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The Citadel Bastin Hall Groundbreaking

Mez Joseph

The Citadel recently broke ground on a brand new academic building. Bastin Hall will be the future home of the Tommy and Victoria Baker School of Business. The building is named after Rick and Mary Lee Bastin, who gave a generous donation to kick-start the fundraising for the building.  The groundbreaking, which took place outside of Hagood Avenue, is part of The Citadel's Foundation's Leaders in Philanthropy Weekend. This celebrates the contributions from people who have supported the college's mission of achieving excellence in education.

Liollio, in association with Ikon.5 has designed a 43,000 SF building that will feature a rooftop terrace, eight flat and tiered classrooms, four interview rooms and a 2,100 SF common area. This three story facility will modernize the business education program to prepare cadets to become leaders in the business community. The design is sited to create a new quad of The Citadel campus and becomes a new public face to the City of Charleston. Honoring the tradition of The Citadel and respecting the architectural character, the design incorporates modern characteristics showing the institutions transition into the 21st Century with an optimism for the future.

Liollio's Kendall Roberts Achieves Architectural Licensure

Mez Joseph

Liollio is pleased to congratulate Kendall Roberts, AIA, for earning his 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 Kendall and his achievement.

Born in Reading PA, Kendall grew up in Greenville SC. He moved to Charleston and joined the Liollio team in 2015 after finishing both his undergraduate and graduate studies in Architecture at Clemson University. Kendall also completed a semester in Barcelona at the Barcelona Architecture Center through Clemson’s Fluid Campus Program. He was on Clemson’s Solar Decathlon Team in 2015, and served as President of Freedom by Design (Clemson AIAS Chapter) during his undergraduate program. Freedom by Design, the AIAS community service program in partnership with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), uses the talents of architecture students to radically impact the lives of people in their community through modest design and construction solutions.

Kendall’s project work at Liollio has ranged in size and scope, strengthening his design, attention to detail, communication and collaborative skills. His recent work includes Charleston Fire Department’s Station 11, the Louis Waring, Jr. Senior Center, and the Kiawah Island handrail replacement at The Preserve.

Doug Kelbaugh, FAIA Presents Inaugural Lecture at MRUD Program Charleston

Mez Joseph

Clemson's School of Architecture is pleased to announce the inaugural lecture for the Master of Resilient Urban Design program in Charleston SC. Doug Kelbaugh, FAIA is the Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor of Architecture and Urban Planning and Dean Emeritus Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning. For additional information on this lecture and the MRUD program, please contact:  B.D. Wortham-Galvin, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Director, 843-723-1747, bdworth@clemson.edu. Visit the Clemson School of Architecture news & events page here.

Spotlight On: Liz Corr, AIA, LEED GA

Mez Joseph

A native of Philadelphia, Liz is a licensed architect with six years of professional experience. She earned her Master of Architecture degree at Clemson University, is a member of AIA South Carolina and AIA Equity in Architecture committee, and a volunteer with the Charleston Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program of America. Liz joined the Liollio team earlier this year. We recently sat down for a little Q&A with Our October Spotlight On feature.

How long have you lived in Charleston?
I lived in Charleston for five years after graduation and moved back a few months ago.

Where did you grow up?
Doylestown, PA a suburb of Philadelphia.

Are you married?
Yes, Brian and I started dating in graduate school and we celebrated our 1 year anniversary this spring.

What is your favorite thing in your house?
One of my favorite things is actually outside of our house. We planted a lemon tree a few years ago and it is doing great. I am looking for suggestions on what to do with a lot of lemons!

What do you like to do when you have free time?
I enjoy walking our dog around the city and the beach, yoga, drawing, and gardening.

Do you have any pets? If so, tell us a bit about them.
Yes, we have a Plott Hound, Belle from the Carolina Coonhound Rescue. She loves squirrels, snacks, and the couch.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When we finished grad school the economy was very bad. I am very proud of myself and classmates who went through those few years with perseverance and optimism.

What building have you visited that most impressed you?
The Pantheon and Richard Meier's Jubilee Church.

What architect or architecture firm most influenced you as a student?
In school I studied the architecture of MVRDV, OMA, Fuksas, Jeanne Gang, Liz Diller, W G Clark, Eileen Gray, Ray and Charles Eames, to list a few. Now, thanks to Instagram, I enjoy following inspiring accounts of people who create small crafts to international design firms... and a few adorable animals too.

What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
This is typically the last country I've been to, which is Denmark. We visited Copenhagen for a week during our honeymoon and enjoyed how easy it is to get around the city by bus and bikes to see the architecture, museums, and of course, food. But I can't answer this question without saying Genova and Italy hold a big part of my heart.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liollio?
The studio culture at Liollio is very collaborative. Everyone works towards the same goal of making each project as good as possible. The culture of design and teamwork is one of the first ideals you absorb as a new employee.

What inspires you most?
I find people and their stories inspiring - what makes someone who they are.

What is the hardest part about your job?
The hardest part of architecture is a blank page.

What style of architecture most impresses you or is your favorite?
I find quiet architecture impressive. A building that is enough - not more than it should be or less than it could be.

What is your favorite book?
I read Catcher in the Rye and loved it so long ago that I am afraid to re-read it.

What is your favorite restaurant?
Sea Biscuit Café on IOP

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
Magnolia Plantation, our wedding was at Magnolia's Conservatory last year. It is one of my favorite places from a perfect day with family and friends.

What is your favorite food?
Coffee! Is that a food?

What is your least favorite food?
Anything coconut, I really don't like the flavor.

If you could be an animal, what would you be and why?
An Elephant, I'm not sure why.

Do you play any instruments?
No

What song is at the top of your most played list (be honest)?
Absinthe Party at the Fly Honey Warehouse by Minus the Bear.

Who is your favorite musical artist?
The Hold Steady

Who is your favorite artist?
Locally, I used to walk by Rick Reinert's studio on my way to work and would love to have one of his paintings one day.

Favorite television show?
Right now, I'm watching Better Things.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Mary-Louis Parker

What’s your astrological sign?
Gemini. It's perfect because I am an identical twin!

Last movie you watched?
Naked on Netflix

Guilty pleasure?
French Fries & Yellow Mustard

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Traveling to Pennsylvania to see my sister and her family is the best place I can ever go. I am an aunt of two awesome kids.

What is the proudest moment of your life, thus far?
Marrying my best friend Brian and becoming an aunt (twice!)

What is your personal philosophy?
Be nice.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?
My family ...and coffee.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your life thus far?
I struggled with depression in college and asking for help was a big hurdle. I believe everyone needs someone to talk to and it has taught me more compassion for myself and others.

What is your greatest fear?
Unexpected phone calls.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.
I played Division II softball in college. Our team reached the World Series tournament and I was awarded the All-American Outfielder award.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would be a mail carrier. I would need to have the mail truck, mail bag, and uniform of course.

What does true leadership mean to you?
A leader is a part of their team and leads by example while helping to advance and encourage the people around them. There are many kinds of leaders, but they all must be good listeners.

How do you define success?
Success is fluid. It is setting goals but being able to find happiness wherever you find yourself.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
I would tell myself to be bolder in my opinions and that you are smarter than you think you are.

Fall Lecture Series Last Night "Women In Architecture" with Patricia Rhee

Mez Joseph

The annual lecture series, hosted by AIA Charleston and the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston, continued last night at the Clemson Design Center in the Cigar Factory. 2017 AIA Charleston President Aaron Bowman began the meeting with an overview of upcoming events and introduced speaker Patricia Rhee, a partner at Ehrlich Yanai Rhee Chaney (EYRC) Architects of Los Angeles. The theme of the Fall lecture series was Women In Architecture and featured prominent architects from across the country. Lectures are free and open to the public.

I'm a Resident, Now What?

Mez Joseph

Jane Thompson, Liollio Business Development Manager, attended a City of Charleston civic engagement workshop last Saturday morning at the newly renovated Courvoisie Banquet Hall in The Citadel Alumni Center. It was particularly fun for Jane to experience the banquet hall first hand. Liollio recently completed the interior renovations there for The Citadel. The workshop, I’m a Resident, Now What?, featured Mayor John Tecklenburg and key City Staff facilitating a collaborative workshop in which Charleston residents learned how the City operates, participated in a mock community planning activity and budget process, met neighbors, connected with those who could directly answer questions, and had some fun in the process.

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LIOLLIO WELCOMES DAVID HERRERO

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.