Watson Tate Savory is pleased to announce the naming of two new Principals, Eugene Bell and John McLean.

“Gene and John have been foundational to our firm’s growth and success for many years. Each shares our deep commitment to our clients and the quality of work that has brought that success for three decades.  It is exciting and fitting that they will continue to lead Watson Tate Savory for the next generation,” says Tom Savory, FAIA, LEED AP.

Eugene Bell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Gene enjoys transforming Owners’ aspirations into beautiful, contextual, well-designed buildings. Gene has managed award-winning projects across the state of South Carolina including the City of Columbia’s Water and Wastewater Division Facility, the Technical College of the Lowcountry’s Angus Cotton Multi-purpose Building and Midlands Technical College’s Harbison Theater. He currently serves as Secretary and Treasurer on the board of the American Institute of Architects, South Carolina Chapter.  He has served on the City of Columbia’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee and the Columbia Design League, for which he has served as President and Treasurer. He also serves as Cubmaster for his son’s Cub Scout Pack. In his free time, you might find him building something in his shop, running with his friends, or relaxing in a hammock with his wife and 3 children (in their own hammocks!) in a South Carolina State Park.

John McLean, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

John’s deep experience with historic preservation comes from his work on over two dozen projects in buildings listed on the National Register or contributing to historic districts including award-winning renovations to the South Carolina State Museum and South Carolina State University’s Lowman Hall.  Along with higher educational work, federal work has also been a focus using his extensive knowledge of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards as well as federal standards.  An active volunteer in the community, John is currently on the Board of Directors for the Midlands Housing Trust Fund. In addition, John was appointed in 2015 to represent the state chapter of AIA on the Energy Independence and Sustainable Construction Advisory Committee. A native of Iowa, John moved to Columbia and joined the firm in 2003 after two years overseas and two years in Chicago.  John, his wife (a Columbia native he met overseas), and their 3 lively daughters are happiest spending quality time together in their home John designed.