PAWchitecture Greenville raises $5,250 to benefit pet owners in crisis

AIA Greenville and Nichols Architects presents design awards and check to Greenville County Animal Care

Greenville, South Carolina – November 20, 2023AIA Greenville’s inaugural design-build competition raised $5,250 to benefit Greenville County Animal Care’s Safety Net Foster Program, which supports people in crisis who are at risk of losing their pet(s) due to a temporary hardship or unexpected emergency.

AIA Greenville, Nichols Architects, participants and sponsors gathered at Southernside Brewery to celebrate the successful conclusion of the PAWchitecture competition that raised funds through the auction of the one-of-kind dog houses and cat condos created by local architects, designers, and builders.

Organizers recognized the team comprised of Fathom Firm + The Heirloom Companies and the KEEL Concepts team for their winning designs. The other teams were A M King, Craig Gaulden Davis + Triangle Construction Co, Inc., and McMillan Pazdan Smith.

“We are proud to support Greenville County Animal Care and couldn’t be more thankful to the participants and sponsors for taking a leap of faith on this new initiative in our community,” said Catherine Knight, design leader with A M King and past president of AIA Greenville. “PAWchitecture is a wonderful project that celebrates what we all have in common – a creative spirit, a passion for great design, and a desire to help animals in need.”

Miami-based Nichols Architects, who brought the idea to Greenville after participating in PAWchitecture through the Miami Chapter of AIA, presented design awards to participants during the celebration.

“JAKE FRAME,” designed and built by Fathom Firm and Heirloom Companies, received the Greenville Gold award, which is presented as the overall winner of the PAWchitecture competition and epitomizes the best overall design, construction detailing, and showcases elements of Greenville in an innovative way.

Additionally, “OASIS,” designed and built by KEEL Concepts, was presented with the Paws in Show award, which recognizes the overall runner-up to the winner of the PAWchitecture design + build competition.

“We’ve learned through our work here that Greenville is an energetic, pet-loving community with unmistakable charm,” said Igor Reyes, principal at Nichols Architects. “We were so impressed by each of the teams’ unique designs, and I want to applaud them for the tremendous amount of creativity, innovation, and work they put in to support such a wonderful cause.”

Companies sponsoring the initiative include Alice Company, Auro Hotels, BARK: Canine Boutique, Britt Peters, MGC Law, Nichols Architects, Partners in Animal Care, Traveling Chic Boutique, and Tiger Moving.

“We are so grateful to AIA Greenville, Nichols Architects, each of the contestants, and sponsors for their dedication throughout this incredible project,” said Paula Church, community relations coordinator at Greenville County Animal Care. “The funds raised through PAWchitecture Greenville will help us further our mission to promote the compassionate treatment of animals in our community.”

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About AIA Greenville

AIA Greenville, the local section of the South Carolina chapter of the American Institute of Architects, is a professional membership organization advocating for architects, designers and students.  With more than 300 members throughout Upstate South Carolina, we offer an array of programs and events including continuing education, local advocacy, networking, and raising awareness among the public about the value of the work of architects and design in our communities. For more information, visit

About Greenville County Animal Care

Greenville County Animal Care is dedicated to promoting the compassionate treatment of animals in our community through adoption, education, and affordable spay/neuter and veterinary care. We have the largest, most diverse selection of adoptable pets in the Upstate, and our innovative programs and partnerships continue to strengthen our no-kill community for animals.

About Nichols Architects

Nichols Architects is a leading Miami architecture firm specialized in creating iconic hospitality, commercial, and residential projects that inspire wonder and shape communities. Founded in 1967, its vision and building expertise have influenced the transformation of Miami’s modern architectural aesthetic and cemented our legacy of innovation in the region.

For over 50 years, Nichols Architects’ vision and building expertise have influenced the transformation of Miami’s modern architectural aesthetic and cemented its legacy of innovation in the region. The firm’s work has been internationally recognized in the planning and architectural design of mixed-use centers and world-class hotels and resorts, as well as high-end residential, commercial and retail.

Nichols Architects’ project experience includes resort and urban hotels, condo hotels, office buildings, high-rise residential, retail facilities and mixed-use developments which are located throughout the United States, the Caribbean and Bahamas, Central America, South America and Mexico.

About PAWchitecture

PAWchitecture is a design/build initiative of the of the Miami Center for Architecture & Design in partnership with the Miami Chapter of the American Institute of Architects that brings together architects, designers, and builders to create one-of-a-kind pet furniture by professional and student teams. AIA Greenville and Nichols Architects have brought the concept to our community where proceeds will be supporting Greenville County Animal Care’s Safety Net Foster Program.



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