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Erin F. Stevens

President / Landscape Architect / RLA, LEED AP / Adjunct Professor

Erin, a native of the South Carolina barrier islands, credits her initial ecological fascination to a childhood rich with exploration of the ephemeral coastal landscape. As an adult, Erin’s studies led her from this temperate coastal environment to the frigid urban ecology of New England where she acquired a Bachelors Degree in English and American Literature and Language from Harvard University and a first-hand understanding of the power of varying environmental factors in shaping the human experience. To further explore this phenomenon, she moved to Manhattan to pursue urban studies at Columbia University. After a series of internships—the Skyscraper Museum in New York, the World Health Organization Office for Investment for Health and Development in Venice, Italy and the regional planning agency for the Charleston Metropolitan area (BCDCOG)—she completed her Masters in Landscape Architecture at the University of Georgia.

In her professional career, Erin has worked on a variety of planning and design projects including a federally-funded transit study for the Charleston region, the redevelopment of an environmentally sensitive low-impact residential neighborhood within a highly contaminated watershed, and development guidelines and public space design for multiple mixed-use and infill developments in the Charleston region.

In 2016, Erin founded Surculus, a Charleston-based landscape architecture and urban design firm focused on increasing resilience and effectively integrating ecologically sensitive systems into urbanized and other human-affected contexts. In addition to her practice, she currently teaches a design studio within Clemson University’s Master of Resilient Urban Design Program.

 
 
 
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Taylor Schenker

Landscape Designer

Taylor grew up on the water in Maine and fell in love with all things creative and outdoors. She originally moved to South Carolina to attend Clemson University where she graduated with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Architecture. While she has always loved numbers and data analytics, she got tired of using economic analysis to find the origin of various problems (whether environmental, social, financial, or otherwise) and she decided she wanted to learn ways in which she could use her creative skills to solve those problems. In July of 2018, she moved to Charleston, SC to complete a Masters of Resilient Urban Design at Clemson University.

Along the way she had many adventures. Taylor decided that if she was going to encourage others to live a more sustainable life she needed to experience living as sustainably as possible herself. To do this she spent 3 months living in the Trés Brazos Valley jungle in Panama with a group trying to build a sustainable community from scratch. She also wanted to better understand how policy decisions are made and what their implications may be. To do this she spent a semester in her undergrad studying and interning in Washington, D.C. with The Fund for American Studies and The Ronald Reagan Foundation. To learn more about the world through design, Taylor spent a summer in Genoa, Italy as an Architecture Scholar working towards a minor in Architecture. It is through these experiences that Taylor began to understand herself and the world around her, and that urban design was a field where she could combine all of these passions to creatively solve problems in the real world.