Quackenbush Architects' Spencer Hutchinson Selected to Serve on AIA Greater Columbia Board

Spencer Hutchinson

Quackenbush Architects' Spencer Hutchinson Selected to Serve on AIA Greater Columbia Board


COLUMBIA, SC - January 22, 2019 - Spencer Hutchinson, project architect at Quackenbush Architects + Planners, was recently appointed to the board of the Greater Columbia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). 

A licensed architect since 2017 and a member of AIA Greater Columbia for three years, Hutchinson is enthusiastic about helping the organization support the professional growth of Columbia architects and to engage with the community to create thriving spaces to live, learn, work and play.

“AIA Greater Columbia not only focuses on resources and support for architects, but on efforts to help us stay in touch with the people we’re designing for,” he says. “It’s exciting to be able to contribute to these discussions.”

The AIA chapter meets monthly and hosts building tours as well as social and professional gatherings, including the popular AIA Columbia Design Awards, a biannual event that recognizes some of the most innovative projects completed by Columbia firms.

“I appreciate the opportunity AIA Columbia provides to interact with other architects and catch up with other professionals,” says Hutchinson. “It’s a collaborative group. We’re all working to make the city better and put our creative energy into high-quality designs. The design awards competition, in particular, is an opportunity to get to see a lot of the great work going on here in Columbia.”

Hutchinson, who joined Q+ in 2016, is one of three new AIA Greater Columbia board members. Among his most recent Q+ projects is the soon-to-be-dedicated 100,000-square-foot University of South Carolina Long Family Football Operations Center. A 2016 graduate of Clemson University Master of Architecture program, Hutchinson is also leading the design team developing a Culinary Arts lab and classroom at the Heyward Career & Technology Center.

“We’re proud of Spencer’s leadership and his desire to make a lasting impact on our community,” says Q+ President Doug Quackenbush. “His talents in managing projects and his enthusiasm for innovative ideas makes him a tremendous asset to the Greater Columbia AIA.”

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Quackenbush Architects Wins 3 AIA 2018 Design Awards!


COLUMBIA, SC - Nov 1, 2018 - Quackenbush Architects + Planners is thrilled to announce how Chapin Middle School, the Russell House Leadership & Service Center, and the Student Health Center at the University of South Carolina have all earned an AIA achievement!

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UofSC wins the rare Active Minds Healthy Campus Award!


COLUMBIA, SC - May 23, 2018 - Quackenbush Architects + Planners is thrilled to announce how the University of South Carolina has earned a rare national achievement!

UofSC is the only college in South Carolina — and one of only seven in the nation — to win the national Active Minds Healthy Campus Award. Recognizing the healthiest college campuses in the U.S., the award celebrates institutions that demonstrate excellence in prioritizing and promoting the health and well-being of their students.

Many thanks to USC for letting us be a part of this experience! 

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Quackenbush Architects + Planners Announces Three New Associates


COLUMBIA, SC – April 3, 2018 – Quackenbush Architects + Planners is pleased to announce and welcome three new associates to its team — Mirjam Gerlach and Maria-Luz Torres, both intern architects, and Kyle Alston, graphic designer and marketing coordinator.

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LR5 New Middle School Groundbreaking

Administrators, board members and School Improvement Council members gathered Thursday in Chapin to break ground at the site of Lexington-Richland School District Five’s new middle school campus. While they dug into the earth with ceremonial shovels, construction crews continued to clear and level land for the new home of local students.

“We are excited about the minds that will be shaped here,” said Mark Bounds, district chief information officer.

The yet-to-be-named school is the last one scheduled to be built with proceeds from the 2008 bond referendum and will be next to Spring Hill High School and Center for Advanced Technical Studies on Broad River Road.

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support of our community,” said Superintendent Stephen Hefner. “It’s a great milestone in District Five history.”

The school will serve seventh and eighth grade on campus next door to Spring Hill High. (photo by Rachel Ham)

The campus will house only seventh-graders and eighth-graders and will alleviate overcrowding at Chapin Elementary, Lake Murray Elementary and Chapin Middle schools. Board Chairman Beth Watson said the new school was planned so the district can continue providing quality education.

“We understand smaller class sizes are a major key,” she said.

Representatives from Quackenbush Architects, including Doug Quackenbush, Marc Warren, Kyle Fant and Kate Lanni, were also on site Thursday to see how their vision is progressing. Quackenbush said the team began working on the school’s design in early 2013 and collaborated with the district for about a year.

Construction is scheduled to wrap up in time for the school to welcome students in the fall of 2015.

Read the original article here, learn more about the groundbreaking here and here, and see construction photos here.

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