Congratulations to LS3P’s John Edwards, AIA, NCARB for being named Greenville’s Top 50 most influential people by the Greenville Business Magazine. An LS3P Principal & the Greenville Office Leader, Edwards has been a trusted advisor, design thought leader, relationship builder, community ambassador, urban design advocate, and affordable and workforce housing champion for over three decades. His leadership in pivotal civic task forces, boards and commissions has been instrumental to Greenville’s continued growth and success. As an advisor to numerous Upstate initiatives, Edwards has contributed ideas, energy, and positive influence that benefit all citizens – often uniquely bridging downtown and neighborhood improvements.
Highlights of Edward’s civic engagement include the Greenville Pickens Area Transportation Study (GPATS) Advisory Committee, the City of Greenville Design & Preservation Commission (DPC), and the City of Greenville Design Review Board (DRB). Edwards is a charter member of AIA-CRAN (Custom Residential Architects Network) Greenville and was instrumental in its formation.
A major part of Edwards’ impact is the life-changing design work serving the region’s most vulnerable citizens through support for a variety of local nonprofit organizations including Gateway House, Triune Mercy Center, Genesis Homes, United Housing Connections, Safe Harbor, Homes of Hope, United Ministries and the Greenville Housing Fund. More than a thousand Upstate families have been uplifted through Edwards’ work.
His engagement in serving Greenville and the Upstate affordable housing needs has been transformative for the community. Edwards has led the planning, design, and production of over 300 neighborhood based affordable units locally, providing islands of affordability in an ever-changing and challenging socio-economic landscape. In this work, Edwards has created designs with broad appeal and support. His career-long commitment to quality workforce housing has helped to radically improve the design of Greenville’s affordable housing inventory. His work is supported, loved, and protected by the community.
He has been recognized over sixty times through various awards, publications, video productions, and speaking engagements – cited by peers, allied trade professionals, and consumers for leading the design and execution of a deep portfolio of successful architectural projects.
Founded in 1963, LS3P is an architecture, interiors, and planning firm with regional roots and national reach. Operating from its nine offices in Charleston, Columbia, Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, Atlanta, and Savannah, LS3P is deeply committed to the communities in which it serves and has been honored with over 600 design awards in diverse practice areas. For more information on LS3P, visit ls3p.com.