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Happy Holidays From Liollio!

Mez Joseph

Happy Holidays from your friends at Liollio Architecture!
Our office will be closed Friday, December 22 through Tuesday, December 26, reopening Wednesday December 27. We will also be closed Monday, January 1st for New Year’s Day.

Spotlight On: David Herrero, Associate AIA

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 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. David joined the Liollio team earlier this year. We recently sat down for a little Q&A with our December Spotlight On feature.

How long have you lived in Charleston?
I’ve lived in Charleston on and off between college and work for close to two years.

Where did you grow up?
I grew up in La Ceiba, Honduras. La Ceiba is a small coastal city on the northern Caribbean coast of Honduras. La Ceiba has been historically connected to Southern U.S. coastal cities through maritime trade and a lot of architectural elements found in cities like Charleston or New Orleans are still present there.

Are you married? Do you have children?
No & No

What is your favorite thing in your house?
My outdoor piazza. It’s a great place to relax when the weather is nice here in Charleston. Being able to open the windows from my living room and listening to music out on the piazza is a great way to spend an afternoon at home.

What do you like to do when you have free time?
I like to play tennis whenever I get the chance. I’m also a runner and enjoy running from my place down to the battery.

What accomplishment are you most proud of?
There was a rupture of the sprinkler system at Clemson over the architecture library. A few of us were there past midnight working and found out about it. There was an inch of water on the ground by the time we got there and the ceiling tiles were starting to sag with weight. We rolled up our pants and spent the next hour taking out as many books as we could save. We managed to save a lot of irreplaceable material and got a letter from the president for it.

What building have you visited that most impressed you?
The OMA Seattle Public library has been one of my favorite buildings that I’ve gotten to see recently. I was really impressed of how the famous section diagram that we see everywhere about it actually translates to the built space.

What architect or architecture firm most influenced you as a student?
When I was in undergrad, Bjarke Ingles was reaching his heyday as a starchitect. I can’t think of any other architect that influenced our generation as much as he has.

What is your favorite country you have traveled to and why?
I’ve always have been very fond of Spain. I grew up going there over the summers to visit family and I have a lot of good memories of those summers. My dad’s hometown is a small medieval town in the center of Spain and people there still live the way people have lived for thousands of years. It was very refreshing to immerse in that lifestyle for a little bit of my time.

What is your favorite thing about working at Liollio?
I really love the work atmosphere in the office. I think the studio truly works as a team in a very supportive manner. There’s also an expectation of excellence in the work that is produced that I think is very encouraging on a daily basis.

What inspires you most?
I love to learn why things happen the way they do. I’m a history nerd and I enjoy learning about the way our work has affected the built environment and our cities. I want to be able to understand what we can do as a profession to help alleviate some of the problems we face in the world. I don’t think you can do that without first understanding what we’ve done in the past that has had unintended consequences on society.

What style of architecture most impresses you or is your favorite?
I prefer architecture that relates to our senses, not necessarily a certain style. I think there’s a time and place for most type of architecture but the really successful architecture is one that focuses on the experience of place. In an urban setting for example, this experience is achieved by the collective spaces and textures of more than one building.

What is your favorite book?
The Death & Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs

What is your favorite restaurant?
I love CO on King Street.

What’s your favorite place in Charleston?
For hanging out with friends, probably Kudu Coffee, though I can’t think of many places as special as The Cistern at College of Charleston. As for nature, I love Morris Island Lighthouse and inlet.

What is your favorite food?
Thai or Vietnamese

What is your least favorite food?
I can’t handle beets.

Do you play any instruments?
I played the clarinet for a few years.

Favorite television show?
Game of Thrones (of course!)

What’s your astrological sign?

Last movie you watched?
Star Wars: Rogue One

Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why?
Masada/Jerusalem. It’s hard to describe what makes these places so special. There’s something about the humble appearance of the landscape and city but the knowledge that so much of human history was built in that place that makes it a very special experience. Masada is the most impressive archeological site I’ve ever seen.

What is the proudest moment of your life, thus far?
When my teammate and I were nominated for the Harlan E. Mclure Award.

What’s one thing you couldn’t live without?

What does true leadership mean to you?
I think a true leader should be able to inspire others to do good work without having to demand good work. A leader’s own work and the way they carry themselves should set a level of excellence that others should hope to achieve.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?
I would enjoy being a film director.

What would you most like to tell yourself at age 13?
To enjoy my teen years more than I did, relax and get out more.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Not to draw with a scale ruler. 

Gifford Rosenwald School on U.S. National Register of Historic Places

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Hampton County Gifford Rosenwald School was approved by the South Carolina Historic Preservation Board of Review for nomination to the National Register of Historic Places on July 28, 2017. On October 4, notification was received from the SC Department of Archives and History that Gifford Rosenwald School was approved to be on the National Register. Properties on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places are the federal government’s list of historic properties worthy of preservation or protection.

Since the discovery of the school’s national importance, much support has come from the local community. Faith Temperance Deliverance Ministry, Gifford Rosenwald School Reunion Committee, Gifford Town Council, Hampton County Council, SC State Department of Archives and History and the National Parks Service have all contributed to the effort. Community organizations and businesses such as the Arnold Fields Community Endowment, Hampton County Council, Lowcountry Council of Governments, Brunson Building Supply, Liollio Architecture, Representative William K. Bowers and the office of SC Senator Tim Scott are only a few organizations, businesses and political support that made this a reality for Hampton County.

Since the school is now nationally recognized, this will hopefully open federal and state grant opportunities, as well as influence local private philanthropic organizations to contribute to the restoration and preservation of the Gifford Rosenwald School.

Donations to preserve and restore the Gifford Rosenwald School can be sent to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, 4 Northridge Drive, Suite A, P.O. Box 23019, Hilton Head, SC, 29925 or online at https// Select the Arnold Fields Community Endowment Fund and the Gifford Rosenwald School Project Fund or call CFL at (843)681-9100.

Source: Hampton County Guardian (10.19.2017)

Richland Library St. Andrews Grand Opening

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Liollio’s Angie Brose, Mary Tran, Greg Broadwater and Jennifer Charzewski recently enjoyed the Grand Opening festivities for the Richland Library St. Andrews branch in Columbia SC.

St. Andrews Library serves a vibrant community, with diverse interests ranging from gardening to guitar club to poetry slams and a focus on technology and career advancement.

The existing 13,000 SF library was fully renovated, and a 2,000 SF addition provides an expansive community meeting room connected to the garden, a maker space, increased computer access, collaboration studios and a new Career Coaching Center. Take a 360 virtual tour at!

The garden space wrapping the exterior of the library is a beacon within the Broad River Road Corridor and contains community planting beds, activity and event spaces, and a public art installation entitled The Band Shell (Artist: Jarod Charzewski, which allows the public to upload and play their own music or spoken word performances and acts as a stage for the library site.

St. Andrews Branch is one of ten projects comprising the $59M bond referendum passed by Richland County residents. Liollio has also had the honor of working on Ballentine and Blythewood, which opened this summer, and Wheatley Branch, which is currently under construction. The Liollio team includes Providence Associates library consulting, Margaret Sullivan Studio furniture consulting, Cox & Dinkins civil engineering, Stantec landscape architecture, Chao structural engineering, and RMF Engineering for mechanical, electrical and fire protection.  Construction Dynamics, Inc. served as the General Contractor for St. Andrews Library.

See more about all the Richland Library projects at

Children's STEAM: Young Architects

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We always love the opportunity to introduce kids to the world of architecture and design.
— Jennifer Charzewski, Principal

Liollio’s Jennifer Charzewski, Liz Corr and Mary Tran participated in the Full STEAM Ahead Program: Young Architects at the Charleston Main Library on November 14, 2017.

November is Native American Indian Heritage Month and Liollio’s program aimed to teach the young architects about architecture through vernacular housing types and the ways people built shelters with the materials from their environment. Different vernacular housing types were shown, and they discussed how groups of people respond to different climates. such as, keeping wind out and warm air inside in cold climates, using the sun for passive heating, and being naturally ventilated with breezes in hot humid climates.

The young architects then sketched a vernacular housing type for a location of their choosing and constructed a model of it. Materials such as sticks, clay and fabric were used to make Igloos, Tipis, earth huts, and many other innovative and imaginative structures.

Renovated, hi-tech Richland County library reopens

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Richland County library is offering a new way to learn after it re-opened Wednesday morning. The St. Andrews locations is one of the latest to be complete as part of the $59 million bond referendum that passed in the county 2013. The renovations to the St. Andrews location cost just over $4.5 million paid for by that bond. Renovation started last October. The building has several features including multiple computer areas, a children’s play area and a maker space.

"There's really just going to be this great access," Emily Stoll, media relations coordinator, said. "We're trying to break down barriers. Whether it's transportation barriers, whether it's access to information, whether it's access to internet and connectivity, we want to bring that mixture that's available to the folks of this county and again we want to make sure that we provide the best programs and resources for this area. I think that folks are realizing that we're not just a building that has access to information, we are a building that is incorporating learning as a key source with free resources, services and programs," Stoll said.

The hours of operation for the St. Andrews location are: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The St. Andrews location is just one of the latest branches to get a facelift. Nine other library branches have been renovated, reconfigured, or will be a new build altogether.

Click here or on image above to watch WISTV news coverage.