Hosted by AIA South Carolina
Local Contact: Brad Benjamin


Paired with the National Plenary, Charleston based participants will engage in local sessions designed to support attendees as they build skills and learn about leadership in this full day program. Utilizing the resource, "Living Your Life as a Leader" as a workbook resource, panel and workshop style presentations will demonstrate how leadership can be learned and applied in the practice of architecture.


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The event will take place on Friday, November 18, 2016. The schedule below is subject to adjustment. Download a PDF version of the schedule here.

Local Host


Brad Benjamin, AIA, CSI, LEED AP BD+C
Brad is an Architect and Partner at Radium Architecture, a firm he founded in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2011. Brad has more than 18 years of experience and provides clients demonstrated expertise in programming, workflow analysis, concept development, space evaluation, document production, and construction administration. Brad is a passionate supporter of the architecture profession and a developing leader within the AIA. Currently serving as the 2017 President of AIA South Carolina, he is a recipient of the national AIA’s Young Architect Award as well as a ‘40 Under 40’ honoree of Building Design + Construction magazine.

keynote: design & business leadership


Thompson E. Penney, FAIA, LEED AP
Thompson is Chairman/President/CEO of LS3P, a national architectural practice located in the Carolinas and Georgia. Under Thom’s leadership, LS3P has grown to become a firm consistently recognized by Engineering News Record and Architectural Record as one of the “Top 50 Architecture Firms in the U.S.” and by Interior Design as one of the “Top 100 Design Giants in America”. Thom served as the 79th National President of the American Institute of Architects in 2003, and has been a staunch advocate for the expansion of the knowledge agenda for architects. He has served as Chairman of the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chair of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance’s Regional Economic Development Strategy and a member of the boards of The Charleston Board of Architectural Review, The Charleston Civic Design Center and Foundation, The Charleston Regional Development Alliance, The Trident CEO Council, The Carolina Art Association and the SC Aquarium. 



Jon Penndorf, AIA, LEED AP
Jon is a Senior Associate in the Washington, DC office of Perkins+Will where he serves as Sustainability Leader and Project Manager.  He manages projects at a variety of scales as well as consults on sustainability and resilience topics to other projects within the firm.  A former chair of the AIA Young Architects Forum, last year Jon co-chaired the inaugural AIA Leadership Institute and helped develop the national program and content.  He is a current member of the AIA Strategic Council, representing the Middle Atlantic region, and is a member of the national Advisory Group for Committee on the Environment (COTE). 


Illya Azaroff, AIA
Azaroff's +LAB Architect PLLC is a studio built on trans-disciplinary collaboration. He is a recognized expert in Resilient planning, design and implementation. He is a subject matter expert advising ASPR on the Federal Disaster Recovery Framework, works with city and federal agencies on all aspects of resilience. He was awarded the 2014 Young Architects Award by the AIA for innovative practice and leadership. Innovation, invention and inquiry underpin his work, such as prototyping disaster relief shelters and rapid response systems. Azaroff is an Associate Professor at NYCCT (CUNY) and serves on the board of directors for AIANY, he also serves at AIA National Advocacy Directory for YAF Young Architects Forum and has been recently elected to the AIA National Strategic Council. 


Jennifer Charzewski, AIA, LEED AP
Jennifer is an Associate Principal and Project Manager with Liollio Architecture in Charleston, a 25-person firm that is celebrating 60-years in business this year.  A graduate of Texas A&M University and the University of Minnesota, she relocated to Charleston 10 years ago. Jennifer is neck-deep in that stage of life which struggles to balance time with her three small boys and her responsibilities in project delivery, business development, and firm leadership.  She champions Liollio’s Community market, currently working on projects with Richland Library, SC Department of Parks, the City of Charleston Fire Department, and the College of Charleston.  Jennifer is the past-President of AIA Charleston.


Jon, Illya, and Jennifer will be joined by: Brad Benjamin, Heather Mitchell, and Georgia Cameron

Keynote: fundamentals of leadership


Georgia Cameron, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Georgia is a Healthcare Architect at Little Diversified Architectural Consulting in Charlotte, NC. She has 14 years of experience in architecture, and has designed buildings in the areas of education, healthcare, corporate, commercial, custom residential, and hospitality. A champion of leadership and mentorship initiatives at the local, state and national levels of the AIA, Georgia is a leader through a collaborative and interactive design process, cultivating team excellence and proactive communication. Georgia is the editor of the original AIA “Living Your Life as a Leader” workbook, and a core team member of the AIA Center for Civic Leadership.


Hilton Garden Inn 45 Lockwood Drive, Charleston, SC 29401



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