SOHRAB CHARNA Principal

As founder and principal of Designworx, an architecture and land planning firm, Mr. Charna oversees all design and production work for the company. A licensed architect in California, he has over 32 years of experience in the field of architecture and real estate development. Mr. Charna has a diverse and extensive portfolio of projects that include research and development facilities, manufacturing facilities, office buildings, research centers, shopping centers, and mixed-use business parks, office, research, and development facilities.

Mr. Charna received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1976. He worked with Howard F. Thompson and Associates from 1978 to 1989 as the Senior Associate in charge of a variety of architectural projects ranging from office/research and development facilities to mixed-use parks. In 1988 and 1989, he was in charge of 1.8 million sq ft of office/manufacturing buildings at the Irvine Spectrum for the Irvine Company. Mr. Charna speaks three languages, and assists with various non-profit associations throughout California.

Professional overview:

  • He was a founding member of Archeion in 1989—a three-partner architecture firm.
  • Founder, Designworx Architecture and Land Planning, 1999.
  • Founder, Tesla Associates LLC, in 2000. Tesla is a real estate development company focusing on small office and industrial buildings.
  • Involved in Atbox Technology, a family business, to develop and bring to market various medical patient monitoring products.
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