At LS3P, our mission is to engage clients to design meaningful places that serve people, organizations, institutions and communities. At our core, we are a design firm, dedicated to contributing our best to projects, clients, society and each other with integrity and passion. We engage people in the process of architecture to create outstanding places to live, work, learn, heal, serve, worship and play. As trusted advisors to our clients, we forge enduring connections by bringing new levels of thought, insight and inspiration to the process of design and architecture.
LS3P’s work represents an informed and inspired outgrowth of each client’s vision. Our connection to our clients is based on knowledge and understanding of their challenges, goals and aspirations. LS3P’s projects become extensions of their organizations, communities and regions, whether meeting aesthetic desires for a signature building, creating improved efficiency for staff, bringing better living conditions to our troops, inspiring congregations, or creating a custom space for family life.
Our diverse mix of clients, markets and project types unlocks new doors for clients and in our practice. This broad range of expertise allows us the ability to create innovative solutions and provide perspective and insight to addressing the complex programs of today’s design projects. As an organization, we offer the most advanced resources available for clients’ projects to positively influence people, communities and outcomes.
LS3P celebrates 50 years of dedication to our clients and the communities in which we practice and live. The firm’s heritage of design excellence was founded May 1, 1963, by Frank Lucas. LS3P has since grown to include a professional staff of over 200 serving the Southeast from offices in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina; and in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina.
Today, LS3P is led by CEO Thomas E. Penney, (who started at the firm as a high school intern;) Executive Vice President for Practice, Katherine N. Peele; and Executive Vice President for Business, George E. Temple, IV. Seven practice leaders serve a diverse array of markets including Government, Higher Education, Healthcare, K-12 Education, Commercial, Faith-Based and Residential design teams. The firm’s extensive design portfolio has resulted from a diverse breadth of specialized expertise in project types that also include Aviation, Parking Decks, Civic, and Parks and Recreation projects.
LS3P’s enduring legacy is expressed through our clients’ success. Their stories reflect the integrity, excellence, empowerment, collaboration, balance, caring and stewardship that are the foundation of LS3P. Our commitment to clients is a lifetime endeavor built on common trust and admiration.