About Charlie

Charles Van Block is a native of the Valley of Mexico where he was born and grew up in the foothills above Mexico City. He had the pleasure of a life in both the beauty of nature and in one of the great, historic metropolises of the world. His design sensibilities were shaped by the traditional building styles of his native land, especially the work of it’s modern architect masters, and their emphasis on comfort, beauty, and magic.

He moved to the United States to attend the University of Colorado, where he first began to formally study architecture, and continued these studies in graduate school at the California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. He chose all these locations as much for their natural beauty as for the quality of their schools, and was blessed in that each also was a model of great small town urban design. He then moved to Tucson for design/ build work for five years: ever since he became an adult he always has worked in construction, including the most menial jobs, and does so to this day as he is in the process of building his family’s home himself.

In 1989 he moved to Sedona, Arizona. He apprenticed for five years with a team of three extremely talented architects, while maintaining his own practice on the side. He then gained his Arizona license as a registered architect and struck out on his own. He enjoys working on a variety of projects: from small remodels to large custom residences; from minute interior details to large scale landscaping; from commercial and cultural buildings to urban planning itself. Such variety brings a balance and helps to always bring a fresh approach to each of type of project in order to best fulfill the client’s design dreams and aspirations.

Although he does work more outside of Sedona, this magical red rock country is where he chose to settle and root himself, and he never tires of designing and seeing projects built here. He has two daughters, born and raised in Sedona.

Charles Van Block   Architects, Inc.  -  2675 W Hwy 89a #1239  -  Sedona AZ 86336  - Tel: 928-607-6446 -  Email

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