Archives for the month of: November, 2017

Call for Volunteers from our Allied Partners at Historic Columbia:

Historic Columbia is developing a grant program with the Society of Architectural Historians to offer field trips of Main Street and would love to include AIA Columbia as a program partner.  This would include individual commitments from some of our members to assist with 4-5 field trips talking with small groups of students about architecture – historic and contemporary.

Pretty straight forward…we’d only be asking for time from a handful of members. For the tours with the students, we would need one AIA member to help facilitate each tour. This would likely see a commitment of 90 minutes during each tour. We have planned for two field trips for each class we work with, so the total possible field trips would be eight.

Dates and further details forthcoming.

Please contact Adriane McGillis and/or Robin Waites if you are interested:


Upcoming Film Series: Volunteer Needed!!!

If you have a special interest in architectural futurism or film noir, we are needing someone who can speak with some authority or eloquence on these matters.  In total, perhaps 4 to 6 hours of your time total will be required over the course of several weeks.

Please contact either Adriane McGillis at or Tara Jerdan at if you would be interested in volunteering for this opportunity and to learn more.

Register now for the AIAGC November Monthly Membership Meeting & Tour:

Richland Main Library

Wednesday, November 29th @ 12pm

1431 Assembly St.
Columbia, SC 29201


The renovation of the Main Library encompasses 175,656 square feet and three floors focused on delivering a solution to improved customer service and public gathering spaces that promote learning, creating and sharing. The design offers reimagined spaces that allow for greater collaboration and focused study spaces. Features include:

Teen Maker Spaces and Deck

Story Time and Puppet Stage

Flexible Auditorium space

Art Studios

Family Career Studio

Computer/Video Labs

Flexible Meeting Rooms

Staff/Support Areas

The new space allows the library to deliver more focused programming to the community with dedicated spaces that foster creativity and collaboration.  Additionally, the aging infrastructure and systems are upgraded to preserve an architectural icon in downtown Columbia.  From an urban planning standpoint, a new main level entry plaza and outdoor gathering space, art gallery and café all activate the adjacent streets.  A new lower level entry connects to the lower parking to welcome families and school groups to the children, teen and family spaces.

The design was a collaborative effort led by BOUDREAUX and included McMillan Pazdan Smith and Margaret Sullivan Studios.

Meet inside at the entrance on the corner of Hampton and Assembly Street. Parking is available in the lot at the corner of Washington and Park Street as well as metered parking. Hard hats are not required.


$5 (+ convenience fee) Presentation, Tour, and Lunch @ 12pm.   

Register online by 12pm on Tuesday, November 28 at: