SSOE Group’s Adriane McGillis Named 2019 President of AIA Greater Columbia

COLUMBIA, South Carolina, April 4, 2019 – SSOE Group (, an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, is proud to announce that Adriane McGillis, senior associate and architect, has been named president of American Institute of Architects of Greater Columbia (AIAGC). The 2019 Board of Directors was announced late last year at the AIA Greater Columbia 2018 Design Awards ceremony.

McGillis has been an active member of AIAGC since 2016. She previously served as President Elect/Vice President in 2018 and will serve in 2020 as Past President. Through her involvement with the organization, McGillis has played a crucial role in elevating the profession of architecture by encouraging discussions about good design. She also uses her passion for equity and diversity in the industry to help foster conversations throughout the Columbia community.

“It is an honor to be elected president of A­­­IA Greater Columbia,” said McGillis. “I look forward to continuing to help raise awareness about the value of our profession, and I’m proud to work with such a prominent organization to help continue that education.”

As an active member of AIAGC, Adriane created and implemented the first People’s Choice Awards in the 2018 AIAGC Design Awards program, enabling members of the community to vote on their favorite architectural project. She also brought architecture to First Thursday on Main, a program implemented by City Center Partnership that aims to better inform the community about the profession.

“We are tremendously proud of Adriane for taking on such a high-profile role in the community and representing SSOE in a first-class manner,” said Robby Aull, senior vice president and principal of SSOE. “AIA Greater Columbia plays a crucial role in elevating both the people in our field and the work that we do in the community, so this is quite an honor for her and the firm.”

AIAGC has a membership of roughly 220 design professionals and helps carry out the goals of its parent organizations: to be the voice of the architectural profession and a resource for its members in their service to society. As the 2019 president, Adriane is leading the board of directors in several outreach and education programs for the organization throughout the Midlands region.

About SSOE Group

As an internationally ranked architecture and engineering firm, SSOE is known for delivering unparalleled client value that advances the AEC industry. They have been named a “Great Workplace” (Great Place to Work®) and one of the “Best AEC Firms to Work For” (BD+C).

Over the company’s 75-year history, it has earned a reputation for providing quality project solutions to high-tech and general manufacturing clients in the semiconductor, automotive, battery, food, chemical, and glass industries. SSOE also provides forward-thinking design across healthcare and general building sectors such as corporate workplace, education, and judicial—with projects completed in 40 countries. Visit for additional information and career opportunities.

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