Cushing Terrell Promotes Charlie Deese as Director of Education Design

Deese moves into leadership role for the firm’s education design group, with specific responsibilities for advancing strategic growth, business intelligence, and design excellence.

Charlie Deese, Education Design Director

Multidisciplinary design firm, Cushing Terrell, has promoted Charlie Deese, AIA, NCARB, ALEP to the role of Director of Education Design. He joins co-directors Corey Johnson and Jim Beal to help strengthen and build client relationships and business development for the firm’s work in the education market.

Deese is a recognized design professional and project manager with experience in the education, commercial, and residential markets as well as specific expertise in planning and large development projects. In recent years, he has focused specifically on Cushing Terrell’s master planning and education design projects, demonstrating his skills as a senior managing architect, programming, design, and team lead. Deese specializes in leading project teams and stakeholder groups through a collaborative and inclusive visioning, programming, and design process to successfully identify and incorporate client and community goals into tailored solutions for each project.

“With my passion for design and serving others, I feel fortunate to find myself in a role where I can focus on shaping how we approach our education design work and help empower our talented team members,” said Deese. “Ultimately, the best part is working together to create environments where students, teachers, and everyone involved in educating each next generation can thrive.”

“Beyond cementing himself as a key driver of successful, highly impactful projects, Charlie has demonstrated the strategic, big-picture thinking that is key to growth and to the pursuit of projects aligned with Cushing Terrell’s mission, vision, and values,” said Corey Johnson, Associate Principal and Education Design Co-director. “Charlie is known as a thoughtful, collaborative, and highly creative designer and team leader who inspires trust and confidence in our clients and partners as well as the people impacted by our work. With his background, experience, and leadership qualities, I’m incredibly pleased to welcome Charlie into this new role.”

Learn more about Cushing Terrell’s Education Design team and project portfolio. 

About Cushing Terrell

Cushing Terrell was founded in 1938 on the belief that integrating architecture, engineering, and design opens the doors for deepened relationships and enhanced creativity. This foundation continues to define the firm and its multidisciplinary team today. Driven by empathy, the team works to design systems and spaces that help people live their best lives and enjoy healthy, sustainable built environments. With more than 450 team members spanning 30-plus disciplines and expertise across the commercial, education, government, healthcare, infrastructure, residential, and retail markets, the firm has offices in Colorado, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Texas, and Washington. For more information about Cushing Terrell, visit