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15 Things You Need to Know This Morning

15 Things You Need to Know This Morning
What You Don’t Know About Charles Plymale
Photo: With significant other, Cathy, and 2-year-old daughter, Chase. 
Title: Managing principal, Collective Architecture.
Company: Corporate office interiors mostly in Mid-Atlantic, including HQs for BET and FBR and restaurants like Vino Volo in Tysons and Osteria Marzano in Springfield. Company completes about 50 projects a year.  
Job focus: Manages firm’s 21 design professionals on corporate, restaurant, and retail projects.
Memorable project: Part of a team of designers for AOL’s Dulles campus in 2001 that included a childcare center and helicopter pad for Steve Case. Project was over 1M SF over several years and client let team stretch boundaries of design. 
Current project: Corporate interiors for FBR’s 60k SF Arlington HQs. Will also start on FBR’s Boston office.
Hometown: Wurzburg, Germany.
Current home: Old Town Alexandria. (Moving to Annapolis by end of year.)
Why DC: Grew up military brat and DC was home base and where parents were born and raised.
School: Virginia Tech.
First job: Bus boy at grandfather’s restaurant, The Bavarian on 11th street NW.
Job in another life: NASCAR driver.
Person (living or dead) to meet: The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Greatest fear: Being late to client meeting.
Daily habit: Watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse with daughter, Chase.
Favorite music group and song: The Cult - Love Removal Machine.
Favorite movie: Young Frankenstein (1974).
Favorite vacation: The Hamptons.
Favorite restaurant: 2 Amy’s.
Bucket list: Explore Antarctica. (Only continent not yet visited.)  
Hobbies: Golf, skiing, cooking, and paintball.
Startling fact: Plays online poker to relax.


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