Charleston Architect Serves On AIA/Tennessee Awards Jury

Whitney Powers, AIA
Whitney Powers, AIA

August 24, 2009 (MEMPHIS, TN) — South Carolina architect Whitney Powers, AIA, principal and president of the award-winning firm Studio A, Inc., in Charleston, was among the jurors who recently selected nine award winners out of 97 entries during the American Institute of Architects/Tennessee’s 2009 Design Awards program.

A LEED-certified practitioner, Powers brought her expertise in sustainable architecture to bear on the jury proceedings, as well as her experience in adaptive reuse of existing buildings and restoration/preservation of historic structures.

AIA/Tennessee includes over 1000 members from small to large architectural firms and working within university, government and industry settings. The annual design awards program recognizes Tennessee architects’ design contributions and promotes awareness of the value of architecture in the state.

Projects submitted represented new construction, renovation/restoration, and architectural interior design.

All of the judges for the 2009 program are based in Charleston, SC. Joining Powers on the jury were Ray Huff, Thompson Penney, FAIA, and Brian T. Hurst. The judging took place in Charleston.

For more information on the AIA/Tennessee award winners, go to www.aia/

For more information on Whitney Powers, visit

About Studio A, Inc.

Founded by Whitney Powers, AIA, Studio A, Inc., is an award-winning, full-service architecture firm located in historic downtown Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in sustainable, “green” architecture and historic preservation/adaptive re-use. From cutting-edge, contemporary architecture to the preservation and restoration of historic homes and sites, Studio A is committed to an interactive relationship between the natural and built environments. The firm includes Heritage Strategy Group, a planning initiative headed by Edwin Gardner that develops recreational areas and scenic byways so that local businesses prosper while the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the effected area are preserved and enhanced.

Charleston’s Studio A Launches New User-Friendly Website

May 27, 2009 (CHARLESTON, SC)  – Architect Whitney Powers, AIA, principal of Studio A, Inc., in Charleston, South Carolina, recently underscored her commitment to innovative design by launching a new and improved website and news blog at Created by Buff Ross of Alloneword Design in Charleston, Studio A’s revamped site is intended to be more inviting, informative and user-friendly than its previous site and to increase search engine optimization.

Studio A is an award-winning, full-service architecture firm located in downtown Charleston, specializing in contemporary “green” architecture and the preservation or adaptive re-use of historic structures. On the website’s simple, clean home page visitors immediately have access to all of the firm’s areas of expertise via a series of unfolding photographic “hints” that, with a simple click, take the visitor to one of five architectural categories: Residential, Institutional/Commercial, Renovation, Sustainability, and Multi-Family & Affordable Housing. Each category brings up professional photography and descriptions of projects’ program requirements, design solutions, and site considerations.

Another click at the home page “hints” takes visitors to the Firm Profile, which features Studio A’s design philosophy, select sources of inspiration, and credentials (professional certification, honors and awards, etc.).

The Firm Profile also includes a new link to Heritage Strategy Group, a planning initiative headed by Edwin Gardner that recently became a subsidiary of Studio A. HSG’s planning initiatives focus on recreational areas, scenic byways and other public natural or historical resources that allow local businesses and other stakeholders to enjoy growth and prosperity while the natural, historical and cultural heritage of the effected areas are preserved and enhanced.

Other options that kick off from the site’s home page take visitors to Contact information and to the News section. The News section includes media coverage Studio A receives and access to Studio A’s new blog where news from the firm is posted. The News section also provides access to television and video segments featuring the firm’s work.

To see Studio A’s new website, visit

Charleston Architect Named “Green Goddess”

August 20, 2008 (CHARLESTON, SC) – Whitney Powers, AIA, president and principal of Studio A Architecture in Charleston, SC, is featured this month in Skirt! Magazine as a “green goddess.”

“Whitney Powers…has pushed the green edge of sustainable design for over a decade, creating award-winning buildings in and around Charleston that treat lightly on the landscape,” according to Skirt!.

Calling Powers’ work “fresh, urbane and beautiful” the articles describes her green designs as “capitalizing on natural breezes and daylight to conserve energy, using locally sourced or recycled materials as much as possible.”

Of her work, Powers told Skirt!, “Sustainability is about acknowledging the rituals of living and honoring place. If you can capture the poetics of a building and its place, you’re on your way to being green.”

Whitney Powers’ work in sustainable design has received numerous design awards and has been featured in local, regional and national design magazines and journals. One of her “green” houses on South Carolina’s Dewees Island, will be showcased on HGTV’s new “Extreme Living” show on Thursday, August 21, at 9:30 p.m.

To see more of this “green goddess’ ” work, visit