Architecture, planning and design firm’s creative collaboration delivers valuable client support
The downtown Charleston offices of architecture, planning and interior design firm McMillan Pazdan Smith embody the spirit of the company. Located in a renovated historic building across from the iconic Mother Emanuel Church, the industrial chic interior is completely open, so ideas can flow across desks, departments and areas of expertise.
Inside, the office thrums with creative collaboration as the firm’s team marries art and science for great design. McMillan Pazdan Smith has built this magnetic and caring culture by assembling, retaining, and developing a tremendous team of growing talent — all with a focus on serving clients and their beloved Charleston community with excellence.
McMillan Pazdan Smith believes great design delights the community as well as the client. They design buildings with the surrounding neighborhoods, and neighbors, top of mind.
“It’s our obligation to the community to enrich the neighborhood and the people who live in it through good design,” says Tom Hund, principal in the Charleston office.
An award-winning designer across many business sectors, McMillan Pazdan Smith has gained increasing recognition for their community-based approach to design. The Charleston Contractors’ Association named them Architectural Firm of the Year in 2016. They’ve steadily climbed the Engineering News Record’s Top 300 architecture and engineering firms list and have been awarded Zweig Group’s Best Places to Work and Hot Firms awards multiple times in recent years.
Of note, the firm’s K-12 Studio has had a strong impact on the community’s schools. By creating community learning centers that flow into the surrounding neighborhood and provide flexible educational space, they are preparing students for 21st century learning. This standard is the basis for both Berkeley County’s new, award-winning Philip Simmons High School and Mount Pleasant’s new Lucy Beckham High School, to open in 2020.
Likewise, at the Medical University of South Carolina’s groundbreaking Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital, McMillian Pazdan Smith, in association with Perkins+Will, has turned the traditional hospital design upside down. By reorienting the tower, every room is afforded a view of the river. The sickest children are placed on the top floors with the best views, and unique outdoor spaces flow into the rest of the campus. This facility will be one of only three in the nation to place critically ill newborns in the same rooms as their mothers.
As a firm that leverages cutting-edge technology to create beautiful, cost-effective and enduring design, McMillan Pazdan Smith continues to prove the depth of their enthusiasm for their clients and the city in which they live. Their diverse portfolio of public and private clients includes Charleston Waterfront Hotel, Charleston and Berkeley County school districts, The Dewberry Hotel, College of Charleston, The Citadel, Porter Gaud, IFA Group, The Boeing Company, Volvo, and many others.