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Mez Joseph

Liollio is pleased to welcome David Herrero, Associate AIA, to our studio. A native of La Ceiba, Honduras, David moved to the US to pursue an education in Architecture. After completing undergraduate studies at Clemson University he worked at the Design Division under the City of Charleston’s Planning Director, Jacob Lindsey. During David’s graduate education at Clemson, he participated in the 2015 Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon and later was involved in design and prototyping of the Sim(Ply) Framing System used in Clemson’s submission to the Decathlon. While at Clemson, David was involved in Architecture + CommunityBUILD (A+CB), earning a certificate from the program and developing an interest in community focused design. In this program, students learn how architecture can be a catalyst for positive change through community engagement and appropriate design solutions.

Liollio's Alison Dawson Selected for AIA SC Leadership

Mez Joseph

Liollio congratulates Alison Dawson, AIA, on being chosen to participate in the 2017-2018 AIA South Carolina Leadership Development Academy. The Leadership Development Academy, which focuses on core skills such as marketing and business development, office and firm management, presentation and public speaking, professional ethics and the law, philanthropy and board involvement, community service, industry trends, and the future of the practice, is designed to engage architectural professionals at all career stages in developing leadership skills and opportunities for emerging professionals.


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Liollio Welcomes Liz Corr!

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Liollio Architecture is pleased to welcome Liz Corr, AIA, LEED GA to our studio. Liz is a licensed architect with six years of professional experience, including K12 and higher education, community and commercial design. A native of Philadelphia, Liz completed her undergraduate education at Shippensburg University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics before completing her Master of Architecture degree at Clemson University. As a student, Liz studied in Charleston and Genoa, Italy, gaining a love of exploring and an interest in community focused design. Liz is a member of AIA South Carolina, AIA Equity in Architecture committee and a volunteer with the Charleston Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America.

Happy Solar Eclipse Viewing!

Mez Joseph

Today, Monday, August 21, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the Sun, and NASA will carry it live from coast to coast from unique vantage points on the ground and from aircraft and spacecraft, including the International Space Station. Coverage starts at noon ET/9am PT on Aug 21. Watch it live here on NASA's Facebook page or on your TV with the Facebook video app, available in major TV app stores. #Eclipse2017

In observance of this special event, the Liollio offices will close at noon and reopen the following morning. Happy and safe eclipse viewing to all!

Charleston International Airport Renovation Lauded by SC Public Works

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From left to right: SC APWA President Frank Pandullo, Britton Corbin, director of engineering, Charleston County Aviation Authority; Awards Chairperson Dana Higgins

From left to right: SC APWA President Frank Pandullo, Britton Corbin, director of engineering, Charleston County Aviation Authority; Awards Chairperson Dana Higgins

Charleston International Airport’s terminal redevelopment, which wrapped in late 2016, has been honored by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association as its 2017 Public Works Project of the Year. The award was presented during the chapter’s state conference in July. It recognizes outstanding achievements in transportation public works projects. Overall, the APWA awards program promotes excellence in the management and administration of public works projects by recognizing the alliances between managing agencies, consultants, architects, engineers and contractors who together complete public works projects.

“Although several impressive projects were submitted for the 2017 SC APWA Project of the Year, the awards committee chose the Charleston County Aviation Authority’s project due to the complexity and size of the project,” said state chapter President Frank Pandullo.

“Performing renovations while having a fully operational terminal is a construction scheduling challenge that was easily overcome during this project,” he said. “We commend the Aviation Authority for undertaking the project, and compliment the Aviation Authority on the receipt of the award.” Pandullo went on to say “the space created to accommodate the growth from 1.6 million passengers in 2000 to the more than 3.7 million passengers in 2016 will continue to allow growth to the terminal in the years to come. Of special note, Pandullo said “the design of the 18’ tall and 32’ wide dome in the Central Hall and Arrivals area is both beautiful and functional” and give passengers a visual connection from the curbside to the airfield.

Charleston International Airport underwent a complete transformation inside and out between 2012 and 2016, without disruptions to air travel. The unprecedented project turned the 30+-year-old airport into a modern, sophisticated hub of air travel for its 3.7 million passengers and gave the Charleston region an airport fitting for a vibrant, growing community. The project wrapped in October 2016 with a formal rededication.

The airline boarding areas underwent complete renovation to include new seating, restrooms and improved amenities such as individual power outlets, more shopping and dining options and improved signage. On Concourse B, five new gates were added (for a total of 15 airport wide) and 15 new jet bridges were installed across both airport concourses.

A new Central Energy Plant was built to provide highly efficient and remotely manageable environmental systems. The program also included new inbound and outbound baggage handling systems.

“We’re honored to receive this award because it is from an organization in which many of its members had a role in helping make the terminal redevelopment a success,” said Paul G. Campbell Jr., executive director and CEO of the Aviation Authority.

“Despite the challenges of renovating while operating the airport and experiencing significant growth that experts did not predict for another 10 years, everyone involved in the project persevered,” Campbell said. “Today we have an airport that will take us into the future and one that the community can be proud of.”

The SCAPWA award is the fourth for the terminal redevelopment. Others are:

  • Southeastern Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives Commercial Airport 2017 Project of the Year
  • Charleston Metro Chamber 2016 Beacon Award
  • Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau 2016 Golden Pineapple Award


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A native of Charleston, Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Clemson University and Bachelor of Architecture at North Carolina State University. Alison has been part of the Liollio team for over five years. She recently earned her architectural licensure and became a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). We recently sat down for a little Q&A with Alison, our August Spotlight On feature.

Where did you grow up?
I was lucky enough to have been born and raised in Charleston, which is sort of like winning the hometown lottery! I spent every moment I could on the water; sailing, surfing and soaking up all that Lowcountry life had to offer.

Are you married?
My husband, Calvin, and I will be celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary in October.

What is your favorite thing in your house?
My favorite things are really part of the house itself. It’s a simple bungalow that was built in the 1940’s and still contains the original plaster walls, trim and hardware. The door hardware is antique brass and has the coolest faceted glass knobs. I love that these things haven’t been replaced.

What do you like to do when you have free time?
I love meeting friends at local breweries - my favorite is Revelry. On the weekends, if the weather is nice, I also enjoy being out on the boat with my husband and our dogs or walking around downtown for garden inspiration.

Tell us a bit about your dogs.
We are constantly kept on our toes by our wild coonhound, Otis, and his attention grabbing antics. Last year we adopted his best buddy, Duke, a black lab, and they have been the perfect complement to one another.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
Most recently, receiving my architectural license.

What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
Studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain was a life changing experience. Everything about it just blew my mind. The architecture, art, culture, food, wine, lifestyle…all of it.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liollio?
It’s really inspiring to work with a group of like-minded, fun people who genuinely care about making a positive impact on the communities we work with.

What inspires you most?
I am constantly inspired by my colleagues and mentors at Liollio. Our studio culture is top-notch and we aim to elevate design in every aspect of our projects through sincere study of context and culture.

What style of architecture most impresses you or is your favorite?
I favor proportion over any sort of style. If the proportion is off, there is no decorative accent or detail that is going to fix it.

What is your favorite book?
Harry Potter

What is your favorite restaurant?
Definitely FIG. I have never had a bite of anything there that didn’t impress me and they have a really warm and knowledgeable staff.

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
So many places hold dear memories for me, but a favorite is probably the Sea Island Yacht Club in Rockville, which is a tiny little community at the end of Wadamalaw Island. From what I’ve been told, my grandparents met there in the 1930s at the Rockville Regatta.

What is your favorite food?
Fancy cheese (bonus points when paired with wine and my best girlfriends.

What is your least favorite food?
It’s a tie between liver and raw yellow squash.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
A dolphin - they are gregarious creatures and seem to spend most of their time playing or eating.

Do you play any instruments?
I started playing the violin when I was around 6 and continued somewhat seriously with it through high school. I’ve always had horrendous stage fright though. I still play some, mostly along with my favorite records, and only in front of my dogs. They howl at the high notes, which is equally hilarious and shameful.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
Lately, Jason Isbell. There is something about his music and the storytelling that I find really compelling. Otherwise, I listen to hip hop most of the time.

Who is your favorite artist?

Favorite television show?
The Big Bang Theory cracks me up. I’m also obsessed with Game of Thrones.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Maybe Emma Stone or Shailene Woodley??

What’s your astrological sign?
I’m a Cancer, though I really don’t know what it means aside from the fact that I do like water and pearls.

Last movie you watched?
Wet Hot American Summer - it’s an old favorite.

Guilty pleasure?

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Anytime I get to travel, I feel like I’m automatically having the best time ever, and I’m fortunate to have visited some really cool places. I really enjoyed Ireland and Barbados, as they are both part of my traceable family history.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family and friends - I’m blessed to have the best of both!

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
I have dealt with crippling anxiety in the past, which I think surprises even people that know me well. It took a lot for me to work through it at times, but it is also something that has given me a lot of empathy for others and a reminder not to be too quick to judge.

What is your greatest fear?
Going underground, which is a bit of an oxymoron since my maiden name is Cave. I saw this documentary about spelunking on PBS when I was really young and someone got trapped. It still terrifies me to think about.

What does true leadership mean to you?
Inspiring people to not only succeed, but to do so with kindness, humility and strength of character.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would want be a travel writer/blogger, a food stylist or a fashion designer.

How do you define success?
Being happy.

Built, Fast! 6 Local Architects Talk Shop

Mez Joseph

Associate Principal Andy Clark recently attended AIA Charleston's Pecha Kucha presentation Built, Fast! 6 Local Architects Talk Shop on July 18 held at Charles Towne Fermentory. Andy presented Liollio's design of the University of South Carolina Beaufort - Hilton Head Hospitality Management Facility. The project is currently under construction and Liollio is working in association with Bialosky Cleveland. Six local architects discussed and displayed images of their work at the new brewery in Avondale. The event was presented by AIA Charleston and CRAN Charleston, but was open to all. Each presenter exhibited 20 slides for 20 seconds each. It was a concise presentation of what our local architects have been hard at work on. Visit the AIA Charleston website at for upcoming events.

Liollio’s Alison Dawson Achieves Architectural Licensure

Mez Joseph

Liollio Architecture is pleased to congratulate Alison Dawson, AIA, for earning her architectural licensure and becoming a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a professional organization for architects in the United States. A registered architect must complete an internship and pass a rigorous series of examinations offered by official architectural registration boards in the United States and Canada. The Liollio team celebrates Alison and her achievement.

A native of Charleston, Alison earned her Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at Clemson University and Bachelor of Architecture at North Carolina State University, graduating with honors. As a student, Alison tailored her studies toward areas of interest such as urban design, regional infrastructures, sustainable systems and the history of American cities. She spent a semester abroad in Barcelona, cultivating a deep appreciation for the coexistence of preservation and current technology in the built environment.

Alison’s work at Liollio has varied, strengthening her design, attention to detail, communication and collaborative skills. Her recent work includes Brighton Park Swim Club, addition/renovation work at Charleston International Airport and preservation/renovation to Charleston’s Old City Jail. Alison is also very active as a Student Mentor in the ACE Mentor Program of America Charleston Chapter and was honored as one of Charleston Regional Business Journal’s 2016 Forty Under 40 recipients.

Liollio Welcomes Juhee Porwal

Mez Joseph

Liollio Architecture is pleased to welcome Juhee Porwal, Associate AIA, to its studio. Juhee was born in Jodhpour, India and graduated in 2015 from the Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University School of Architecture and Planning (GGSIPU) in New Delhi, earning a Bachelor of Architecture. While in India, she served as Chief Editor and organizer of the publication Puri-fication: Understanding the Visible. Juhee previously worked as an intern at the Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage in New Delhi. She is currently pursuing her Master of Architecture from Clemson University School of Architecture. Juhee worked as the Graduate Assistant under Professor Daniel Harding for the Clemson Research Design Center. In 2015, she was awarded the Thomas J. Kendrick, Jr. Fellowship from Clemson University, and was recently awarded the H.C. & L.C. Mickel Endowment.