Quackenbush Architects Receives AIASC Honor Design Award at Virtual Celebration


COLUMBIA, SC – Quackenbush Architects + Planners received a 2021 American Institute of Architects South Carolina (AIASC) Honor Award for New Construction for its design of the new Heyward Career & Technology Center Culinary Arts Addition in Richland County School District One. 

This is the third award received for the Addition since its opening, having also received recognition from the American Institute of Architects Columbia Chapter and the South Carolina Association for Learning Environments.

“Through a preliminary needs assessment and discussions with the career center’s leadership, the culinary arts program was identified as one of the center’s most popular, and consequently one of the programs most in need of updated and expanded facilities,” says Q+ project manager Spencer Hutchinson, AIA. “Working closely with the culinary instructor and hearing his insights into how the culinary kitchen would function as an instructional space were key to the success of the project."

The AIASC jury praised the project as “powerful” and one that “elevates the status of those typically back-of-house programs to be the full focus of the architect’s design efforts.”

The jury also highlighted the project’s preservation of both form and detailing, “yet delivering maximum impact, from materials selection, daylighting, and the relationship between structure and enclosure.”

The annual awards, presented virtually at the AIASC 2021 Design Awards ceremony on November 20, are the state’s highest recognition of excellence in design, recognizing projects, architects, and owners throughout the state who exemplify vision, creativity, and design innovation.

“We’re honored to receive this recognition for design excellence from the American Institute of Architects South Carolina,” says Q+ President Doug Quackenbush, AIA LEED, AP. “We take pride in the collaborative work we do with our educational clients- and we’re delighted to see it celebrated by our peers!”  

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