In 1994 after completing a degree in Architecture at the University of Illinois, Warren Charter convinced longtime friend, and fellow lighting designer, Mark Sills to relocate his family. Mark came from beautiful southern California to Champaign, Illinois to help start Charter Sills and Associates, an architectural lighting design firm. A few years later, to celebrate our 10th anniversary in 2004, a marketing whiz changed our name to the much hipper CharterSills, and we opened a second office in Chicago to better serve our Chicago clients. In 2006, we decided to open a third office in Houston, Texas.

Our firm has had the opportunity to complete work with a range of Chicago and Houston firms that include: BNIM, EDI Architecture, Gensler, Goettsch Architects, HarleyEllis, Lucien Lagrange & Associates, Nagle Hartray Danker McKay, Pappageorge Haymes, Solomon Cordwell Buenz, The Gettys Group, Valerio Dewalt Train, VOA Associates, Ziegler Cooper and a continually growing list of firms.

Close collaboration with these firms has resulted in a collection of projects that have been repeatedly and formally recognized by our peer organizations. We also consistently see our work featured in various architectural and design publications. We are also honored to be the recipients of honor Awards from the American Institute of Architects, numerous Awards of Merit, and International Illumination Design Awards from the Illuminating Engineering Society. While no award means more to us than the trust and satisfaction of our clients, we do appreciate being recognized for a solution that goes above and beyond the norm.

Our people, the designers, are some of the most capable and talented people within lighting design circles. Our ability to deliver timely and complete lighting solutions is the result of having these creative people and giving them all the resources and technology they need to put exciting and buildable lighting solutions in front of the client. Currently in addition to the design partners we have two senior project lighting designers, and two project lighting designers that work out of the Chicago office.

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