Charles Porter

Managing Principal

With more than 30 years of leadership experience in real estate development and construction, Charles Porter has managed new development, expansion, redevelopment, and mixed-use projects in premier locations across the United States and Internationally. Charles brings an in-depth knowledge of design, construction, and scheduling processes to every project. He creates productive partnerships with everyone involved to deliver optimal results.

Charles co-founded DMA in 2007. He guides business strategy, oversees key management decisions, and cultivates client relationships. He has actively managed more than a billion dollars of development since cofounding DMA. He regularly shares his expertise in real estate development with students in college-level and continuing professional education courses.

Recent Work



41-story Constellation Park, Los Angeles, CA
The Residences at 900, Chicago, IL


Corporate Creative Offices, Chicago, IL
Century City Center, Los Angeles, CA
Sugarhouse Office, Philadelphia, PA
Two-Level Office Renovation, Chicago, IL


Barneys New York, Chicago, IL
Golden Square, São Paulo, Brazil


Ignite Glass Studio, Chicago, IL


Rivers Casino & Resort at Mohawk Harbor, Schenectady, NY
Rivers Casino (LEED NC Gold), Des Plaines, IL
Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh, PA
SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, PA
Main, Philadelphia, PA


The Landing Hotel, Schenectady, NY
Hotel North Shore, Pittsburgh, PA


Constellation Place Solar, Los Angeles, CA

Affiliations & Awards

  • Northwestern University, EDMC Graduate Course on Design Management – adjunct professor
  • Northwestern University, Master of Project Management program (MPM) - adjunct professor, commercial real estate development for architects, engineers & builders
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) – prior faculty member
  • CenterBuild Conference – prior speaker
  • Chicago Architecture Foundation - Auxiliary Board Member, event committee
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH)
  • The Urban Land Institute – Member Mixed Use Chicago Product Council

Notable Past Projects*


Branson Landing Mixed Use & Retail Center, Branson, MO
Houston Galleria Regional Center, Houston, TX
68-story 900 North Michigan, Chicago, IL


38-story City Place, Hartford, CT
38-story 333 Wacker Drive, Chicago, IL


Old Orchard Shopping CenteExpansions & Renovation, Skokie, IL
Tabor Center Renovation, Denver, CO
River Oaks Regional Center Enclosure & Renovation, Calumet City, IL­­­
Fox Valley Mall Renovation, Aurora, IL
Project Evaluations throughout the US and China. 

Education & Certifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Architecture - Illinois Institute of Technology

Additional Experience

  • Urban Retail Properties - executive vice president, development manager, director of construction
  • Turner Construction Company - project manager

*Projects completed while at previous companies


Credentials & Affiliations