photos on Unsplash and Flickr. I keep random thoughts on Twitter. My full resume is available on LinkedIn and my portfolio is available Archinect.