Entrepreneur Minute – Scott Garvin, Garvin Design Group

June 21, 2023

The Who’s on the Move, Entrepreneur Minute is an interview in support of the undeniable impact that entrepreneurs have on our communities. We will be highlighting 20 entrepreneurs in each of our markets (Columbia, Greenville and Charleston) with a short video. You will see a diverse group of entrepreneurs and we will be exploring the theme of overcoming obstacles.

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Scott Garvin, President, Garvin Design Group

Columbia-based architecture, interiors, and planning firm Garvin Design Group celebrates its 20th anniversary on June 26, 2023. Scott Garvin established his firm in the historic Gervais Place building following many successful years practicing architecture in Greenville and Columbia. Corporate partners Terry Buchmann, Mark Timbes, and David Sickinger joined Scott within the firm’s first few years. Twenty years later, Garvin Design Group has grown to include 21 team members, amassed more than $1 billion worth of project experience, and garnered more than 60 awards.

Several high-profile projects enabled Garvin Design Group to quickly gain a foothold in the local business community. Some of the firm’s earliest projects – including the adaptive reuse of the Olympia and Granby Mills, 701 Whaley, and Gervais Place – catalyzed its success and cemented its role in revitalizing Columbia’s urban core. Garvin Design Group established expertise in design for adaptive reuse, higher education, and worship spaces. The firm’s portfolio has since expanded to include civic, commercial, retail, hospitality, and multifamily residential projects.

Garvin Design Group’s recent projects have taken the firm beyond the Midlands. The firm’s South Carolina portfolio now includes projects in Hilton Head, Charleston, Myrtle Beach, Conway, and the Upstate. Higher Education projects continue to form a significant portion of the firm’s workload and include athletics, academics, and student life spaces throughout the state of South Carolina.

Further afield, Garvin Design Group recently completed Halls Chophouse in Nashville and Club Wyndham/Margaritaville Vacation Club in Atlanta.

Locally, the firm’s latest projects include Smoked on Main Street, Gadsden Place apartments in the Vista, and the adaptive reuse of Rosewood Church site into a mixed-use residential and retail campus.


Below is a full audio podcast version of our conversation with Scott Garvin. You can also listen to this podcast on Apple and Spotify. Just search for the WhosOnTheMove SC podcast and please consider subscribing.