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

Thanks Everyone!

Thank you to everyone who came out for out Power and Play Workshop last week!! It was a fun way to connect with our peers and we all took something away from the activities! Huge thanks to Shannon Ivey for taking the time to share her knowledge with us and for taking some nice candid pic!

#WhatSheSaidProject #AIAGC #ProfessionalDevelopment #AIASC #AIAColumbia #PowerAndPlay #Workshop


AIA SC has established an Equity in Architecture Committee.  Why?  What are they doing?  Come find out what is being done nationwide, in neighboring states, and in South Carolina thus far, and get a preview of the 2018 AIASC Architecture Census Survey results.  This is an opportunity to share your thoughts on what an Equity Committee should be focusing on for our state.

March 27th from 12:30-1:30

At the Center for Architecture

1530 Main Street

LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED FREE OF CHARGE AND ONE LEARNING UNIT (LU) WILL BE OFFERED.  Please feel welcome to include non-AIA member architectural and human resource staff members.  Please RSVP for all attendees so that we can get an accurate head count for lunch. 

RSVP at:

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Friday, March 1st at 12pm

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2350 Foreman Street
Cayce, SC 29033

$15/AIA Columbia Member


Join us for a project tour / CEU and learn about the brewery planning process and brownfield site redevelopment – tour will be led by local architect + brewery co-owner Scott Lambert and will conclude with a catered lunch and 3 beer tasting flight in the Steel Hands Brewhouse.

Please note the following specifics for this tour:

  • This tour is limited to 40 attendees and if you must cancel, please inform us so we can open up the spot for another.
  • You must register to attend via the EventBrite link above and below – each registered guest will have a catered lunch and (age 21+) will receive a tasting flight of the three flagship beers – Foreman Golden Ale, Coffee Lager, and the Tropical IPA
  • Photography is allowed and encouraged!
  • Closed toe shoes and hard hat are not needed – the brewery is currently open for business.

Steel Hands Brewing opened December 1st, 2018 in Cayce, South Carolina as the largest production brewery in The Midlands.  Architect turned brewery owner, Scott Lambert and business partner, Darryl Frick have been planning the execution of the brewery for three years.  The brewery site was formerly a recycling plant where a fire had burned for nearly a week. With concern for contamination on the site, and although not required, the owners entered into a voluntary cleanup plan with DHEC that resulted in test wells being drilled, a significant number of soil samplings unearthed, and trucks full of plastic debris that had not been recycled removed from the site.

The 4-acre site is designed as a destination brewery that combines public gathering areas and brewery production in Cayce, South Carolina. Planning for the project focused on both the brewery operations’ initial and future needs – the facility is designed to account for future production expansion. The project serves as the anchor and hub for planned revitalization in the City of Cayce.

Consisting of a 10,000 square foot facility, the site is equipped with a fully automated 30-barrel brewhouse, 2,500 square foot custom-designed taproom with seating for 150, outdoor gathering space, local artist sculptures, stage area, restaurant and parking. The name “Steel Hands” was inspired by the facility’s location across from one of the nation’s largest rebar manufacturing plans, CMC Steel, and by the hard working industries that have helped shape their founding principles. The brewery is an advocate to the local movement, and aspires to support the community and its organizations.