South Atlantic Architects and Former Charleston Mayor Joe Riley Recognized for Design Excellence and Leadership

ASHEVILLE NC − The American Institute of Architects South Atlantic Region (AIA SAR) has announced the winners of its 2019 Design Awards Program. Architects from the region were honored for their work in new construction, adaptive reuse and preservation, interiors, and housing. Students from Clemson University and Georgia Tech were honored for their projects both built and unbuilt. Awards were conferred during the ASPIRE Experience conference on April 14-16 in Asheville, NC. The 2019 Design Awards Jury was chaired by Julie Snow, FAIA, principal of Snow Kreilich Architects in Minneapolis, MN, recipient of the 2018 AIA Firm Award.

Also honored was former Mayor of Charleston, Joseph P. Riley, Jr. who received the 2019 Roger Milliken Award for his role in the revitalization of one of America’s most beloved cities and as founder of the Mayors’ Institute on City Design, which since 1986 has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities. For more info please visit:

Winners included:

  • Andre Johnson Architect for unbuilt project African American Entrepreneurs Museum in Kemersville, NC
  • Clark Nexsen for Wake Technical College Parking Deck 2 and Regional Plant & Teaching Facility, GoRaleigh Bus Shelter and Abbotts Creek Community Center in Raleigh, NC; Coastal Studies Institute in Wanchese, NC; and Blue Ridge Orthodontics in Asheville, NC.
  • In situ studio for Corbett Residence in Bahama, NC; Ocotea Renovation and Ten at South Person in Raleigh, NC
  • Liollio Architecture for Hampton Health Clinic in Varnville, SC; Brighton Park Swim Club in Summerville, SC; and James Island Town Hall on James Island, SC
  • Perkins+Will for NC State University Gregg Museum of Art and Design in Raleigh, NC
  • Cannon Architects for Penland 2D Building, Penland School of Craft in Penland, NC
  • Gensler for Fitzco/Momentum/Weber Shandwick in Atlanta, GA
  • Lord Aeck Sargent for Miller Theater Rehabilitation in Augusta, GA
  • Smith Dalia Architects for Phi Gamma Hall Restoration and Adaptive Use – Oxford College of Emory University in Oxford, GA
  • VINES architecture for Cleveland Public Library: MLK Branch in Cleveland, OH
  • Hinman Courtyard Installation Collaborative for student project Hinman Courtyard Installation at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA
  • Jiayi Shen and Yin Xia for student project Between the Blocks in Clemson, SC
  • Philip Riazzi and Cameron Foster for student project Acclimate in Bremerton, WA

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About AIA SAR: The American Institute of Architects South Atlantic Region is comprised of all of the Chapters in three states: Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina and is home to more than 5,500 members. The AIA is the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in service to society. We are dedicated to driving positive change in our communities through the power of design.

About ASPIRE: AIA South Atlantic’s new ASPIRE EXPERIENCE is a one-of-a kind conference using Asheville’s art scene, historical architecture, craft breweries, popular parks and local businesses to create and present a program of education, inspiration and engagement for the design and construction community. The ASPIRE EXPERIENCE offers designers an opportunity to impact change and make a difference in their community. For more information visit:

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