2017 AIA South Carolina firm Award Winner

  Small Firm - Big Impact

Small Firm - Big Impact

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.

Spring Island House

Let’s imagine you living in the beautiful Lowcountry. How will your day unfold? How will you entertain? What are holidays like at your house? We listen to your ideas, ask questions and get to know you and your site. When you move into an existing house, you make the house fit your lifestyle. With a custom home, we design the house around you, your lifestyle, and your site.



We design your house to engage all of your senses. The beauty of a well-designed stair detail. The heft of the oversized front door. The coolness of the tile on your feet. The calm experienced in a room of perfect proportions. The salty smell of the marsh drifting through the window on a spring day. A place that you will always call home - where friends and family want to visit.

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In 1988, while on vacation at Edisto Beach, Jane and Michael stumbled upon 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.  

Architecture true to its 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.  Buildings should use the local vernacular vocabulary but respect the era in which they were built…no phoney- coloney.  We create homes rooted in the Lowcountry landscape.

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Southern vernacular architecture was based on sustainable design ideas and the principles still apply today. Hurricanes, heat, and humidity are natural parts of our environment and the houses we design must have this in mind.  Large porches on the south facade keep out the hot summer sun; deep 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 plan provides natural ventilation in the center passage. “Sustainability balances the needs of mankind with the environment to make both healthy.” said Michael; and this is our primary goal while designing a home for you.

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Houses will be connected to the land and designed so our clients will make time to enjoy that connection. Our projects will use resources wisely and makes a positive impact on the environment. Projects will be designed for their time and place and create delight in our clients’ lives. Our positive work culture is a happy, productive environment and our staff gives back to the community and profession.