Charles Liddy, FAIA

Chuck Liddy’s professional career has passionately focused on the preservation of our historic architectural and cultural treasures, vastly enriching our lives through powerful planning and design, uncompromised technical expertise, and public service.

Chuck Liddy is an architect and historic preservation leader who brings an exceptional blend of design, technical proficiency, and common sense to projects. For over 30 years, he has elevated and transformed historic preservation from a rare event to a major force in architectural practice.  At the local and national levels, Chuck demonstrates architectural and preservation leadership through speaking, mentoring, volunteer work, and service to public and non-profit organizations.

As a principal with Miller Dunwiddie Architecture in Minneapolis, Chuck has led over 200 historic preservation projects – from modest farmhouses and barns, to a nationally significant basilica – including scores of buildings and dozens of districts on the National Register of Historic Places.  He has served on the Minneapolis Heritage Preservation Commission, the Minnesota Historical Society State Review Board, the Mississippi River St. Anthony Falls Heritage Board, the Boards of Preserve Minneapolis, and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota.  In fact, Chuck was the very first chair of the Minnesota Preservation Awards when it began in 1985.  He has played a truly significant role in building the visibility and viability of these dedicated organizations.  In addition, Chuck took a leadership role and made major contributions to AIA committees at the local and national levels that resulted in exceptional preservation programs at AIA National and Minnesota Conventions and National Trust for Historic Preservation Conferences.  He also served as President of the AIA Minneapolis Chapter in 2009.

In 2011, Chuck was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 for his nationally significant contribution to historic preservation.

As an expert in preservation who can see beyond today, Chuck’s work touches the lives of thousands of people, many of whom understand more about the promise of architecture from the experience of working with him, and that preservation is not about freezing the past, but building on the best of what went before to meet future needs.