Our Legacy

Sidney Stubbs, FAIA

Sidney Stubbs, FAIA, Bachelor of Architecture, Clemson University, 1959, Master of Architecture, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1961, Management of Design and Planning Firms, Harvard University, 1973

 

Picture the proverbial garage studio of mentor Sidney Stubbs, FAIA, newly retired from an influential architectural career and two proteges, Charles Muldrow, AIA LEEP AP BD+C and Sam Herin, AIA. This trio banded together to start a new chapter; one that was coming on the heels of Hurricane Hugo's destruction to historic Charleston and our inspiring South Carolina Lowcountry. Founded on the principles of quality architecture for its place, impeccable client service and a commitment to community, Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects was born.

Prior to this January day in 1990, Sidney, Charles, and Sam had worked together at LS3P, the first firm that Sidney co-founded originating as Lucas & Stubbs. Sidney operated on the belief that the practice of Architecture is an art, science, business, and social trust. This was evident in his many efforts to advance the value of architecture and the sense of place in our community.

In 2006 Sidney retired from Stubbs Muldrow Herin architects.

Who We Are

Thirty years later with Mr. Stubbs retired, and a simpler name, SMHa Inc. now has new principals who have been mentored with the same discipline of integrity and quality design espoused by the founders: Chris Altman, AIA; Margie Longshore, AIA; Billy Connell, AIA; and Jeff Johnston, AIA.

SMHa’s practice is centered on a variety of commercial project types for primarily local and regional clients. Our emphasis is on good planning, problem-solving, and appropriate architecture for its place.

The firm is organized around studios with direct principal involvement on all projects. SMHa provides important guidance early on by assisting you in clarifying your needs and desires, and in helping you match your vision with your budget. The Architects who begin this project with you at programming will be the same Architects who are with you when the punch list is completed.

Margie Longshore

Margie Longshore

Principal

“Working in the Lowcountry, and nearby areas provides a rich architectural and cultural context from which we draw inspiration every day, but it also requires that the buildings and projects we design contribute to the overall sense of place and feel as if they truly belong.”

Billy Connell

Billy Connell

Principal

“I think architecture should first and foremost respond to the unique qualities of the given site and strive to create a memorable sense of place.”

Chris Altman

Chris Altman

Principal

“Successful architecture is achieved when collaboration, creativity, and knowledge are fused together by the pursuit of a common goal.”

Jeff Johnston

Jeff Johnston

Principal

“Good design and smart buildings contribute to our lasting built environment. Architects have the immediate responsibility to provide spaces that exceed a client’s desires, with an embedded responsibility to our culture by providing proudly inheritable structures to future generations.”

Charles Muldrow, AIA, LEED AP BC+D

CHARLES MULDROW

SENIOR PRINCIPAL

"We have only succeeded when the building solves the complex array of technical issues imposed AND it lifts the spirit of the users."

Sam Herin, AIA

SAM HERIN

SENIOR PRINCIPAL

"Clients inspire us to develop creative solutions; ones that are responsive to economic and technological needs. Ideally we will surpass these expectations creating a memorable place that is also responsive to the environment."

Steve Graudin, AIA

STEVE GRAUDIN

SENIOR PRINCIPAL

"Good architecture is highly collaborative - not only does it require a talented architect, it also requires an attentive owner and skilled contractor."

Samantha Meinders

Samantha Meinders

Architect

"Firmitas, Utilitas et Venustas.
(Strength, Utility and Beauty)."
- Vitruvius

Brooke Riesberg

Brooke Riesberg

 Architect

“I think architecture should first and foremost respond to the unique qualities of the given site and strive to create a memorable sense of place.”
- Norman Foster

George Cooke

George Cooke

Architect

"I believe that the way people live can be directed a little by architecture."
- Tadao Ando

Corinne Corte

Corinne Corte

Intern Architect

"When I'm working on a problem, I never think about beauty. But when I've finished, if the solution is not beautiful I know it's wrong."
- Buckminister Fuller

Emily Clark - Architect

EMILY CLARK

Architect

“Architecture has recorded the great ideas of the human race.  Not only every religious symbol, but every human thought has its page in the vast book."
- Victor Hugo

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AILED MAZAS

Intern Architect

“As an architect you design for the present with an unawareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown."
- Norman Foster

Sonya Cordina

Sonya Cordina

Business Development

"You must find another reason to work, other than the desire for success or recognition. It must come from another place."
- Elizabeth Gilbert

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erin branham

Office Manager

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone."                                                                - Andy Stanley