McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture is pleased to announce that Principal and Project Architect Michelle Smyth has been accepted into Leadership South Carolina class of 2023. The oldest state organization dedicated to leadership development, Leadership SC was established in 1979 by the Governor’s Office and the South Carolina business community. Only around 50 highly motivated candidates from hundreds of possible applications are selected every year for Leadership South Carolina’s nine-month core program.
Leadership SC identifies and educates community leaders about issues facing South Carolina and prepares them for statewide public service through a series of seminars. Each class undertakes a project addressing a concern for an underserved community. Since 2005, class projects have donated more than $500,000 to assist with hunger relief, senior care issues, high school drop-out prevention, illiteracy, diversity and children's health initiatives.
Smyth is a dynamic, enthusiastic Project Architect in MPS' Charleston office. She has completed a variety of project types in the Charleston Area for nearly 20 years. She also served for eight years on the City of Charleston’s Design Review Board, served on the James Simons Elementary School Improvement Council and volunteered for the Charleston Parks Conservancy. Smyth is currently serving as the Community Chair for the Memminger Elementary PTO. She is a previous graduate of the Leadership Class of 2019 for the Greater Summerville / Dorchester County Chamber of Commerce.
Since joining McMillan Pazdan Smith Architecture in 2014, Smyth has focused on projects in the K-12 Studio and has recently led teams for the design of two new high schools in the Lowcountry. She believes educational facilities are some of the community's greatest assets and is passionate about using her leadership to help them maximize their impact on the community.
Smyth is a graduate of Furman University, having received a Bachelor of Arts degree, and Clemson University, having received a Master of Architecture. She lives in Charleston with her husband Tyler and children Samuel (12) and Curry (7). In her spare time, she likes to visit area parks and enjoy the waterways around the peninsula.
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