Robert Cha is a licensed American architect, born in South Korea.
He was trained at Princeton University and earned a Master of Architecture degree in 2011 while receiving a fellowship award for full tuition assistance and monthly stipends. Also, he holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree with Best Thesis Award from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2009. At the Richard Neutra designed Orange Coast College, he started his architectural education.
Robert Cha exhibited at the 11th Venice Architecture Biennale. His projects have been published in books and journals including Spots in Shots by Melanie van der Hoorn, NAi Boekverkopers, 2019; in Urban Transformation by Ilka Ruby & Andreas Ruby, Ruby Press, 2008; and on the cover of Princeton University School of Architecture's biannual newspaper Rumor 01.02, 2010.
He had the privilege of working for these architects: Wes Jones; Stan Allen; Jesse Reiser and Nanako Umemoto; Eric Owen Moss; Craig Hodgetts and Ming Fung; Nick Seierup and James Stafford; Hernan Diaz Alonso. In addition to conceptual projects, he worked on many built projects from schematic design to construction administration.
As a U.S. Navy veteran from 1999 to 2004, Robert Cha was deployed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and worked as an E-5 aircraft mechanic supervisor, troubleshooter, and final checker for F/A-18s (Squadron VFA-125) and S-3s (Squadron VS-35). He served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom on the aircraft carrier flight deck during combat operations and was awarded medals and recognitions, most notably the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.