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Charles Blumberg

Research Architect and Interior Designer (Ret.) / HiBR Core Founding (Steering) Member
National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Charles Elliott Blumberg, HiBR Core Founding (Steering) Member, (retired) was a research architect/interior designer with the Division of Environmental Protection at NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland.  He has served as interior architectural expert and authority for the Division of Engineering Services and for the NIH. As technical expert, he advises on national issues as pertains to interior architecture. Blumberg manages the Health in Buildings Roundtable (HiBR), a program developed to study the impact of the built environment upon human health and well-being. In addition, Blumberg is working with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) as an NIH representative, championing the major elements and guiding principles of sustainability, as provided in the USGBC and LEED program. The research focus is to evaluate the possible impacts of buildings designed to meet sustainability guidelines upon human health. Included in the research is the review of products used in building construction and interior finishes. He has founded and was the first president of several design organizations, including: The Federal Interior Design Foundation (FIDF), The Council of Federal Interior Designers (CFID), and the Institute of Business Designers (IBD). He has taught Architectural Interior Design at American University in Washington, DC.

Blumberg received his training at Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Parsons School of Design, and the Catholic University of America. He has also been a Fellow at the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) since 1983, and was recipient of the Pini Di San Miniato scholarship while at the Parsons School of Design.​