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Charles Matta, FAIA is Deputy Associate CIO and Director for Planning, Strategy, and Programs in the Public Buildings Information Technology Services at GSA.  He is the former National Director for Federal Buildings and Modernizations in GSA’s Office of Design and Construction Programs. Between 2005 and 2009, he oversaw a program consisting of approximately 120 buildings nationwide in various stages of planning, design and construction with a value exceeding $5 billion. He has represented GSA on Design Excellence Peer Reviews and AE Selection Panels for Federal facilities and has served as the agency’s lead on key initiatives including ‘Total Building Commissioning’, AIA Continuing Education, and BIM (Building Information Modeling) – a ground-breaking program that garnered numerous federal and corporate awards, including the CoreNet Global Innovator’s Award and the 2007 GSA Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation.

Before joining GSA in 2002, Charles established ‘Matta Architect’ (1994- 2002), an Arlington, Virginia, based firm with a diversified practice in municipal, recreational, and residential projects. His private practice work has been published in the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the Washington Business Journal, and featured in Inform, Builder, Remodeling, and Better Homes and Gardens magazines. Charles is also the recipient of several AIA and design industry awards including AIA Award for Excellence in Architecture for an embassy project in Washington, DC. His work has been exhibited at the Washington Arts Club, the Old Post Office Pavilion, and the Collectors’ Art Gallery in Washington, and the Athenaeum in Old Towne Alexandria.

Charles holds a Master of Architecture degree and is licensed in VA, MD and DC, and certified by the National Council of Architectural Review Boards. He is former President of AIA Northern Virginia (2001) and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects for his industry contributions to the practice of Architecture. He currently serves as Vice Chair on the Arlington County Historical Affairs and Landmarks Review Board.