Charles Essel is a senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University for Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He holds a Masters Degree in Architecture from St. Petersburg State University of Architectural & Civil Engineering – St. Petersburg, Russia. Currently, he is the year coordinator for 2nd Year Architectural Design Studio at the Department of Architecture, KNUST. Since the year 2000, his teaching activities has centered on Design in the Rural Environment, Urban Design, Housing and Landscape Architecture, Common Structural Systems, Representation Techniques and structural optimization.
As an architect and a lecturer, his major research interest is in indoor environmental quality, advanced structural materials and systems, architectural education, urban design and planning, cultural sustainability through integration of architectural science and cultural heritage, housing and neighbourhood design.
He is an Associate member of the Ghana Institute of Architects. Being a practising architect, he has worked on several architectural projects both locally and internationally. He has led the design of a logistics warehouse in Lagos, Nigeria and has also been on the design and consultancy team of a number of projects executed by Safi Sana Ghana Limited (Dutch NGO), Korean International Coorperation Agency as well as GoG projects funded by the World Bank.