From a young age, Beth has been drawn to buildings with a sense of history, leading her to earn bachelor’s degrees in both Historic Preservation and Art History at the College of Charleston. Spending time in Charleston, and then a summer in Paris, confirmed her love for the craftsmanship and beauty of both historic architecture and a well planned city.
Beth is particularly interested in adaptive reuse projects, which she believes are critical to counteract the throwaway construction that has become the norm. When she graduated from the College of Charleston she created Meanwhile Downtown, a building-focused community project in Florence, SC. Based on the pop-up concept, the project allowed entrepreneurs the chance to occupy empty storefronts rent-free to try out a fledgling business model. The project’s success garnered national attention, leading Beth to present the project at the National Main Street Conference in April of 2012.
Beth then returned to school to earn her masters in Interior Design from Savannah College of Art and Design. There, she continued to explore design concepts with consideration of preservation-related principles. Whether drawing upon collective cultural memory for a boutique hotel project, or understanding a client’s emotional connection to space in a residential context, Beth believes that a well-designed space is an opportunity to enrich the lives of it’s occupants.
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