2017 AIA South Carolina firm Award Winner

Small Firm - Big Impact

Small Firm - Big Impact

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We start by listening to your desires. Working together, we create indoor and outdoor spaces that make your daily life more enjoyable.
— Michael Frederick, Design Partner

For more detailed information about building in a hot, humid climate, see these articles on our blog:

"Building in a Hurricane Prone Area"

"5 Lessons from Southern Vernacular Houses" 

"Closed Crawl Spaces"

Jane & Michael are both certified as Disaster Service Workers & are assigned essential emergency duties after a hurricane. What does an architect do during a natural disaster? Read more here.

Frederick + Frederick Architects Awarded American Institute of Architect South Carolina 2017 Firm Award

The AIA South Carolina Board of Directors awarded Frederick + Frederick Architects with the 2017 Firm Award at their annual awards banquet on April 21, 2017. The Firm Award is the highest honor that the American Institute of Architects South Carolina Chapter can bestow upon a South Carolina architectural firm. The award is given in recognition of design excellence and contribution to the profession of architecture that has made a lasting influence on the practice of architecture in South Carolina.

Kate Schwennsen, Director + Professor, Clemson School of Architecture, wrote in her nomination letter, “Frederick + Frederick is unquestionably a Small Firm with Big Impact, and a firm that many other firms look to for exemplary practice. The design excellence of their body of work has been widely recognized … But perhaps what is most uniquely important about Frederick + Frederick, the raison d’etre of their success, and the thing from which other firms could learn the most, is their innovative and supportive firm culture. They are a family-owned business that sincerely treats their employees like family. Jane and Michael moved to Beaufort to enjoy the lifestyle there … [and] so they do.”

Principal Jane Frederick said that they are humbled and thrilled to be recognized by their peers. “We would not be where we are today without all the fantastic clients who have made our work possible.” The Firm Award was first conferred in 1993 and Frederick + Frederick Architects is the tenth firm to receive the recognition in the awards 24-year history. Frederick + Frederick is honored and delighted to be the 2017 AIA South Carolina Firm Award Recipient.

In 1989, Jane and Michael moved to Beaufort for the quality of life they could have in the lowcountry. This move influenced the philosophy of the firm.

We believe that we all should be connected to the land and that we should make time to enjoy that connection. 

We believe that we should strive for design excellence in all projects, large and small.

We believe that our building should be sustainable.

We believe that we should contribute to our profession. 

We believe we should support and mentor our employees.

We believe that we should contribute to society and provide opportunities for each employee to volunteer in the community.



what we do

We specialize in residential architecture for hot, humid climates. We believe where you live should be the house of your dreams, reflecting your personal style, grace, and vision. Here is how we start: We listen to your ideas, ask questions, and get to know you and your site. Together we develop a program and concept. We ask more questions, visualize, and sketch. Together we refine the details. We draw some more. If there is an architectural review board, we do that for you.

Next come the construction documents. Lots of details – from cabinet and interior trim, to fireplace mantels, and a chimney cap; we work with you to select the fixtures and finishes. We lay out the structural, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. We document and detail everything to minimize surprises during construction. Finding the right contractor is critical for the success of your project.  We will help you select three contractors to bid your project, and negotiate the contract with your builder.

The real excitement starts when your house is under construction. We visit the site regularly, sending you field reports and photographs along the way. After all the work we have done together, we stay with your project to the end.


Where we are

Beaufort is a small town located on the barrier islands in the South Carolina Lowcountry. The town was established in 1711 and recently celebrated its tricentennial.

Beaufort is full of architectural character. Large live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss frame the grand antebellum mansions and smaller 19th & 20th Century cottages. Livability, quality of life, a direct connection to the beautiful land, trees, marshes, waterways, rich cultural & architectural heritage, art, music, and abundance of local seafood and produce combine to make Beaufort a great place to live.  Hurricanes, Heat, and Humidity are natural parts of our environment and the houses we design must have this in mind. 

Southern vernacular architecture was based on sustainable design ideas and the principles still apply today. Large porches on the south facade keep out the hot summer sun; large overhangs protect the walls and windows from rain and can block the harsh summer sun; single width rooms provide cross ventilation and natural light; high ceilings keep the rooms cooler in the summer; exterior window shutters provide protection from high winds; a raised first floor protects you from flood waters; and a dog trot form provides natural ventilation in the center passage.

“Sustainability strives to balance the needs of mankind with the environment so both can coexist into the future,” said Michael; and this is Frederick + Frederick’s primary goal while designing a home for you.

how we got here

Jane and Michael met in architecture school at Auburn. Michael chased Jane until she caught him. After they were married they lived in Washington, DC. Michael had promised Jane that at some point they would move south. They moved to Alexandria, Virginia when they bought their first house and Michael figured- promise kept!

A few years later in 1988 while on vacation at Edisto Beach, they happened to drive through Beaufort. The beauty of the lowcountry was irresistible and Michael’s first words were, I could live here. That was music to Jane’s ears and three months later they moved to Beaufort and opened Frederick + Frederick Architects.

Architecture true to it’s place and time was a founding principle of the firm and it is as important today as it was 28 years ago. Building in partnership with the land is essential to enjoying this place we call home.  Building should use the local vernacular vocabulary but respect the era in which they are built – No phoney- coloney will come out of the Frederick’s office.  If they have a style it might be described as lowcountry contemporary.