Fanning Howey Project Executive Chuck Tyler, AIA, Retires after 40 Years


After 40 years of practice, Fanning Howey Project Executive Charles (Chuck) Tyler, AIA, LEED AP BD+C has retired. Chuck spent the last 31 years of his career focusing on the design of learning environments. Always ready to tackle a new challenge, Chuck has been at the forefront of Fanning Howey’s innovative work locally and nationally.

Chuck’s portfolio of national school design includes multiple projects in Alaska, highlighted by a new K-12 school on St. Lawrence Island in the Bering Strait. Other important national projects include the new Colonel Smith Middle School in Fort Huachuca, AZ, the first Fanning Howey Net-Zero school, and the new West Point Elementary School on the campus of West Point Military Academy in New York.

In addition to Chuck’s national work, his leadership has helped our clients throughout Indiana provide smarter places for learning to their students. Most recently, Chuck led the award-winning design for the new Columbia City High School in Columbia City, Ind. He also recently completed the design of the new Trailside Elementary School and modernizations to the existing high school in Zionsville, Ind., where he currently resides.

Chuck’s design work has received multiple awards over the last three decades, including honors from AIA Indiana, the Association for Learning Environments and the National School Boards Association. His thoughts on school design have been featured in articles for Edutopia, School Planning & Management and Building Design+Construction. Throughout his career, Chuck also presented at national conferences for the Association for Learning Environments and the American Institute of Architects.

“I have always relied upon Chuck’s judgment when it comes to solving the most challenging design problems and satisfying client’s needs for successful learning environments,” says Bill Payne, AIA, Chief Executive Officer of Fanning Howey. “Chuck is a trusted source for all of our staff and although we will continue to collaborate, I know the ability to seek his counsel as needed will be missed. Chuck is one of my favorite architects, and I wish him the best in this next chapter of his life!”