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Down Under Columbia
Historic Columbia

Tuesday, April 23
5:30pm – 7:00pm

Equitable Arcade Building, 1332 Main St. Columbia, 29201

Join AIAGC & Historic Columbia for the April Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour: Down Under Columbia at the Equitable Arcade Building!

The Arcade, specifically the basement level, has long intrigued Columbia citizens and has served as a consistently popular location for Historic Columbia’s Behind-the-Scenes Tours.  Come find out the story behind this mysterious city landmark! 

Pizza from Stoner’s Pizza and beer/wine will be provided!

AIA members: $20
Non-AIA members: $25

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Come join us for Scribbles and Spirits on Tuesday, March 26 from 5:30-7:30pm, at Boyd Plaza in front of the Columbia Museum of Art.  Columbia, SC Architect Curt Davis will lead the group in AIAGC’s first sketching event!  Paper and sharpies will be provided.  Please bring with you whatever additional sketching implements you’d like to use.  Join us afterwards at Rooftop Sheraton for food and drinks.  First 15 people to arrive get a free beer!

Andrew, AIA LEED AP is an Architect with Garvin Design Group

What is your role on the Board? Past President, 2017

How long have you served on the Board? 6 years

How long have you been a member of AIASC? 11 years

How long have you been working in industry? 11 years

Where are you from? Surfside Beach, SC

Where did you go to school?

Socastee High School and Dutch Fork High School

BA in Architecture from Clemson University

M.Arch from The University of Oregon

How do you feel you play a role in advocating for South Carolina architects?

As an AIA Columbia board member, I feel my role is to serve our members in any way I can. That entails listening to grievances, volunteering my time to organize events, and using my experience and knowledge base to improve the quality of benefits AIA members in our area receive.

What is your favorite part of serving on the Board of Directors?

It’s always fun to be “in the know” on all things AIA. Being on the board allows me to keep track of cool events on the local, state, and national level.

What future endeavors do you see for AIASC?

AIASC has a lot going for it. We have 3 fairly large sections that each anchor the upstate, midlands, and low country while providing top-notch member benefits. We are just beginning to see the potential of what collaboration can do to strengthen each of our programming efforts to capitalize on things already happening in our state.

Congratulations to Quackenbush Architects + Planners for receiving a 2018 Divine Detail Award for the University of South Carolina Center for Health and Well-Being. “The 68,000 square foot facility, centrally located in a thriving university campus, embodies a new paradigm for student health centers: a venue dedicated to the holistic pursuit of wellness and well-being.”

#AIADesignAwards #AIAGC2018 #AIAColumbia #AIAGC #DivineDetail

Photography: Charles Davis Smith and Rion Rizzo

Congratulations to Adriane McGillis, AIA, 2019 AIAGC President, and Robyn Rogers, AIA, AIASC Communications Chair, on being selected as part of The State’s 20 under 40 class for 2019!! We are extremely proud of these two!! Photos by Tim Dominick  #AIAGC #AIAColumbia #AIASC #WomenInArchitecture

Adriane McGillis, Project Architect, Stevens & Wilkinson

What saying do you live by? Why?

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I just lived the length of it. I want to live the width of it as well.”

– Diane Ackerman

” For me, this means don’t be so guarded or scared of disappointment and regret that life passes you by. Figure out what a full life means to you – for me, that’s inviting people in, being vulnerable and seeking out new experiences. Since adopting this outlook, I’ve done things like start the Culturettes, get on stage at The Moth story slam, accepted on offer to join the AIA Columbia Board when a colleague called me (thanks, Robyn Rogers!) and stepped forward to be the first Equity in Architecture chair for the state. “

Robyn Rogers, Project Architect, Quackenbush Architects + Planners

What saying do you live by? Why?

“Bloom where you are planted”

(1 Corinthians 7:20-24)

“Sometimes life hands you the unexpected, and though it may feel tough or unfair in the moment, I am a believer that if you try your hardest to stay optimistic, enthusiastic, keep a smile on your face and truly try to take advantage of every opportunity, you will one day understand that though it may not have been your plan, it was the best plan for you!”