We are excited to announce that Watson Tate Savory Architects, with offices in Columbia and Charlotte, joined McMillan Pazdan Smith in a merger finalized on October 31st, 2021.We will be expanding an office in Columbia, South Carolina while adding new team members to our fast-growing Charlotte office.
The collective strength in design and project management talent will serve our clients with more than a century’s worth of planning, programming and design expertise with numerous local, state, and national design awards. Watson Tate Savory is a former AIA SC Firm Award recipient and McMillan Pazdan Smith was ENR’s Southeast Firm of the Year in 2019.
Both firms were aligned in their values and vision and have established reputations for delivering impactful, award-winning projects for public and private missioned clients—including an impressive combined design portfolio of college and university educational environments across the Southeast.
Brad Smith, a Founding Principal of McMillan Pazdan Smith said, “This was an exciting opportunity for us to bring on an experienced firm with a strong practice, shared values, great partner relationships and an impressive rigor in design.”
“This was the right time for us to join a like-minded firm to form a stronger-together, client and community-focused presence in the Carolinas, while also providing a great opportunity for our people,” said Tom Savory, Principal, Watson Tate Savory.
Chad Cousins, McMillan Pazdan Smith’s CEO, said “We are focused on strategic investments which grow the positive impact of thoughtful planning and design locally and regionally. This expanded team amplifies creative value for our clients and development initiatives dedicated to community and campus vibrancy.”
Please join us in welcoming our new Columbia and Charlotte team members! We are excited to see the beneficial results this merger will have for our clients and communities!