A visit to Aiken means going outside, learning about history, strolling around lovely parks, and shopping. As you wander through Aiken, you will see a vibrant downtown with plenty to offer. The city is also home to world-class equestrian events and a variety of festivals. There’s always something interesting to discover in this bustling location.

Here’s a list of some of the best commercial architects in the area if you want to build a business in this thriving city. These firms were chosen for their track records, portfolios, and awards.

McMillan Pazdan Smith

1316 Washington Street, Columbia, SC 29201

Founded in 1955, McMillan Pazdan Smith is a regional, studio-based architecture, planning, and interior design firm whose mission is to help its clients, create environments that embody their visions, enrich the brand, and enhance the quality of communities. Among its services are architecture, sustainability, master planning, building information modeling, construction administration, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse developments.

The firm has had the privilege of designing many projects in or around Aiken, South Carolina that has had a positive impact on the community, including: The Aiken County Government Center, Aiken Technical College’s Center for Energy and Advanced Manufacturing, several Aiken County public schools, the Aiken County Animal Shelter, The Aiken Family YMCA, and a renovation to the Aiken County Library which is currently in process. One of the firm’s missions is to bring new life to historic or significant structures for communities like Aiken.

Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C.

1296 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Established in 1980, Johnson, Laschober & Associates, P.C. is a full-service, multi-discipline engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture firm. With offices in Augusta and Charleston, the firm specializes in developing commercial, worship, education, recreation, healthcare, historic renovations, industrial and public facilities.

Under the direction of Charles Johnson, Richard Laschober, and Watson Lee Dorn, the firm has been recognized for its achievements in quality assurance by receiving the Metro Augusta Quality Council’s Special Team Accomplishment Recognition. JLA was also awarded the “Project of the Year” for its emergency structural response to a tornadic wind disaster at the Textron Specialized Vehicle Plant from the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers. The firm also holds memberships with the American Institute of Architects, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, and the Columbia County Chamber.

Christopher Booker & Associates, PC

670 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Christopher Booker & Associates has provided excellence in architectural design for the commercial, industrial, institutional, religious, government, educational, and residential sectors for more than 20 years. The firm has an exceptional reputation for providing consistent, high-quality, and creative designs and construction. The firm’s unique and extensive construction experience provides accuracy when it comes to estimating, budgeting, and scheduling.

Christopher is the Treasurer of the American Institute of Architects, Augusta Chapter, a member of the Augusta-Richmond County Board of Zoning Appeals, on The Senior Citizen Council Board of Directors, and the Chairman of the Augusta-Richmond County Construction Advisory Board. Under the oversight of its moniker, the firm has an up-to-date working knowledge of current state and local codes and federal guidelines. The company also has a wealth of experience working with state, regional, and national government municipalities and large and small organizations.

Cheatham Fletcher Scott Architects

420 1/2 Eighth Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Founded in 1979, Cheatham Fletcher Scott is a team of architects and interior designers working collaboratively to build great places to work, socialize, recreate, learn, worship, and live. Its services include architecture, planning, historic preservation, interior, recreation, arts, institutional, garden, landscape, and folly design. The firm serves clientele in the Central Savannah River Area, Canada, and Hawaii in the commercial, hospitality, civic, educational, worship, and educational sectors.

The firm is headed by Albert F. Cheatham, Richard M. Fletcher, and Cameron B. Scott as its principal architects. Its team consists of LEED-accredited professionals and licensed experts who transform the way people in the area enjoy their surroundings. The company holds memberships with the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce and the Aiken Chamber of Commerce.


Virgo Gambill Architects

3810 Oak Drive, Augusta, GA 30907

Founded in 1984, Virgo Gambill Architects is an architecture and planning company based in Augusta. Headed by Steve Virgo and Joe Gambill, the firm serves the commercial, health care, worship, governmental, education, residential, and aviation sectors with the help of its carefully selected experts. Its project managers can work on different project types, handle the consultant team, collaborate with the client, and guarantee its team of designers and draftspeople quality-controlled documents.

After serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War, Steve studied architecture at Clemson University and acquired a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree in 1979. Joe, meanwhile, studied architecture at Virginia Tech, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1980. Both of them are registered and licensed, holding memberships with the American Institute of Architects.


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