Regional Artisan: Building an Avocation


Portrait of Chuck Albanese by Jack Kulawik

Building an Avocation

Chuck Albanese, FAIA, is a multi-talented architect, educator and artist. He grew up in Buffalo, New York, and earned two degrees — in architecture and urban design — from the University of Illinois. He and

his wife Claire spent their first year together traveling through Europe sketching and documenting while on a university fellowship.

Chuck joined the faculty of the University of Arizona College of Architecture in 1967 and immersed himself in community projects along with teaching fulltime. He retired after 36 years on the faculty, onl

y to soon return as Dean of the then-renamed College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture. Chuck formed an architectural firm, Albanese-Brooks Associates PC Architecture and Planning AIA, and created a university program that allowed him to return to Europe with student tours — sketching and documenting in Italy and Greece.

Chuck integrates his painting with all aspects of life today, including travel, recreation, teaching, volunteering and an active social life. He accepts the structural influence that being an architect implies and strives to achieve freedom and understanding of watercolor and oil painting as an artist. Chuck states, “I see myself today as a student again. A full career circle that now requires exploration, dedication, commitment and a free and unencumbered focus on the creative process of being a painter.”