Photograph of Emma Souder, Community Studio Principal at Little


Emma Souder

Community Studio Principal





Award-winning architect demonstrating broad expertise

With over three decades of architectural design and management expertise, Emma has established herself as an innovator in the field. Her extensive portfolio reflects her versatility and creativity in designing spaces that inspire and elevate the human experience. She has delivered exceptional architecture, programming, and interior design services throughout her career across diverse sectors, including education, healthcare, government, commercial, industrial, and residential projects.

In 2011, Emma established Red Iron Architects, which the Charleston Regional Business Journal recognized as the Women-Owned Business of the Year in 2023. In 2024, Little acquired the firm, and Emma retained a leadership position, spearheading the Community Studio in its Charleston, SC office.

Emma has received prestigious accolades, including the coveted 40 Under 40 Award from the Charleston Business Journal and the Charleston Contractor's Association Excellence Award. Additionally, she is a distinguished graduate of Leadership Charleston.

Allegheny College

Bachelor of Arts

Catholic University of America

Master of Architecture

Industry Engagement
South Carolina State AIA board

Past President

AIA Charleston

Past President

Words of Inspiration

“Author Melody Beattie said it best, "Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend."”

- Emma Souder