COLUMBIA, S.C. (April 1, 2020)SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson (S&W), a full-service architecture, engineering, and interior design, is proud to announce that Shayla Merritt, associate, marketing and communications manager, was named one of The State Newspaper’s 20 Under 40 honorees.

Shayla Merritt - Stevens & Wilkinson - Columbia, SCThe State’s 20 Under 40 program honors 20 young professionals, all under the age of 40, who are actively making an impact throughout the Midlands region. Over the years, The State has recognized 320 people from varying backgrounds and professions. This year’s winners were chosen from a large collection of nominations, where a panel of judges reviewed each nominee, looking for those with strong ties to the community and a willingness to always go the extra mile.

“We are extremely proud of Shayla,” states Robby Aull, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, principal and president of SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson’s South Carolina office. “She is more than deserving of this honor as she is extremely involved in the community. Her hard work, determination, and love of the Columbia community is what drives her in everything that she does. It’s no wonder that she is being honored by The State for everything she is (and will continue) to do!”

Merritt is a very proud native of Buffalo, N.Y. As the Marketing and Communications Manager, she oversees the digital footprint and branding for the firm. In addition, she is also responsible for the day-to-day operations of the firm’s Marketing Department in South Carolina. When she is not in the office, Merritt is heavily involved with the following organizations: AIA South Carolina (Communications Committee), MIRCI (Board of Directors), Columbia Chamber’s Leadership Columbia (Board of Directors), University of South Carolina’s Black Alumni Council, City Center Partnership (Marketing Committee), and The Talented Tenth SC.

“We look forward to seeing what Shayla has in store,” continued Aull. “On a personal note, our firm looks forward to seeing what the future has in store for her, especially as it pertains to the work she is already doing at our firm.”

For a complete list of this year’s 20 Under 40 honoree’s, visit:

About SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson: Founded in 1919, SSOE | Stevens & Wilkinson is a full-service architecture, engineering and interior design firm committed to providing clients with “Smart Design Solutions.” The firm’s combined design capabilities lead to projects executed with creative, innovative and holistic design solutions. Learn more:

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