Charles Lauster is a Harvard trained architect and developer who began his career at I.M. Pei & Partners, headed his own firm for over 27 years and now has a diversified practice with a focus on affordable and energy efficient housing.
Quadriad Realty Partners, LLC
Charles Lauster is the Chief Operations Officer of Quadriad Realty Partners. Beginning in 2006 he led the initial concept development of the firm's Williamsburg Terrace project which is in construction now. He works closely with the development team on the current group of Quadriad projects and leads the design, engineering and implementation of those projects.
Mr. Lauster began collaborating with Henry Wollman, the Chief Executive Officer of Quadriad, in 2000 at the Steven L. Newman Real Estate Institute, Baruch College, where Mr. Wollman was Director. In 2004, Mr. Lauster became the director of the Richard Pergolis Urban Planning Gallery at the Newman Institute. The Gallery conducted a series of shows investigating important urban planning issues in New York City including Hudson Yards, Willets Point and Harlem.
In 2006 Mr. Lauster joined Mr. Wollman and Herman Badillo in developing Quadriad's New-strategy for the creation of affordable housing. Mr. Lauster assisted them in the development of the planning concepts and continues to do so.
Charles Lauster Architect, P.C.
In 2004 Mr. Lauster founded Charles Lauster Architect. Since its inception, CLA has chiefly focused on institutional work and multi-unit housing. CLA designed the Nan Shan Building in Flushing, Queens. This ten story social services building is now in construction. It includes a senior center, a child care center and various community service operations. Recently he has designed two highly advanced veterinary surgery centers, a factory on the Brooklyn waterfront and renovated an off-Broadway theater.
In 1983 Mr. Lauster was a founding partner and president of Anschuetz, Christidis & Lauster in New York. With ACL Mr. Lauster conceptualized, designed and helped develop the Chung Pak Building in New York's Chinatown. Done in collaboration with the Edelman Partnership, the building provided shops, a child care center and a health center along with ten floors of senior housing. The Chung Pak Child Care Center was the first in a long line of child care centers designed by Mr. Lauster.
The successor firm to ACL was Lauster & Radu, of which Mr. Lauster was President. Noteworthy projects include the offices and facilities of the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union. Mr. Lauster designed and built projects for the ILGWU in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. He designed the Union Health Center, at 60,000 square feet, the largest primary care center in New York City. He began designing senior centers for ProjectFIND in 1998. That work continues today. Beginning in 2001 Mr. Lauster was in charge of the massive renovation of United Nations interiors including the General Assembly Building and the UN Library. During this time, with Mihai Radu, he worked on office building projects in Romania.
Mr. Lauster began his professional career with the firm of Andrea Leers in Arlington, Massachusetts. In 1978 he moved to New York City and joined I. M. Pei & Partners. Mr. Lauster worked for five years on projects in Asia for Mr. Pei. He was on the schematic design team for the Fragrant Hills Hotel in Beijing, the first building designed for China by a Western architect since 1949. He then joined the team designing Raffles City, a four million square foot mixed use project in the center of Singapore. In 1983 Mr. Lauster spent three months in Singapore administering the architectural portions of the work as the building came out of the ground. His final project in the Pei office was the schematic phase of the Bank of China in Hong Kong before leaving to start his own firm.
Charles Lauster received his Bachelor's Degree from Brown University in 1969. In 1969 he joined the Peace Corps, serving three years in Korea where he taught English to Korean judges and prosecutors. In 1978 Mr. Lauster received his Masters of Architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. In 1977 Mr. Lauster was the first managing editor of the new Harvard Architectural Review.
Mr. Lauster was founder and president of CL Multimedia Inc, an internet development company from 1996 to 2008. From 1994 to 2000 he was chairman of the American Small Business Alliance, a national political association for small businesses. At the Harvard Club of New York City he has been the chair of the Arts & Architecture Committee and the House Committee. He has served on the club's Finance Committee, Executive Committee and the Board of Managers. Finally, Mr. Lauster is currently involved in a research project to create extremely energy efficient multi-unit housing in New York City based on German Passive House standards.