In Memoriam: Charles E. Garrison

Past NCARB President Charles “Chuck” E. Garrison, FAIA, originally of Illinois, passed away in late-March 2020. As president, Garrison greatly emphasized communication and cooperation both with collateral organizations and internationally.

Garrison was elected president of NCARB in 1991 after over a decade of service to the profession. Prior to joining NCARB’s Board of Directors, he served on the Illinois Licensing Board and as chair of many NCARB committees, including the Professional Conduct Committee, Nomination Committee, Communications Committee, International Relations Committee, and as volunteer on the Procedures and Documents Committee.

During his year as president, Garrison oversaw a refresh of NCARB’s visual brand and an update to its office to provide better space to process and transfer architect credentials. He remained focused on enhancing NCARB’s relationship with collateral organizations, writing in an introductory letter to customers that a major goal of his presidency was to “maintain an open line of communication not only among all segments of NCARB, but with collateral bodies as well.”   

Garrison also worked to streamline the organization’s budget and enhance NCARB’s outreach to its members and the public. For his dedicated service to the profession, Garrison was elevated to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) College of Fellows in 1992 and was recognized with the AIA Distinguished Achievement Award.

During his time with NCARB, Garrison worked as a principal architect at the Carbondale, Illinois, firm of Garrison-Jones Architects, which later became Image Architects. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design in 1950 and joined the AIA in 1959. Prior to serving with NCARB, he volunteered for the AIA’s Southern Illinois chapter.