Watson Tate Savory was honored on Friday evening, April 25th, with the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Firm Award, the highest honor bestowed upon an AIA South Carolina firm. Received only eight times in AIA SC’s history, the Firm Award is given “in recognition of a firm’s design excellence, significant body of work and continuity of public service that has made a lasting influence on the practice of architecture in South Carolina.”
In his nomination of WTS for the award, John Jacques, AIA, Clemson University Professor Emeritus of Architecture, cited a “client and context centered approach to design excellence” permeating the firms “significant body of work,” remarking that WTS “seems to have successfully translated the spirit of discovery found in a collegiate architectural design studio to the context of a professional business.” The presentation of the award was preceded by a brief video of comments from clients and colleagues reflecting on the firm’s legacy and contributions to the architectural profession.
Watson Tate Savory’s projects have been internationally published and recognized with over thirty AIA Awards for Design Excellence since 2000. Their principals and associates have taken regional leadership roles within the American Institute of Architects, the Society for College and University Planning, and the US Green Building Council, as well as founding the Columbia Design League. Watson Tate Savory, with offices in Columbia and Charlotte, is grateful for the many opportunities their clients have provided over twenty five years in practice.