Charles Mueller’s family made a tradition of visiting historic cities and towns in Switzerland, where the rich fabric of life, as well as the tapestry of buildings, people, and culture mesmerized him as a young child. He was fascinated by the design mix of medieval and modern imagery.

To help pay his way through college at the Rhode Island School of Design, Mueller worked painting the galleries at the school’s art museum, which houses one of the largest collegiate fine art collections in the country. He was profoundly affected by the power that made each piece of artwork unique.

Upon Mueller’s graduation in 1984, Robert L. Harper, FAIA, a founding partner of Centerbrook’s predecessor firm Moore Grover Harper, and adjunct faculty member at RISD, invited him to join Centerbrook.

Mueller is an architect intent on infusing the familiar with the distinctive by delving deeply into the history of both client and place. He is not opposed to taking excursions or road trips to gain inspiration, a joyful tradition rooted in the travels of his childhood and a penchant for exploration that he shares with his clients.

While he is a sought after residential architect, Mueller also has more than 30 years of experience designing a variety of cultural and academic buildings for clients, such as Stepping Stone Museum for Children in Norwalk, The Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach, Florida, Quinnipiac University, and Dartmouth College. He currently is one of the lead architects for the Thompson Exhibition Building, under construction at Mystic Seaport, as well as for planning campus expansions for the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme and the Connecticut River Museum in Essex.

His recent portfolio encompassed design work for two libraries in Connecticut, American International College in Massachusetts, and several private residences, including a guest house on the Connecticut River. Projects he has worked on have won 17 design awards. Mueller was named Senior Director in 2014 and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association. An article he wrote on library design in the digital age was published by American Libraries magazine. Mueller also is a regular visiting critic, panelist, and guest lecturer at both RISD, and Massachusetts College of Art.