Dawson Architects founded in 1999 as Dawson & Wissmach, works closely with clients to create spaces that inspire and stand the test of time. The firm’s dedication to client service, design creativity, and innovative problem solving has led to more than 20 Historic Preservation Awards while remaining true to each client’s individual needs and exceeding expectations for every project.

Dawson brings over 16 years of experience in higher education, historic preservation, hospitality, commercial, and civic projects. Thompson E. Penney, FAIA, LS3P’s Chairman|President|CEO, notes that this strategic partnership will integrate over 300 talented architects, planners, interior designers, and support staff. “LS3P has always had a coastal heritage and a culture that is rooted in the Southeast. Dawson Architects has a very compatible culture, with diverse experience and a strong focus on design excellence, client service and community involvement,” Penney explains. “This merger gives us a stronger presence in Savannah and coastal Georgia, and allows us to combine strengths with a well-respected citizen, architect, and friend.”

Neil Dawson, AIA, Principal of Dawson Architects, believes that the merger will allow the firms to share diverse knowledge, broad portfolios, and extensive expertise.  “We are excited to blend the talent and dedication of our incredible staff with the opportunity for growth and expertise in a variety of market sectors. It is an exciting opportunity to be part of a growing firm that is nationally admired and respected as one of the country’s top architecture firms,” Dawson says.

Dawson will become an LS3P Principal as well as the Savannah Office Leader.