Episode #4 – Inetrview With Charles Diehl – Brooklyn Made
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Episode #4 – Inetrview With Charles Diehl

by Nate Pfaff

Charles Diehl got into architecture by way of physics and his interest in space exploration. He realized through that process that he was interested mostly in design and made the transition to architecture. He’s lived in Brooklyn for almost 20 years and recently bought a house in Bed-Stuy, which is where he currently lives with his family. His firm, Charles Diehl Architect, was established in 1999. Over the last few years, about 90% of his work is focused on renovation as opposed to new construction. The Brooklyn market has been primarily consumed by buying houses and renovating them, and that is where Charles’ expertise comes in.

 

[00:01:55] Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you specialize in?

[02:25:00] What is your favorite area of architecture and how did you get into architecture?

[00:03:03] What are the two most important qualities of a successful architect?

[00:05:07] Do you have specific examples of issues that might come up?

[00:07:00] Approximately, what percentage of your work is renovation as opposed to new developments?

[00:07:47] What are some of the most important questions you ask a client when you're hired to renovate?

[00:13:06] What’s your favorite area of Brooklyn?

[00:13:29] Do you have a favorite restaurant or cafe in that area?

[00:14:20] Which is the hottest place in Brooklyn that is getting the most attention and activity for your business right now?

[00:15:11] Do you see any other neighborhoods taking over?

[00:17:51] What exactly does upzoning mean?

[00:19:58] What advice would you give to someone looking to hire an architect?

[00:22:01] If you could go back to the beginning of your career, what would you do differently?

[00:23:18] Do you see us colonizing Mars?

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Charles Diehl

Charles Diehl got into architecture by way of physics and his interest in space exploration. He realized through that process that he was interested mostly in design and made the transition to architecture. He’s lived in Brooklyn for almost 20 years and recently bought a house in Bed-Stuy, which is where he currently lives with his family. His firm, Charles Diehl Architect, was established in 1999. Over the last few years, about 90% of his work is focused on renovation as opposed to new construction. The Brooklyn market has been primarily consumed by buying houses and renovating them, and that is where Charles’ expertise comes in.

He loves the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill area, which is where his office is located. Brooklyn Roast on Flushing Avenue is his favorite coffee spot and Chez Oskar on Malcolm X Boulevard is one of his favorite restaurants in all of New York City. He’s been getting the most calls from the Bed-Stuy/Bushwick area over the past few years, which have seen incredible change. He describes East New York as heating up and ripe for development because of the upzoning that could reshape its infrastructure.

He recommends people looking for an architect to ask lots of questions and talk to multiple architects. He recommends not hiring the cheapest person out there because they may end up costing you more money in the end by not anticipating complications or billing you for things that were not made clear to you in the beginning.