Red Iron Architects provides innovative and sustainable design that enlivens the way you work and live.

Red Iron Architects provides innovative and sustainable design that enlivens the way you work and live.

Red Iron Architects has three licensed architects, one intern architect and two technical/administrative personnel. Services include architecture, space planning, programming, interior design, construction administration and marketing support.


Established in 2011, Red Iron Architects began with a strong foundation in the K-12 Education sector. One of our first calls was from Bill Lewis of CCSD in the summer of 2011. He needed five facilities renovated for Early Childhood/Head Start before the new school year began. We completed the task – design and construction, consecutive projects, multiple contractors – within 45 days. Red Iron listened and he knew he could depend on us to get the job done.
Red Iron has also earned a place in other markets such as Higher Education, Commercial, Governmental, Healthcare and Residential. People trust us to meet their needs, their budgets, and their schedules and we enjoy doing just that. Our success stems from our unquenchable enthusiasm for bringing value to each and every project.


The process and product of planning, designing, and constructing your building. This is the designing of your space to occupy its necessary function.

We design and coordinate the interior elements of your facility such as color schemes, fittings, and furnishings. This is the enhancement of your space’s function.

We handle tasks such as facilitating project communication, maintaining project records, reviewing and certifying amounts due contractors, and preparing change orders.

The research and decision-making process that identifies and prioritizes the objectives of your facility. We listen to the client’s needs and help assess the facility requirements and building elements necessary for your new project.

The inspection of your building used to gather data to reduce risk, ensure business continuity, and optimize facility investments over the long-term.

Any change affecting the appearance of your existing structure by additions, reconstruction, remodeling or maintenance involving a change in color, design, form, texture or materials. Adapting your facility for continued use.

To make changes and repairs to your facility so that it is restored to a better state. To refresh; revive.

Keeping your facility from destruction and seeing to it that it is not irredeemably altered or changed. Repairs will be done with minimal or no changes to the original building fabric and in like materials.

An analysis of the ability to complete your project successfully, taking into account legal, economic, technological, scheduling and other factors. Allows the investigation of possible negative and positive outcomes of your project before investing too much time and money.

The philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of social, economic, and ecological sustainability. Environmentally conscious design.

A green building assessment and certification program which provides a more effective way to advance the overall environmental performance and sustainability of your commercial building.

A green building certification program which offers a suite of rating systems that recognize projects that implement strategies for better environmental and health performance.


Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB)

Economically Disadvantaged (EDWOSB)

SC Certified Women-Owned Business Enterprise

Certified Aging-In-Place Specialists (CAPS)


  • Emma Souder, AIA, GGP


    It seems we have Legos to thank for Emma’s career as an architect – she loved them as a kid and quite literally built a foundation of creativity upon those little plastic shapes. She sees architecture as a profession of endless opportunities, not just for helping people realize their dreams for their space/building, but also for constantly learning something new and perfecting her trade. Outside of work, Emma finds satisfaction in renovating her house and cultivating the yard and in her free time enjoys traveling and sailing.

  • Courtney Livingston, AIA, GGP

    Project Architect

    Courtney has resided in half a dozen southeastern states, but Charleston has always been home. She was born here and has returned to stay. She grew up around construction sites with her dad who suggested going to architecture school when she discovered she loved art classes but found she wasn’t suited for the bohemian lifestyle. Courtney views her job as an opportunity to solve problems – to learn a little bit about what other people do and then create a space that caters perfectly to their needs.

  • Joellen Rogers, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP

    Project Architect

    Joellen arrived in Charleston in 2005 by way of Indiana. She was born and raised on the shores of Lake Michigan and attended Ball State University where she received a degree in Architecture. Now a licensed architect, she is an enthusiast of many things, but none quite as much as her adorable French Bulldog (Minnie), the color aqua, and her Park Circle neighborhood where she lives with her husband in a home they designed and built themselves in 2014. She says the best part of any design project is witnessing its occupants thriving in the finished space.