History of AIA South Carolina
The nearly 100 year history of AIA South Carolina has been documented in two published books. Architecture Practice in South Carolina, 1913-1963 and Architectural Practice: The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These publications recount the development of the architectural profession in South Carolina. AIA/SC will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013
Born out of the a group of dedicated individuals, Harlan E. McClure, FAIA, Dean Emeritus of the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities stated, "The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects is unique, for it has worked as a group to improve the professional standards of architecture. It played an important role as the School of Architecture became an independent college within the framework of Clemson University and collaborated in the fund raising and establishment of off-campus programs in South Carolina and Europe."
As AIA/SC sets to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2013 there has been a tremendous amount of change. In his book, Architectural Practice: The South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, John M. Bryan, HAIA states, ".......the growth of the state over the last half-century has been paralleled by the growth of the architectural profession. Membership in the AIA/SC has grown from six charter members in June 1913, to 790 (out of 973 licensed architects residing in South Carolina and 2251 out-of-state registrants) in June 2001." Today, AIA/SC boasts over 900 members statewide.
The Cottage, our AIA South Carolina offices are located in Columbia in the historic district. The offices were originally purchased in 1979 and have served as our headquarters for nearly 30 years.