Charlie O’Geen is a College Professor of Architecture (Design, Materials and Tectonics) at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI, and was recently awarded a fellowship by the Kresge Foundation for his research in Detroit, MI. He holds a Bachelors of Science and Masters degree in Architecture from SUNY Buffalo as well as a Masters of Architecture from Cranbrook Academy of art. O’Geen has worked for several design-build practices and has managed construction projects in four countries (most recently for Power House Productions in Detroit). His research investigates the exploitation of existing site conditions for use as building systems. The work stands in opposition to conventional building practices which are materially consuming. Unconventionally, O’Geen’s work moves off paper and into a full-scale reality and looks to expose the opportunities of existing material energy.