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Erin F. Stevens

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

Erin F. Stevens, 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.