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Feb 8, 2024


by Carol Rickard-Brideau

Little Acquires Red Iron Architects

Little Diversified Architectural Consulting (Little), a national transdisciplinary design firm, announces the strategic acquisition of Red Iron Architects in Charleston, SC. Combining forces will broaden Little’s services across the Charleston region and South Carolina and further grow the firm’s areas of expertise in Community, Healthcare, Commercial and Mixed-Use sectors.

“Little has experienced unprecedented growth in our Charleston office since its opening in 2022, growing tenfold from a team of two to nearly 20,” said Don Baus, AIA, LEED AP. Baus serves as Office President in Little’s Charleston office. “We have been designing projects in South Carolina for the last 10 years, so it’s a natural fit to further extend our presence in the Charleston region and the state.”

United by a joint focus on client service, Little and Red Iron are committed to elevating client performance through collaborative partnerships. Both firms share a passion for innovative design that meets future needs while keeping clients and communities at its center.

“Our focus has always been to enrich the way people work and live,” said Emma Souder, AIA, GGP, former Principal and Owner at Red Iron Architects. Souder now acts as Community Studio Principal in Little’s Charleston office. “Now with our combined expertise, we can deliver even more innovative and sustainable design solutions that make life better for all.”

“People are the heartbeat of everything we do at Little,” said Carolyn Rickard-Brideau, Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Little. “We are excited to welcome the talented people from Red Iron Architects to our team and continue to deepen our relationships in the Carolinas.”

Little is a national design firm recognized for crafting exceptional solutions that elevate client performance in the community, retail, workplace and healthcare industries. With nearly 400 professionals across the U.S., the firm combines expertise in traditional architectural services with proficiency in additional architectural consulting services. Little has been the designer of choice for local projects that include East Edisto Middle School, Hilton Head High School Rebuild, College of Charleston Stern Center Renovation, AC Corcoran Elementary Addition, Greenville Schools CTE Innovation Center and MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina).

Red Iron Architects, LLC, of North Charleston offers architecture, programming, space planning, interior design and construction administration services to educational, governmental, healthcare and commercial clients. The firm has designed noteworthy area projects including Park Circle Community Center and Farmer’s Market, Malcolm C. Hursey Montessori School, Tri-County Therapy Clinic, The Citadel’s Bond Hall and Beach Club, and Charleston Distilling.


Carol Rickard-Brideau

Carol is a self-proclaimed foodie, is endlessly curious about how design affects humans, both psychologically and physically, and has a thing for gardens. She is also an architect and Chief Executive Officer at Little. Follow her on Twitter @WineDarkC.

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