Situated roughly 15 miles east of Augusta, near the midpoint of South Carolina’s long border with Georgia, is the beautiful city of Aiken. The city attracts many of New England’s financial elites, who came to the area to build luxury houses, churches, clubs, and gardens. The city is an idyllic location for history buffs and nature lovers alike and offers an abundance of walking and cycling paths. The largest urban forest in the United States, Hitchcock Woods, is located here. With its natural beauty, historic landmarks, and prosperous economy, Aiken is an engaging and welcoming city. Residential architects in and around the region specialize in making the idea of a new home in this city a reality. The best residential architects in Aiken, South Carolina, are included in this list, selected for their experience, noteworthy designs, and industry recognition.


A. Tate Hilliard, LLC

633 South Boundary Ave. SE, Aiken, SC 29801,

A. Tate Hilliard, LLC is a renowned architectural firm specializing in designing unique and timeless residential spaces that are comfortable and sustainable. A. Tate Hilliard’s commitment to providing high-quality architecture through innovative technologies and design concepts has earned the firm recognition as one of Aiken’s best residential architects. Charleston Style & Design Magazine, Augusta Magazine, and South Carolina Homes & Gardens have all featured A. Tate Hilliard’s high-end residential designs. A. Tate Hilliard is also a recipient of the Lighthouse Award by the Hilton Head Area Home Builders Association. 

The project featured here is one of the many stunning projects that the firm has built for its clients, which was designed by Christopher Rose Architects. This project combines contemporary elegance and Old World charm, set in lovely, tropical and secluded grounds. Inside the home are a spacious modern kitchen with marble countertops, and plenty of entertainment spaces. The backyard features an in-ground pool.


Cheatham Fletcher Scott Architects

420 1/2 Eighth St., Augusta, GA 30901

Delivering high-quality work demands meticulous attention to detail. Cheatham Fletcher Scott (CFS) Architects, an Augusta-based design firm, has emphasized this trait in all its services for more than four decades. CFS’s team of architects and interior designers designs spaces that value functionality and comfort. During its years in the industry, the firm has worked with Fortune 500 companies and clients around the world, from Canada to Hawaii. The team is led by LEED recognized and licensed architects and designers who are making a positive impact on the environment. 

The firm’s portfolio provides a comprehensive insight into the projects and services that the firm has provided, from historic restoration to custom home design from the ground up. The firm specializes in residential designs such as Shingled, Cottage, and Modern Contemporary and has also designed churches, schools, and workplaces. One of the firm’s notable projects is their extensive renovation and addition to the Aiken brick ranch home shown here. From a new entry courtyard and dining room to an open plan living room and a new master bedroom suite, the firm managed to integrate each room into the existing structure, completely transforming the home.


Aiken Residential Design, LLC

82 Beehive Ln., Aiken, SC 29805

Aiken Residential Design, LLC understands that creating transformative and memorable spaces for each user is the ultimate purpose of architecture. That’s why the company prioritizes the client’s dream by using state-of-the-art 3D technology to visualize every detail, and by providing a comprehensive set of architectural services to actualize that vision. 

The relatively young firm, with just over a decade of service, is overseen by its highly experienced principal architect, Karl Splan. Karl has over 35 years of experience in the residential industry and 25 years of experience as a builder. With his extensive knowledge, he has proven himself more than capable of handling residential projects for the most exacting clients. His projects, such as the home renovation shown here, have landed the firm in publications such as 2020 Luxe Interiors & Design

This project transformed a rustic carriage barn into a modernized home that highlights modern living and elegance. With its vintage ornaments, furniture, fixtures, and wooden details, the house has a rustic and classic atmosphere. The design has an efficient organization of space and utility upgrades.


Christopher Booker & Associates, PC

670 Broad St., Augusta, GA 30901

Understanding what clients want and need is key to exceeding their expectations. That’s why Christopher Booker & Associates, PC places client satisfaction foremost, resulting in loyal relationships and successful projects. Applying this approach, the firm’s principal architects have earned numerous AIA certifications. 

 The firm is led by its three principal architects, Christopher Booker, AIA, Nathan Vick, AIA and NCARB, and Ed Boyen, AIA and LEED AP. All three have unique backgrounds, from their education and degrees to their work credentials and history, which they enthusiastically apply as a collaborative team. 

Shown here is the Robinson Residence, located in Aiken, South Carolina. This home is situated in a lush landscape of vegetation and natural scenery, providing gorgeous views. The design has a subtropical plantation feel, featuring palms and a wraparound veranda. Leisure amenities include a backyard pool.


Holland Architects

384 Barnard Ave. SE, Aiken, S.C. 29801

Since its start four decades ago, Holland Architects has established itself as a pioneer in the practice of architecture. The firm provides planning and extensive architectural services to a variety of market sectors. The firm’s experience and cutting-edge technology result in exceptional projects. 

The man behind Holland Architects is Mike Holland, an active member of NCARB and graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University. Licensed in South Carolina and Georgia, Mike has earned the respect of his client base across these states. He incorporates his experience in a wide range of styles into his craft. 

The Mann Residence is one of the firm’s notable residential projects. The traditional two-story home was given a transitional style with incorporation of modern upgrades. The home’s symmetrical façade is complemented by the surrounding vegetation. The interior features several different styles, which combine to create an inviting home.