Cultural design spaces need to embody the spirit and image of the citizens in their neighborhoods and cities. They should be unique gathering places where individuals come together in unity to express themselves in meaningful and moving ways. At SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson we approach each civic project as an opportunity to uplift the community and the institution it serves. 

Working collaboratively with our clients we strive to exceed the diverse measures of success for a broad range of stakeholders from trustees, boards, directors, steering committees, staff, and, of course, patrons and guests. From visitor length of stay to repeat visits, from evolving patron expectations to the ease of use for guest and staff, from operations and maintenance to technical services, and from marketing to branding, we strive to find smart design solutions tailored to the unique mission, goals and objections of the cultural institution.

By embracing the experiences of the community, our team can provide designs for cultural destinations that create a sense of place that are truly welcoming. Working with the project owner, we create influential projects that balance timelessness with cutting-edge design. Our interpretive and educational objectives support experiential learning environments, historic preservation initiatives, and the creation of interactive fine art exhibits for children as potential learning tools.

It’s important that a cultural center has a positive impact on its community. We know just how successful we’ve been when we see the extent out design impacts the community.”

-Bill Clark, AIA, LEED AP, Principal, President (SWGA), AIA Atlanta President

Cultural destinations aren’t just attractive, they have to be functional. Behind-the-scenes logistics, building operations, and staff operations need to be accounted for in projects – it’s more than meets the eye. We specialize in creating smart design solutions that support the mission and goals of institutions spanning from public libraries to interpretive centers, and from fine art museums to artist studios. 

Whether a new facility, exhibition, renovation, or expansion, we use our planning, architectural, interior design, and building engineering systems expertise to create remarkable spaces for patrons and staff. With engineering experts and interior designers utilizing experience in creating functional spaces, our team creates a destination that is efficient, maintainable, and built with a budget in mind. We start with the intent or purpose of the space, and work from there.

Utilizing the latest in design-based technology, partnered with research and information gathering, we develop environments that are collaborative and promote expression. We also understand the demands necessary when it comes to culture – the need for specific climate controls to preserve art or extensive electrical work for performance.

From small towns to major colleges and universities, our clients represent some of the most respected cultural establishments throughout the Southeast. Often, we find ourselves being called on again and again by the same clients, thanks, in large part, to our keen eye for detail and ability to create spaces that celebrate our communities.

“As a full-service team, we can assure that museums and art galleries are engineered to preserve the piece and artifacts for further generations.”

-John Abbott, AIA, Principal – Vice President, Director of Design (SWGA)

Embracing modern, design-based technology and pairing it with a team of forward-thinking experts, we provide integrated, well-coordinated design services. At SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson, we have demonstrated our ability to deliver superior solutions and memorable experiences. We pride ourselves on being great stewards of a project’s resources, all while meeting goals through timely delivery.

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Atlanta, GA

100 Peachtree Street, NW
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30303

(P) (404) 522-8888
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Birmingham, AL

2204 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 110
Birmingham, AL 35209

(P) (205) 323-2373
(F) (205) 802-9301

Columbia, SC

1501 Main Street
Suite 730
Columbia, SC 29201

(P) (803) 765-0320
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Troy, MI

1050 Wilshire Drive
Suite 260
Troy, MI 48084

(P) (248) 643-6222
(F) (248) 643-6225

Toledo, OH

1001 Madison Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604

(P) (419) 255-3830
(F) (419) 255-6101

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