Charles Fortin, Managing Director/ Nominated Architect




B. Arch (Hons), Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

Urban Design Minor, University of Montréal.

A.A.Arch (Hons) Broward College.

NSW Arch Reg #8208.

ACT Arch Reg #2616.

VIC Arch Reg #19051.

QLD Arch Reg #5089.

WA Arch Reg #2980.

NT Arch Reg #AR1158.

APEC #AU/00041.



Australian Institute of Architects MRAIA #55718.

Association of Consulting Architects ACA #2294.

Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.

Charles graduated architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, a Chicago institution known for its Bauhaus philosophy and expertise in high-rise design and construction. He is the Managing Director and owner of Collard Maxwell Architects, a practice that has been in business since 1947.

As an Executive Architect he oversees the delivery of 30 to 40 projects a year, many of them construction-side.  His focus is on the design and delivery of complex projects of all types, including:  Data Centers, Industrial, Mixed-Use Residential, Education, and Lifestyle Retirement projects.

He is a chartered architect, A+ member of the Australian Institute of Architects, and regularly contributes his time to different groups and associations, including presenting and tutoring the Practice of Architecture Learning Series (PALS) for the Australia Institute of Architects.

As a Designer Charles strives to create spaces that are functional and timeless, spaces that inspire people to do great work, live great lives, and think great ideas.


Relevant Experience

Working alongside builders and property professionals Charles has acquired a unique understanding of the property development process, and of the mitigation of its associated risks which include: Political, Financial, Market, and Execution risks.


Recent projects have included

8 MW Data Centre Expansion, New South Wales ($40M)

12 MW High Density Data Centre Expansion, New South Wales ($60M)

18 MW High Density Data Centre, Victoria ($90M)

Business Recovery Centre for Enterprise Data Corp, Norwest Business Park NSW

Rail Operation Centre Early Scheme for Sydney Trains ($50M)

300 Residential units in Waitara ($50M)

144 Residential high-rise in Hornsby ($20)

Sydney Trains Operation Centre ($50M)

RMS Relocation, Rozelle & Kirribilli ($20M)

Harbord Public School ($20M)

Cronulla HS accessibility upgrade ($2M)

Leichhardt PS access. upgrade ($50K)

Mowbray HS D&C ($20)

Astra Zeneca Carparking ($6M)

Fire Rescue NSW HQD&C ($30M)

Elanora Country Club fitout ($10M)

Five designer houses, Spring Farm ($3M)

Allied Mills gluten plant upgrade ($10M)

High-rise fire/safety upgrde Kirribilli($6M)

19 townhouses, Ku-ring-gai ($10M) 

14-storey high-rise, St. Leonards($20M)

S96 & CC for 18 units, Strathfield ($9M)

21-townhouse DA, Granville ($15M)

Large Industrial DA, St Marys ($8M)

25 Luxury Resi., Northbridge($10M)

Industrial Site Remediation & DA, Newcastle ($20M)

DA for 21-unit residential, Manly

DA for 62-unit resi. Land Court, Sydney

Fitout/ Design of Lobby and21+ kitchen & bathroom, Epping

Fitout & space planning of 150 workstations for a technological centre

Various design feasibilities