Archives for the month of: February, 2019

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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.




AIAGC Professional Development Workshop:
Power and Play
Presenter: Shannon Ivey MFA, AEA

Free to AIA Columbia Members

Free to Graduate Architects (ie Interns)

$10 for non-members

Light refreshment will be provided




February 27

from 4:30pm to 6:00 pm

@ Center for Architecture

1530 Main Street


To be followed by a Happy Hour/YAF even at Hendrix @6pm


AIAGC is pleased to announce the first in a quarterly series of workshops and seminars aimed at providing our membership with career development skills in settings and methods unique from a typical luncheon seminar.  As architects, we seek to transform the ideas and needs of clients both said and unsaid into beautifully defined spaces.  This workshop will seek to push you towards new ways of understanding how we communicate.  We encourage members at any experience level to attend and we also encourage our AIA members to share this opportunity with their non-AIA colleagues.  Read on for more info about this workshop from it’s facilitator!


Program Facilitator Bio: 

Shannon Ivey MFA, AEA, is the founder of the award winning #whatshesaidproject.  From Memphis, TN, Shannon received her undergraduate degree from Mississippi University for Women (the first public women’s college) and an MFA from UNC Greensboro.  She has performed in 48 states thanks to a vibrant career as a professional actor and teacher.  Her professional specialties are first person storytelling (Story Slams) and Theatre of the Oppressed (a form of theatre activism) facilitation.  Shannon is an experienced educator, Tedx speaker, storyteller, and innovator.  She currently resides in Columbia, South Carolina with her 9 year old daughter, Zoe. For more information: 


Workshop Description/Definition:

Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) is a series of interactive games and exercises used in a variety of settings and communities to explore power and oppression.  The main purposes of TO are to become critically aware of oppression and power in relationships, to rehearse alternative solutions for real life, and to ultimately be able to make change for social justice.


Creator Augusto Boal was an international theatre director and activist.  His work, Theatre of the Oppressed, was based on Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, which helps students critically question social power structures and work toward change.


In any situation, in order to move away from a hierarchical power structure, one must be able to first identify oppressive power structures/processes, then envision a new structure(s), and transition toward change by experiencing/rehearsing the alternatives.  


TO engages in empowered thinking by reflecting on problems and solutions while using the prior knowledge of the participants.


TO is an outgrowth of significant social and political unrest in South America during the 1970’s.  Boal believed that we must all be actors in order to transform society.  He saw the parallel between the traditional presenting of theatre (where the audience is a passive observer) and society (where the few make all the decisions for the many).  By the one major change of empowering audience members to an active role (spect-actors), they were able to participate, make decisions, and even act in opposition to confront real world problems.  Those often unheard and underrepresented now had a medium to communicate and create critical dialogue about the issues they face.  


This experiential workshop is a fun way to explore power dynamics through play. No acting experience needed, just a willingness to have fun and then discuss what you noticed with your peers.