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Make Your Voice Heard!


Call to Action:

AIA is known as “The voice of the architectural profession”. 

It is critical that our members let their voices be heard in public debates on
architectural design, especially related to the public design review process.
Get involved!  We hope to see you there.
We encourage our members to submit letters to the editor
and letters to City Staff voicing your opinions. 

Contact information is provided below: 
Dennis Dowd, City Architect
Board of Architectural Review
75 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Post and Courier Editorials:

What : City of Charleston Board of Architectural Review

When : Wed, June 25, 4:30 PM

Where : 75 Calhoun Street, 3rd Floor Meeting Room


The CURI Zucker Family Graduate Education Center


Rendering is courtesy of SmithGroupJJR.

Please join AIA Charleston for a presentation of The CURI Zucker Family Graduate Education Center.

The CURI Zucker Family Graduate Education Center will serve as a graduate engineering facility and research center for the Restoration Institute, and will provide educational, research and private industry partner spaces to further the mission of the University.  The main level will include approximately 25,000 GSF of education space, and 25,000 GSF of partnership space, topped by a 2500 GSF boardroom and vegetative roof garden.  The interior spaces rest on an platform elevated above the coastal flood level, creating covered parking below the new structure.  The GEC is located adjacent to Dry Dock No. 3 at the former North Charleston Naval Base, and is proximate to and supporting the Wind Turbine Drive Train Test Facility.  The GEC is targeting LEED Gold, and will exhibit many of the sustainability and restorative goals of the Institute.

The project team is composed of LS3P in association with SmithGroupJJR, and is lead by Scott May, AIA and Greg Mella, AIA respectively.

An introduction to CURI's mission and goals for the project will be provided by Elizabeth Colbert - Busch

Special Thanks to S&ME for sponsoring this event

When : Wed, June 18, 12pm – 1pm

Where : Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park – Cooper River Room

Cost : Free for AIA Members, $15 for non members, Register here Eventbrite


Sullivan's Island Elementary Building Tour - June 18

Rendering provided by Cummings & McCrady, Inc. Rendering by Dale Watson Illustrator

Sullivan’s Island Elementary School, a 500 student K-5 elementary school for Charleston County School District, is located on Sullivan’s Island SC seaward of two early 20th century concrete gun emplacements built for coastal defense. The new school replaces an earlier structure first erected as part of the South Carolina Equalization School program of the early 1950s.  It had been renovated and expanded several times, however seismic concerns and V-zone restrictions prevented further expansion.  
The new building is elevated above the FEMA flood plain requirements, necessitating several uncommon design features in order to comply with SC Department of Education OSF standards, including extensive decks, porches  and ramps to grade. With a building program of approximately 73,000 SF. and a small leased site, the scale and massing of the design had to be carefully developed to respectfully relate to adjacent island residences.  Strong design involvement by the local community also helped influence the architecture detailing to create a structure that proudly expresses its island character while serving its new identity, that of a high performing partial magnet school with a marine science emphasis.

When: June 18, 2014 at 6:00 pm
Where: Sullivan's Island Elementary on Atlantic Ave. Map,
Parking outside the front gate
Thompson Turner will sponsor a happy hour at Home Team BBQ Immediately following the tour.
Guests need hard hat, closed toed shoes, and safety glasses
Cost: Free
RSVP: Eventbrite

Special Thanks to Cummings & McCrady Architects and Thompson Turner Construction for leading and hosting this tour