Charles R. Wolfe

Charles Wolfe

Affiliate Associate Professor

CHUCK WOLFE is Principal at Charles R. Wolfe, Attorney at Law, which he founded in 2005 after a 20-year career at large law firms in Washington State and Connecticut. He provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long time writer about urbanism worldwide and an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law and permitting. In particular, his work involves redevelopment counseling and negotiation, brownfield revitalization and the use of innovative land use regulatory tools on behalf of both the private and public sectors. Chuck is also an Affiliate Associate Professor in the College of Built Environments at the University of Washington, where he teaches land use law at the graduate level. His book, Urbanism Without Effort, was published by Island Press in 2013, and his latest book, Seeing the Better City, will be published by Island Press in late 2016/early 2017. He also contributes regularly to several publications, including Planetizen, CityLab/The Atlantic Cities, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, Grist,, and He blogs at Chuck recently completed a speaking tour in Scotland and Australia, and delivered several keynote speeches nationally and locally in from 2013-2015. Chuck was admitted to practice in Washington in 1984, and Connecticut in 1986. He is the former Chair of both the American Planning Association’s Planning & Law Division and the Environmental & Land Use Section of the Washington State Bar.