contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

Name *

147 Wappoo Creek Drive, Suite 400
Charleston SC 29412



Jennifer Charzewski AIA, LEED AP, Principal + Community Market Leader

Jennifer Charzewski AIA, LEED AP, Principal + Community Market Leader

"My joy in architecture comes from telling a story. Architecture is about people, about creating & defining the spaces in which we live. Libraries are also about people, transforming lives by making connections – among people, with information, with new experiences and with the creation and sharing of ideas. We find inspiration in those connections, in a group of people, in a program, a site or a story to tell, which gives architecture meaning. It is a rich and rewarding experience to engage in this transformation. We are honored to be a part of the communities in which we work and live."

Angie Brose AIA, LEED AP, Associate

Angie Brose AIA, LEED AP, Associate

“Collaboration with clients to create good design is what inspires me most and fuels my passion for this profession. I love working with communities to create spaces that are specifically designed for their needs, vernacular and cultural identity. It’s most important to me that clients and end users of a space feel ownership and passion for the space we have created. This is when I feel a project is most successful. Libraries today are centers of knowledge, creativity, culture, activity, identification, creative and intellectual growth, and community. Modern library design should be flexible with inspiring spaces that encompass all of that and enhance the community they serve."


Exploring the concept of Library as Studio with Richland Library, the new Ballentine branch implements innovative programming concepts. Community meetings and focus groups revealed a strong identity of art, craft, and connection to nature. A sloped, wooded site and the desire to create a refuge that is interconnected with the outdoors led to the concept of a treehouse library that incorporates outdoor program space and extremely flexible indoor domains. The space program was developed through mapping activities for program components within the areas of Education & Growth, Teen Engagement, and Arts & Literature. An outdoor deck, reading great room, community living room, puppet theatre, built-in activity wall with reading nooks, small and medium gathering spaces, a maker space, and an art studio are key features. A completely flexible approach to defining space with furnishings makes the library eminently adaptable throughout the day.


This branch library serves a community with a long rural history and a strong vision for future development.  The renovation and addition to this existing branch is a pioneering civic project for both the town and the Library as Studio. The identity of the library is rooted in a back porch feeling, and has a primary focus on children’s services. Outdoor program spaces seek to connect to the larger community through park settings and neighboring ball fields, and the interior program has a market square concept to provide maximum flexibility for multi-faceted programming within a small footprint. A sensitive addition expands the program area to allow the addition of a community gathering space and a maker space, as well as expanded computer access.


Richland Library St. Andrews is one of the larger locations in the Richland Library system, and serves a diverse community with a high level of creative energy, including a very active guitar club. With a focus on teen engagement and career advancement, the renovation and expansion of this urban site seeks to soften the hard edges and weave outdoor program space into the library experience. A theme of imagination and innovation drives the exploration of program components. Collaborative gathering spaces are added to the footprint, including an entry plaza and reading garden. Technology access is woven through the domains and activity-based programming is supported by flexible multi-faceted spaces and furnishings.


Richland Library Wheatley is located in the historic Shandon Neighborhood in Columbia and serves a socially and economically diverse community. The community sees the library as their neighborhood library where people know your name. The renovation of the interior emphasizes and takes inspiration from the neighborhood coffee shop or bookstore concept, where you would go to hang out, read or talk to your neighbors. The renovation of the exterior will address maintenance improvements, such as, re-roofing and new storefront glazing.


Modern, yet warm, the architecture reflects the unique attributes of Gullah-Geechee Sea Island culture & the vibrancy of the library as a 21st Century gathering place. Prior to design, community workshops were held to gain insight into the context of the Gullah Geechee culture. The building was designed to utilize very simple forms & construction methods to provide the iconic features that symbolize the shared values of the library & St. Helena community. The Gullah Geechee context is revealed in several aspects of the architecture, including the woven nautilus of the special collections area located at the heart of the library, suggesting the forms of marine life & traditional net making; raised wood “stomping” floor in the community meeting room that provides the percussion for sea island spirituals & the “tree” columns reflective of historic images of learning at Penn Center under the massive live oak trees. This project was funded through CDBG & USDARD grants & loans.


Early in the design process, meetings were held with the community to identify the spirit of Hampton County and critical needs for their library. The result will include the renovation of the existing 2,600 GSF facility and a 5,000 GSF addition that will introduce flexible spaces for gathering, vital access to technology, and creative tools for making and learning. The design also includes murals by local illustrator, a gallery space to celebrate community treasures and a large multi-purpose space for the expansion of library programs, lectures and community meetings. These renovations and addition will allow the library to become a central hub of activity in Hampton.


The project intent was to redefine the half-century old Daniel Library for the 21st century. This multi-phased renovation addressed issues including ADA accessibility and mechanical and electrical upgrades. Programming changes were made, such as removing the circulation area from the main entry line allowing consolidation of staff offices and relocating the redesigned reference area to encourage a more casual atmosphere. A wooden circular stairwell was added at the point of entry to provide a sense of grandeur to the library and physically tie the first and second floors together. These renovations serve to connect the architecture to the proud nature of the building which serves cadets, evening students and graduate students.


Originally built as the Ravenel Train Depot in 1900,the building served as a school-house for many decades. In the late 1980s, the abandoned school was boarded up and stood that way for 15 years. Liollio was selected to provide architectural design and preservation services for the abandoned building’s transformation to a County Library branch. Upon our initial investigation, rotting roof joists and plywood flooring were discovered. The interior was completely gutted. Inadequate floor structure was removed as well as the crawl space vents to pour a new concrete slab. Along with this complete interior renovation, a complete exterior preservation included cleaning and re-pointing of the brick, new windows fabricated to replicate originals and installation of a new roof. The library now houses the Sheldon District Library in the Beaufort County Library System.


Batesburg-Leesville Municipal Renovations Study
Bennett's Point Field Station
Charles Towne Landing Founders Hall
Charleston Towne Landing Visitors Center
Charles Towne Landing Support Facility
Charleston Housing Authority - Enston Homes Renovations
City of Beaufort Fire Station Headquarters
City of Beaufort Municipal Center - City Hall
City of Beaufort Municipal Center - Police/Court Building
City of Charleston Fire Station #9 Study
City of Charleston Maritime Center Fire Protection & Handrail
City of Charleston Solar PV Study
City of Charleston West Ashley Senior Center
City of Columbia Finlay Park Master Plan
City of Hanahan City Hall Assessment
City of Hanahan Gym Renovation
City of Hanahan Senior Center
City of Hanahan Fire Station at Tanner Plantation
City of Walterboro Annex Energy Analysis
Colleton Center Renovations
Colleton Center Window Repair
Edisto Beach State Park Education Center
Edisto Satellite Government Center
Holly Hill Train Depot Renovations
James Island Town Hall
James Island Public Service District Facilities Development Plan
John's Island Community Center
Isle of Palms City Hall Renovations
Isle of Palms Front Beach Restrooms
Kiawah Island Community Association Maintenance Offices
Patriots Point IDC - Marine Science Center
Town of Kiawah ADA Renovations
Town of Kiawah Municipal Center
Town of Kiawah Town Hall Elevator/Additions
Town of Ravenel Train Depot Restoration
Town of Ravenel Train Depot Emergency Repairs
Town of Ravenel Train Depot Restroom Building
SCPRT Welcome Center at Fort Mill
SCPRT Welcome Center at Hardeeville
Summerville Town Hall Renovation
Summerville Town Hall Annex & Retail/Office Buildings
Summerville Parking Garage
St. John's Waterworks
St. Paul's Fire District Station #1 Planning
St. Paul's Fire District Station #7
St. Paul's Fire District Training Facility

Allendale County Senior Center
Avery County Transportation Facility Additions
Bamberg County Government Facilities
Beaufort County Bluffton Gym Renovation
Beaufort County DSN Adult Activity Center
Beaufort County IDC - Tennis Building
Beaufort County Lobeco Library Renovation
Beaufort County Main Library Re-Roof
Beaufort County Main Library Special Collections
Beaufort County Pool Renovations
Beaufort County Satellite Office Building
Beaufort County Service Center Re-Roof
Beaufort County St. Helena Branch Library at Penn Center
Beaufort County Warehouse Renovation
Berkeley County Senior Center
Berkeley Charleston Dorchester Council of Governments - Wiltown Community Center
Buncombe County EMS Emergency Garage
Buncombe County DSS Upfit
Buncombe County Arden Recreation Center ADA
Buncombe County Drug Interdiction Renovation
Buncombe County Owen Cane Creek Pool Study
Buncombe County Sheriff Building Elevator Study
Charleston County PRC IDC - Beachwalker and Isle of Palms
Charleston International Airport Renovation & Expansion
City of Charleston West Ashley Senior Center
City of Charleston Fire Station #11
City of Columbia Finlay Park
Colleton County Bernard Warshaw Center
Colleton County Courthouse
Colleton County Jail
Dorchester County Libraries Facilities Assessments
Dorchester County Elections Commission
Dorchester County Judicial Center
Dorchester County Humanities
Dorchester County Senior Center
Dorchester County Water & Sewer
Hampton County 911 Center
Hampton County Animal Shelter Improvements
Hampton County Detention Center Roof Repairs
Hampton County Estill Recreation Facilities
Hampton County Estill Senior Citizens Center
Hampton County Hampton/Varnville Recreation Complex
Hampton County Health Department Clinic
Hampton County Library Renovations & Addition
Hampton County Yemassee Multipurpose Building
Richland Library Ballentine
Richland Library Blythewood
Richland Library St. Andrews
Richland Library Wheatley
York County Main Street Children's Museum


© 2017 Liollio Architecture, PC