Buildings have always been the art that inspires Lauren the most. Having recently completed her undergrad from Clemson University with a B.A. in Architecture, Lauren is eager to gain experience in her craft and works towards licensure. Upon joining the firm after graduating, Lauren is working in the Community Studio where she will be exposed to a variety of project types and get hands on experience with projects that make a difference in our communities.
For Lauren, architecture represents the intersection of logic and creativity. It’s her form of art that allows her to contribute to places and spaces that impact people’s lives and make a true mark on the world. She aims to design with the end user in mind, picturing the way that someone will use and benefit from a space and enjoy their time there. This “people first” approach provides a whole new dimension to design work and is a share core value with the mission of the firm.
In her free time, Lauren likes to read, try new restaurants, and go to concerts. The DP3 Architects team looks forward to her creative contribution and skill set that she will bring to the team.
“The most rewarding aspect of design for me is getting to design spaces for people. Getting to picture the way that someone will use and benefit from a space and enjoy their time there provides a whole new dimension to the design work.”
Originally from Greenville, SC, Erin graduated from the College of Charleston in 2015 with a BA in Communication. Working at DP3 Architects is a great fit for Erin because she loves working with the creative and motivated team. Having the opportunity to meet the many people that walk through the firm’s doors is the icing on the cake.
While not an architect or interior designer, Erin grew up in a family of artists and enjoys working on creative projects in her spare time. She finds it extremely rewarding to make something for others that they can use in their daily lives, in particular when she has a specific person mind, and can tailor the masterpiece for their unique personality and taste.
Also in her spare time, she enjoy cooking for friends and family, taking advantage of Greenville’s local restaurants and weekly events, thrift shopping, and the occasional lazy day at home, reading and hanging out with her two cats, Nox and Fitz.
“I can relate to the mix of practicality and creativity that is found in this field. The team at DP3 Architects is talented and they take pride in their work. I want to do my best to embody those same qualities when engaging with clients and the community.”
Born in Scotland, but raised in Nova Scotia, Canada, Janet grew up traveling the world. Seeing architecture in a variety of different contexts lead to a passion and appreciation for beautiful and unique spaces. Janet’s favorite part of design is its distinct ability to influence. Design impacts the way people move, think, feel, and use a space. Whether we’re aware of it or not, everyone is emotionally impacted by their environments and Janet’s goal is to help brands create spaces that positively influence people.
Janet moved to Greenville, SC to attend Bob Jones University, where she received her BFA in Interior Design in 2015. She joined DP3 in 2021 and is currently using her skills on the interiors studio team. Finding estate sale treasures or hiking with her husband Bryce is where you’ll find Janet outside of the office.
“To me, Interior Design is so much more than just creating an attractive space - It is the art of making functional and quality interior environments that set a mood and impact the actions of the occupants of the space.”
John graduated from Clemson University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in design and is now an Associate with the firm. He joined DP3 in 1997, and plays a critical role in historical renovations.
The Westminster Train Depot remains a favorite of John’s. With the building having extensive fire damage, John’s team used period-specific elements to restore the 100-year-old building near to its original design. The space is now a vibrant part of the community, housing the local Chamber of Commerce.
John is an avid cyclist and rides whenever he has the chance. He has plenty of long rides under his belt, but none are more fulfilling than a ride he took from San Francisco to Washington D.C. to raise money for Push America, a charity dedicated to helping the disabled.
“In historical preservation projects, I aim for the outcome to be closer to the original than it already is.”
Dale works part time for our interiors studio managing the materials library. Originally from Weaverville, NC, Dale has lived in Greenville since 2000. She studied office management at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. Most important in Dale’s life are her husband and teenage daughter. They enjoy bike riding, gardening, and hiking. Dale is also on the board of InDwellings, providing homes for adults with developmental disabilities.
“I have learned a lot about design, but I love that around every corner there is something new and exciting to discover.”
Pat handles all of the accounting and human resources aspects at DP3. She earned her undergraduate degree in Administrative Management from Clemson University and her Masters of Business Administration from USC. Pat first knew DP3 as one of her clients, working with them at her previous job in banking. She continues to be impressed by all of the remarkable work that comes out of the office, and by the team’s ability to give clients more than they expected out of their projects.
Going on two decades with the company, Pat has seen DP3 grow exponentially. Since out-growing their establishment in 2003, she has watched the team double in size and pull in a more diverse client base.
Originally from Cartersville, GA, Sarah graduated from Lee University in 2015 with a BA in Public Relations and Advertising. Before joining DP3 Architects she worked in agency settings helping businesses to understand their brand and positioning them to connect with their audiences.
While architecture is a new industry for Sarah, she has always appreciated the art and comes from a family of builders. At DP3 Architects, Sarah will work closely with our firm’s leadership to grow our brand’s recognition and reach.
She landed in the upstate with her husband and baby boy in 2021 and enjoys all of the outdoor opportunities the area offers. You can find her refinishing old furniture or working on crafting the perfect latte outside of work.
“I believe in the power of architecture to make the world a better place. Quality placemaking is an art and one that our talented team does so well. My hope is to help DP3 Architects in connecting and supporting more clients and communities.”
Tradd Horne graduated from Clemson University in 2017 with a degree in Architecture and Design. Growing up, Tradd originally had his eyes set on the engineering field and it was through his course work where he discovered a new passion for design and decided to change course.
The most rewarding aspect of design for Tradd is incorporating aspects of green technology and design into a project. Tradd firmly believes that the built environment should be reflective and supportive of the existing environment, and he jumps on any chance to add flourishes of native flora to bring life to a project. His goal is to create spaces and design with plants that are adaptable with every changing season.
Tradd was drawn to DP3 Architects for the work culture and the diversity of project types. In his spare time, Tradd can be found growing his personal plant collection and experimenting with different cultivation methods. We’re excited to watch him “grow” with the firm.
“I love seeing how I can bring in aspects of green technology and design into a project to make sure the environment is always incorporated.”
Anna received her Master of Architecture in 2001 from Clemson University and joined DP3 shortly thereafter. She is now an Associate at the firm and is a member of the interiors studio working on interior design of office, community, higher education, and hospitality projects.
Outside of work, Anna spends time with her husband and three children who keep them busy with school work, sports, and extracurricular activities.
“It's watching what you put on paper come to life.”
Stefan graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Design in 2019, along with a Master of Architecture from Clemson University in 2021. His passion for architecture is rooted in people, cultures, and the understanding that we all have unique qualities and preferences. His favorite part about working in architecture is seeing designs come to fruition and serving the people who live, work, and play in the spaces he creates.
Along with a long list of technical skills, Stefan speaks both fluent English and Dutch. He’s had the privilege of traveling to over 20 countries and his travels have helped him shape his understanding of designing with people in mind. Our focus on people and the culture for innovation is what originally attracted Stefan to DP3 Architects. Outside of work Stefan enjoys exploring local hiking spots and breweries with his partner, Liz, and dog, Rex.
“In our field, we have a responsibility to truly try to understand our clients; what they need, what they believe, and how they live their lives. My travels have allowed me to adopt the notion of empathy through design.”
Born in Denver, CO and raised in Atlanta, GA; Bennett and his wife, Cassie were looking to move to a location the welcomed progress and design, and had an urban buzz with room to grow. Greenville, SC fit the bill and also does well in supporting his hobbies which include live music, camping, hiking, reading, and woodworking. Wanting to work for a firm that seeks to push the envelope of design and help the community evolve, Bennett landed at DP3 Architects.
Bennett considers the architectural designer as akin to the symphonic conductor, through which a singular cohesive expression is conjured into reality using only a kit-of-parts and an instruction manual. In the case of the conductor, the kit-of-parts is the ensemble of instruments and their players, and the manual is the musical score. It is up to the maestro to interpret the score and realize where the strengths of the orchestra lie and then swirl them all together accordingly into a performance. For an architectural designer, there are only sites, building materials, and training with which to work. Like the conductor, we must interpret the expressions of the client and the demands of the site and create an artifact that performs as a unified whole for its users. The best designers get out of the way of the performance; they conduct the given forces into reality while leaving no trace of themselves. Bennett knows he’s on the right track when a project begins to feel like it is designing itself and the ego starts to disappear.
Bennett’s creativity and passion for his career fit well in the interiors studio at DP3 Architects where he will be integral in executing corporate interiors, community, higher education, and hospitality projects for the firm.
“Architecture is a high-stakes endeavor, but one that requires careful consideration and contemplation over an extended period of time, unlike surgery or acrobatics. ”
As a kid, taking walks with his mom through beautiful neighborhoods throughout Anderson, SC birthed a love for architecture in Cristian from a young age. Paired with an affinity for math, an architecture track was a no- brainer. He graduated from Clemson University in 2021 with a B.A. in Architecture and a Business Administration minor. Upon graduating, he immediately joined the DP3 Architects team and will be working in the hospitality studio.
The diversity and character of the team members at the firm are what gravitated Cristian towards DP3 Architects. He’s looking forward to taking on challenges and finding opportunities to grow in his craft. In his spare time, Cristian stays active in his church and CrossFit gym at Electric City Fitness Co.
“The most rewarding aspect of design is the ability to design with empathy. This means putting yourself in someone else’s position and perspective, and then working to understand and meet their needs. Architecture, like life, if done well is beautiful and unique, needing some direction and maintenance here and there.”
A New Jersey native, Carlo grew up with a natural knack for creating that manifested itself in his Lego skills and crafted masterpieces made from miscellaneous treasures found in the garage. His interests in art and design made architecture an easy choice when thinking about a future career path. Carlo graduated from Clemson University with a B.A. in Architecture and a minor in Music. Two weeks after graduating, he joined the DP3 Architects team and is working in the Hospitality Studio.
The most rewarding aspect of design for Carlo is the intersection of leadership, team dynamics, and creative ability that impacts every aspect of life for the better. His interests have bled over to a variety of other creative endeavors including playing the piano, sailing, and mountain biking. DP3 Architects looks forward to his contribution to the team and to developing both his design and leadership skills.
“Design is the intersection of leadership, team dynamics, and creative ability which can impact every aspect of life for the better.”
Jokingly, Paige says that what she looks forward to most in her career is being the gray-haired architect in the back of the office that has all the answers. Pursing that goal, Paige is on her second stint with DP3 after graduating from Clemson University with a Bachelor of Science in Design and a Master of Architecture. Paige will be utilizing her expertise in DP3’s hospitality studio.
Paige has always been fascinated by the creativity, skill, and energy that goes into both the design and construction of a building. So it is not surprising that in her spare time she enjoys taking her children to explore the great beauty and history of the world we live in.
“We don’t all get the opportunity to design buildings for the cover of magazines, but when you listen to a client talk about how a new building improved their daily environment, it is worth all the work.”
While JJ was growing up, she often overheard her mother murmuring phrases such as, “Don’t make a hallway this small,” “These stairs are too steep,” and “Someone obviously didn’t consider the traffic flow here.” Claiming our parents don’t have a great influence on us won’t work for JJ, since those murmurings translated into a desire to be an architect (secretly hoping that people similar to her mother would stop complaining, as a result of her efforts).
Clemson University attracted this Roanoke, Virginia native to the Greenville area, earning a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the school. Outside of work, JJ spends quality time with her Gran; and relaxes with the art of gardening, and the comfort of a good book.
“The most rewarding aspect of design is collaboration.”
From an early age, Kunal was inspired by the idea of place making; how buildings define a place, how people use a space, and how each is unique and adaptable. His gateway to defining the environment around him was a career in architecture.
A graduate from Clemson University with a Master of Architecture and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Kunal brings ambition, fresh ideas, and an open mind to the firm.
Originally from Ontario, Canada, Kunal made his way to the States, eventually landing in the Upstate. The plush greens and battery-driven carts of a nearby golf course are where you will find Kunal in his spare time.
“In considering a position with DP3, I felt that I had the best opportunity to learn and grow from the great mentors in our studio and firm.”
Mike has been designing community-focused projects for almost 35 years and currently serves as Principal and Community Studio Leader for DP3 Architects.
Originally from Naples, FL, he moved to South Carolina to attend Clemson University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Design in 1987 and his Master of Architecture in 1991 (Architecture + Health Concentration) and joined the firm in 2002. He is also a LEED Accredited Professional.
While at DP3, he has led significant award-winning projects including fire stations, police stations, city halls, recreation centers, and parks. In all his projects, Mike aims to build on the client’s vision to create spaces which capitalize on a local community’s assets, inspiration, and potential, creating spaces which ultimately promote people’s health, happiness, and economic well-being. This impact can be seen through some of his work such as the CC Woodson Community Center, Pleasant Ridge Camp and Retreat Center, and The Phoenix Center – Serenity Village.
Mike spends his time away from the office with his wife, traveling and attending music and sporting events.
“We enjoy bringing our clients visions to life; giving them something beyond what they thought was possible.”
Originally from Nova Scotia, Canada, Kait made her way to Greenville to study at Greenville Technical College and to be closer to family. While at Greenville Technical College, Kait earned her Associates Degree in Architectural Engineering Technology. She had always been interested in design, but it wasn’t until she was studying to be an electrician that architecture sparked her interest. It was drawing floor plans to lay out lighting and power circuits where she found a passion for building design.
Upon graduating, Kait joined the DP3 Architects team where she will be working on the production side of things in the hospitality studio. She was drawn to the firm because of the variety of project types and welcoming atmosphere. The most rewarding aspect of design for Kait is telling the story of a space and the people who occupy it through design. In her spare time, Kait can be found pursing her creative outlets in writing or painting while hanging out with her dogs.
“To me, art is about evoking emotions and storytelling. The design of a building does that too. It sets the mood of the space, but it also tells a story about the building’s purpose and about the people who occupy it.”
For Ashley, architecture runs in the family. She can remember back to as young as five years old, going to her grandfather’s office and watching in awe as he would hand-draw his designs. So when it came time for Ashley to choose her own career, she knew that she wanted to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps.
Ashley went on to receive her undergraduate degree from Clemson in 1997 and her graduate degree from the University of Colorado in 2005. She joined DP3 in 2013, and her ability to take the old and make it new serve her well as a member of the restaurant studio.
Outside of DP3, she stays busy at home with her two children. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, you’ll find her out on her bike enjoying the fresh air and local landmarks.
“It's special to live up to my grandfather's legacy.”
Tiffany originally had her eye on a medical field but was inspired to pursue interior design after realizing she could use her passion for helping others combined with her desire to explore her creative side. Tiffany is thrilled to be putting her BFA in Interior Design from Bob Jones University to work in DP3 Architects’ interiors studio.
Born in Charleston, SC, Tiffany landed in Greenville to pursue her education and, in the process, fell in love with the city and the opportunity that presented itself at DP3 Architects. Outside of the office, you can typically find her at her potting wheel, or spending time with her husband and two dogs.
“Interior design is much more than picking colors and arranging furniture, it is creating a space that is functional and beautiful all while pushing for change and improving others’ daily lives.”
Growing up in Colombia, Jaimie always was inclined towards the arts, specifically architecture and design. Whether it was building models or making lego masterpieces, she always sought to understand how things came together. This passion for design and its impact on the world lead Jaimie to The States where she worked diligently to teach herself English and put herself through school. Jaimie graduated from the New Jersey Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design.
Along with a long list of technical skills, Jaimie is also a force in the kitchen. She attended culinary school to explore this passion and master yet another form of artistic expression. She was drawn to DP3 because of the shared values when it comes to valuing people in all that we do and the diverse culture. We couldn’t be more excited to have her on our Hospitality Studio team and we look forward to her creative insight and interior expertise. Outside of the office, you can find Jaimie trying out new recipes at home or exploring nature on her bike.
“Design has the power to truly influence our lives. I find that extremely fascinating and that is why I decided to dedicate my artistic and creative talents to architecture.”
Jared brings design experience in both Charlotte and Kansas City to DP3 Architects in Greenville, SC. With a Master of Architecture from Kansas State University, Jared loves being able to anticipate clients’ desires for a project—to personalize certain aspects to make their space fit just right for them.
In his spare time, Jared enjoys refining his craftsmanship with a variety of woodworking projects, playing basketball and golf, and spending time with friends and family including his wife, Claire, and son, Jackson.
“Architecture is an all-encompassing profession that demands constant learning to stay current; I try to learn something new every day to do just that.”
Originally from Bennet, NC, Bryce Saunders made his way to Anderson University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design in 2021. It was during his college career that he fell in love with the Greenville area and decided to make it home. What started as an obsession with Legos as a child, grew to become a passion for architecture and design. Bryce was drawn to DP3 Architects for their core principles of people, place, and purpose.He saw firsthand with the student center at his alma mater, the purposefulness and attention to detail the firm emphasized within their design.
Here at DP3 Architects, Bryce has the opportunity to work with a variety of studios and learn more about the world of interior design. When he’s not at work you can find Bryce checking out new restaurants around town, kayaking on the lake, or hosting game nights for his friends.
“Having the ability to be creative, create new spaces, and help others is what drove me to pursue a career within the design field.”
Jesse Smith graduated from Clemson University in 2018 with a degree in Architecture. Growing up, Jesse always loved beautiful design and a challenge. Architecture was always the obvious choice for his career path. Jesse’s desire is to design “moments” in the work that he does. He believes there is more to a building than just a designated space and even in commercial architecture you can create experiences for people to connect.
Jesse was drawn to DP3 Architects because of the culture and the emphasis on the people who live, work, and play in the buildings we design. In his spare time, you can find him working on his grandparents’ home that he recently inherited. He loves hanging out with family and friends over a beer or a Dungeons and Dragons game.
DP3 Architects is thrilled to have him on the team and we look forward to his contribution to the hospitality studio.
“What matters most is designing with real people in mind and striving to create beautiful moments in architecture for them to enjoy and create memories in.”
Meg Terry was born and raised in Sanford, NC. From there she graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2001 with a Bachelor of Architecture. Once she signed on with DP3 Architects, she never looked back. After almost two decades within these company walls, she serves as Principal and VP of Business Development for DP3 Architects. As VP of Business Development, Meg is focused on developing strategic partnerships related to community, higher education, interiors, multi-unit and restaurant projects. Prior to leading the business development effort, Meg was the interiors and higher education studio leader, building an extensive portfolio of projects in the Upstate.
Active in the Greenville community, Meg is a member of the Junior League of Greenville, Rotary Club of Greenville, Greenville Chamber Board of Advisors, and a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class 42. Additionally, she is the president of American Institute of Architecture (AIA) South Carolina and serves on the City of Greenville Planning Commission. Outside of work and service, Meg enjoys hiking and gardening. The rest of her time revolves around her home-life, filled with the energy of a daughter, husband, and canine companions.
“ I am thankful for the people that I work with every day, from my team members to clients and consultants. They push me continuously to become a better architect and create better places for our community.”
Trading winter hats boots, and fleece lined pants to don the color orange (that’s Clemson orange, not jump-suit orange) Brian left family and friends behind in New Hampshire in pursuit of a degree in architecture. After more than 30 years neither he nor the profession have abandoned each other, and he has worked his way up to become a principal at DP3 Architects. The people he works with on a daily basis, both team members and clients, keep him energized to come to work each day.
Brian is more than just the crazy guy next door who feeds the neighborhood squirrels. When not ensuring that the core beliefs of the company, response and service, are being practiced you can find this professed New Englander traveling the country in search of his next mosh pit, sampling craft beer, or annoying his neighbors as he struggles to master his growing collection of bass guitars.
“The key to building a great organization is to like the people you work with.”
Growing up in a family of builders, Ben always knew that he wanted to be an Architect. He found a natural appreciation for building structure and design from a young age and attributes that to great admiration and influence of his grandfather. Following his childhood dreams, Ben achieved degrees from Universidad de las Americas, Puebla in Mexico and Clemson University, after which immediately started his career with DP3 Architects.
20 years later, Ben is Principal and VP of Design at DP3, touching most all projects that involve design integration. He finds satisfaction in creating new structures with people in mind, working closely with his team to offer professional insight and guidance throughout the design process.
Ben is a big proponent of diversity in the architectural profession and is involved in committees that focus their efforts on creating a climate of equity and inclusion.
Outside of design, Ben spends his time following his sons collegiate careers, his oldest as he follows his father’s steps and develops into a promising architect, and his youngest as he grows as a student athlete in a demanding D1 soccer program.
“No matter what project I’m working on, even if it’s a repeat design, I not only want to do my best, I want to out-do myself every time.”
Rhonda has been with DP3 Architects since 1993, shortly after receiving her bachelor’s degree from Clemson University in 1991. She was drawn to architecture through a love of building things, which she attributes to time with her dad doing projects as she was growing up.
Rhonda enjoys being a part of the community studio at DP3 Architects and has a passion for well-connected spaces and architectural forms that engage and fascinate people as they experience life in their community.
Outside of work her favorite activities include time spent with family, singing, and being outdoors.
“Design is like solving a puzzle, putting all the pieces together.”
Kevin always had a natural fascination for design. This passion took him to Clemson, where he graduated with a Master of Architecture in 2001. Shortly thereafter, he started at DP3 and is currently an Associate with the firm.
Kevin still considers DiGiorgio Campus Center at Winthrop University as one of his favorite projects. His canopy design was a crucial element as it created a focal point over the frequently-enjoyed Community Concourse. Experiences like this in the higher ed studio are now serving him well as a restaurant studio leader designing new prototypes for some of the country’s most popular dining spots.
At home, he is busy keeping up with the demanding sports schedules of two boys, often coaching flag football and soccer. When he can, he pencils in some time for a round of golf.
“This is one of the few careers that you help build other people’s dreams.”
A combined interest in technology, creativity, and all the best toys geared toward building things, led Mike to a career in architecture. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, Mike enjoys having the opportunity to design structures that could have a positive impact on people’s lives, while at the same time fulfilling his major interests. After many years of honing his craft in commercial and residential architecture, Mike joined DP3 Architects, drawn to the sincere and consistent culture of leadership that the firm displayed.
Originally from the north—Peoria, Illinois to be exact—Mike was pulled south for work and fell in love with the features of the area. He enjoys spending time with his family in addition to woodworking, fishing, and hiking.
“Some of my favorite toys as a child were Erector Sets, Legos, and Lincoln Logs. A career in architecture was inevitable.”