Charles Paul Goebel’s innovative and elegant designs have made him an architect of choice in the Chesapeake Bay region for those who value exceptional architecture. Renowned for his ability to respond to the unique qualities of each client and site, his designs are functionally and aesthetically refined and tailored to their purpose and setting. Expertise gained through years of documenting, restoring and adapting historic and National Register properties informs Charles’ new tradition-influenced architecture. His expressive designs serve today’s lifestyles and thoughtfully integrate current building and environmental technologies. He brings a uniquely creative and highly-collaborative approach to each of his projects.


“I take pride in designing ‘dream homes’ with my clients – working collaboratively to create elegant and timeless designs that reflect their lifestyles and enrich their lives.”


Charles applies this same fine attentiveness to function, appearance and detail to his commercial projects. His practiced abilities with construction techniques and details, his commitment to design integrity, exceptional craftsmanship and refined style have earned him a highly regarded reputation for excellence among clients and allied professionals.


Master of Architecture, 1982

Graham Foundation Grant for Advanced Studies
in the Fine Arts – Awardee

Bachelor of Environmental Design, 1978

Dana Giffin Soper Memorial Scholarship – Awardee
AIAS/NIAE (National Collegiate Society) – Awardee


AICP Certified Land Planner
LEED Accredited Professional



Charles Paul Goebel, AIA, AICP, LEED AP
Principal, Charles Paul Goebel, Architect, LTD.


Prior to founding his award-winning firm in 1998, Charles held leadership positions with distinguished architectural and planning firms designing a wide range of residential and commercial projects. This experience combined with his passion for designing fine homes led him to open his own residentially-focused architecture and planning firm on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore. The exceptional natural beauty and vernacular traditions of the Shore captivate and inspire him.


Projects range from elegant waterfront estates and casual weekend retreats to historically-sensitive renovations and additions. Charles has developed an expertise designing for sensitive coastal areas and in navigating the complex matrix of planning, zoning and environmental regulations. Although residential commissions have been a constant throughout his career, he selectively takes on non-residential commissions where the client’s commitment to quality is paramount.


Charles works very closely with his clients, their builders and craftspeople to create enduring architecture – to be cherished for generations.

Professional and Community Affiliations


  • Licensed Architect (Multiple States)
  • Certified Land Planner (National – AICP)
  • LEED – Accredited Professional
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)
  • Board Member: The Aspen Institute – Wye Advisory Board
  • Member: American Institute of Architects
  • Member: American Institute of Certified Planners
  • Member: Institute of Classical Architecture & Art
  • Member: National Trust for Historic Preservation  – Leadership Forum
  • Member: US Green Building Council
  • Member: Preservation Maryland
  • Member: Association For Preservation Technology


  • Commissioner: Talbot County Historic Preservation Commission
  • Board Member: Historical Society Of Talbot County
  • Board Member: Easton Main Street
  • Commissioner: Easton Planning Commission
  • Commissioner: Easton Historic Preservation Commission
  • Senate Appointment: Maryland Critical Area Commission for the Chesapeake and Atlantic Coastal Bays


Concept Design

Our design begins with a conversation. We listen intently to our client’s goals and dreams to establish design intentions and direction. Read More

This begins a highly-interactive process founded on careful site analysis (topography, views, sun orientation, tree/plant cover, planning, zoning & environmental constraints) that informs our collaborative design of the spaces, buildings and site improvements for the property. Our personalized approach begins with freehand drawings that are later transcribed to computer.

Construction Documents

Plan the work. Work the plan. Construction documents are the detailed drawings necessary to obtain permits, Read More

solicit bids and guide the builder – they comprise the greatest portion of our overall time and effort. Structural and systems engineering are addressed. Carefully crafted and thorough drawings ensure the design is clearly communicated to the builder.

Design Development

Details. Details. Details. Now the design is refined, elaborated and resolved in greater detail. Read More

Definitive architectural plans and elevations (views) are prepared to document the advancing client/architect dialogue. Regulatory issues are fully addressed. The design is shared with a builder to develop a thoroughly-considered budget price. We equip our clients to make informed and timely decisions: producing an architectural design they understand and love – that’s achievable within a budget meeting their expectations.


Stay The Course. An architect’s important contributions do not end with an approved building permit – construction can drift off-course. Read More

Our essential involvement continues throughout construction – we are our client’s eyes and ears – we provide guidance to the building team, clarify details and address questions as they arise. We employ web-based technologies to communicate with our far-flung clients and remote building sites.


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