Charles R. Wolfe

Seattle attorney and writer

Charles R. (Chuck) Wolfe provides a unique perspective about cities as both a long-time writer about urbanism worldwide and as an attorney in Seattle, where he focuses on land use and environmental law. He is also Principal Advisor at the Seeing Better Cities Group and 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. Wolfe is an avid traveler, photographer, and writer, and contributes on urban development topics to several publications, including CityLab, The Atlantic, The Huffington Post,,, and He blogs at He also speaks nationally and worldwide, including recent and pending engagements in Sweden, Australia and Scotland. Wolfe is the author of two books, Urbanism Without Effort (Island Press, 2013) and Seeing the Better City (Island Press, 2017)