Mr Charles Parrack


Reader and Shelter after Disaster Research and Knowledge Lead

School of Architecture

Charles Parrack


Charles leads research and teaching on Shelter after Disaster in the School of Architecture Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP). He runs the postgraduate course in Shelter after Disaster and is active in the shelter community of practice, holding working group positions in the Global Shelter Cluster.

Charles also holds academic leadership positions in the School of Architecture: he co-leads Masters in Architectural Design in Architecture (RIBA part 2), and is subject leader for technology for the whole school.

Charles trained and worked as an environmental engineer, focusing on sustainability and community development. He studied at CENDEP for the Masters degree in Development Practice in 1997.

Teaching and supervision


My research is in post disaster housing response including shelter and settlement level initiatives. My main way of working is to collaborate with operational shelter agencies, the Global Shelter Cluster and other international shelter coordination organisations.


Projects as Principal Investigator, or Lead Academic if project is led by another Institution

  • Afghanistan Shelter and Settlements long term outcomes (led by CARE) (01/10/2022 - 30/06/2024), funded by: USAID, funding amount received by Brookes: £146,625


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