Charles (Chuck) Sink
Born 1923 May 24th
attended Chicago Worlds Fair 1933
High School Graduation Best Male Student 1941
Entered University of Pennsylvania 1941
Received Freshman – Sophomore Award 1943
Called up in the service by Air Aircorps 1943
Graduated 2nd Lieutenant Army Aircorps 1943
Joined Aircrew as Co-pilot B-24 1944 January
Flew 35 missions in Eight Air Force WWII 1944
Based in Victorville , CA 1945
Separated from service in Indiana.
Returned to Harvard. Received Bachelors in Architecture and Masters in Architecture for thesis.
Worked on town site of Los Alamos. 1947
Moved to Caracas, formed 1st architectural office 1948
Moved to Denver, Colorado 1950
Opened own office for practice in Architecture 1953
Hired by I.M. Pei. Moved to New York city 1954-56
Returned to Denver . Reopened own office. 1960
MY brief bio of highlights: (Source: Gallery Sink)
Born Valparaiso Indiana 1923.
On a visit to 1933 Worlds fair with his brother Mark was an inspiration to become a modernist, also seeing work by László Mology-Nagy visiting Frank Loyd Wright’s residences with his brother Mark. (His Brother Mark Sink’s became a contemporary lighting designer)
World War 2 hero, flew over 35 missions co-pilot and pilot of B24 bomber with the Eighth Air Force. Flew over Omaha Beach bombed targets on D-day and many missions after. One mission of note destroyed Rommels powerful tank divisions at Saint-Lo opening the door to the liberation of France and on into Germany.
1945 Received his Masters from Harvard University studying under Walter Gropius. Classmates and close friend with IM Pei. (Later to work Pei at S.O.M. with projects in NYC and in Denver with the Hilton Hotel and May D&F 1950s hyperbolic paraboloid ( Then called Zeckendorf Plaza) , that won a AIA national award. (Recently torn down). ( see Westword http://www.westword.com/issues/2005-11-10/culture/art.html )
“Court House Square (Zekendorf Plaza) is the first major development in any American city to combine a hotel, department store, parking and public space. An innovative application of new materials, structural methods and modernist design in nineteenth-century Denver, it was the second of three projects executed by the firm in a coordinated effort to develop the modern city core.
The block-long hotel is a pioneering venture in precast concrete. It incorporates aggregate excavated from the site in deep Mo-Sai grillwork that changes pattern with interior spaces, shading not only guestrooms but also office and retail — spaces not typically associated with hotels in the late 1950s. The red-brown panels complement neighboring buildings and distant mountains.”
Charles Sink has been a major design influence in the Western United States for more than 25 years. He received his Bachelor and Master
Degrees in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. He
moved to Denver in 1950 and was the Denver Associate to I. M. Pei from
1956-1960. Following his association with I. M. Pei, he established
the office of Charles S. Sink in 1962. His firm was awarded commissions
for high rise condominiums, financial institutions, office complexes, and
In 1984, Charles Sink received the prestigious honor of the Architect
of the Year Award from the Colorado Chapter of the American Institute
of Architects for his outstanding achievements in design. He was named
a Fellow of the AIA for his contributions to the profession of
architecture in 1978. Mr. Sink was the president of the Colorado
Chapter of the AIA in 1972 and Chairman of the Western Mountain Region
AIA Annual Conference in 1979.
Charles Sink became involved in many civic activities including
Chairman of the Denver Art Commission from 1968-1983; member of the
design committee of the Denver Technological Center, 1980-1983; and
member of the Commission on Cultural Affairs for the City and County
of Denver, 1983-1985. He has been involved in educational activities
including Co-Chairman for the Cherry Creek High School Campus Planning
Committee and was the guest design critic at the University of Colorado
from 1966-1967. Mr. Sink has devoted much of his career to the design of major sports facilities and contributed his expertise to the success of more than 24 stadiums and arenas. His designs have been acclaimed nationally and
internationally by a variety of publications and organizations.
Projects included McNichols Sports Arena, Winnipeg Sports Arena, San
Jose Sports Arena, Colorado State University Recreation Center and One
Source: Gallery Sink