Wilson Woodridge

Wilson ‘Chuck’ Woodridge is a partner in the firm of Woodridge Chen Architects, Newark, New Jersey. In his 35 years of experience, Chuck’s extensive resume covers a wide range of project types of varying complexities for both private and public clients. His expertise and knowledge spans all aspects of the architectural process, from design to technical.
In 1986, Chuck started his own practice, officially forming Wilson Woodridge Architects in 1991. In 2006, he joined The Hillier Group, where he met and worked with Weichi Chen. Together, in 2010 Weichi and Chuck opened Woodridge Chen Architects in downtown Newark, New Jersey.
Early in his career, Chuck focused on high rise building specializing in curtain wall design. He designed the signature curtain wall for the Continental Terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport. Other projects include the One Pillsbury Center in Minneapolis, Centennial Center (formerly Gibraltar Saving Center) in Midland Texas, and the Gateway III office building in Newark.
Chuck, a New Jersey native, has worked on many of the state’s important buildings. Some of his noteworthy projects include Plaza Village, the restoration of the civic square originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted in front of East Orange City Hall; NJIT’s Enterprise Development Center II, the incubator office building in Newark’s Science Park for start-up companies; The Leaguers Headquarters and Headstart Center in Newark; the design of 19 train stations for the Southern New Jersey Light Rail Transit System connecting Trenton to Camden, and the headquarters of Newark Public Radio, WBGO. He was the associate architect with Barton Myers on the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.
From 1983 to 2001, Chuck was the Director of Architecture at Essex County College in Newark, where he was responsible for the curriculum, faculty, and students and periodically served as the College Architect. From 1989 to 1994, he served as a member of the adjunct faculty at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is a regular lecturer at New Jersey Institute of Technology and Cornell University.
Chuck has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the AIA NJ Newark and Suburban Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the Newark Historic Landmarks Committee, Newark Symphony Hall Preservation Committee, and Cornell University’s Secondary Schools Committee.
In addition to serving on various Boards and lecturing, Chuck enjoys volunteering and is committed to the education of young people and the betterment of the community.
Chuck received an Associate Degree from Essex County College and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.